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