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Smith and Wollensky group restaurants in NY - which is best?

Bookistan Dec 10, 2006 07:39 PM

Hi, I have a gift card for Smith & Wollensky, also good at Post House, Maloney & Porcelli, Quality Meats, and a couple of other places. I'd really appreciate comments and recommendations on any of these restaurants. Thank you!

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    bobby06877 Dec 11, 2006 10:10 PM

    I would recommend Post House, my experiences at S&W have not been great. S&W almost has a corporate feel to it, kind of cold.It feels like a business restaurant. I agree with haleyjen that Post House has more of a neighborhood feel to it. I have not been to Quality Meats but the reviews on the board have been mixed.

    1. jakew8 Dec 11, 2006 09:53 PM

      I haven't been to Quality Meats, but

      1. I've overheard positive things said in conversation,
      2. the write-ups are positive, and
      3. I had a delicious bite of steak from them at a tasting event.

      It's high on my list right now, and probably worth a try for someone with money to spend there!

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        haleyjen Dec 10, 2006 08:37 PM

        I prefer Post House...very neighborhood, totally not touristy.

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          TGibbons Dec 10, 2006 08:09 PM

          I think S&W group includes Cite. If so, go during the wine week. Great fun!

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            RCC Dec 10, 2006 08:08 PM

            I like the steaks at Post House more than S&W. Somehow, our PH steaks were tastier, nicely done and not as dry-cooked as the ones we had in S&W. The ambiance at S&W is less formal, louder and definitely much more busier with the constant herding in and out by customers, especially as it is a more popular tourist destination than the PH.

            Plus, if you are looking for a better wine list, Post House has the more robust international list, including some decent Bordeaux; while, I believe, S&W only has an all-American list. Although, we BYOBd when we dined at both places.

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              RGR Dec 10, 2006 07:51 PM

              I've been to S&W and the Post House. Between these two, no contest for me: S&W. Better food, friendlier service, and more vibrant atmospherics.

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