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mortons vs. smith and wolensky

i have an opportunity to have a gift certificate to morton's or smith and wolensky. we love porterhouse and a great vodka martini in a fine martini up glass (a must). the certificate will be for either 100 or 200 dollars (it's reward points from credit card)
who votes for what and which certificate?

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  1. I prefer s&w - if you eat on the Wollensky Grill side, you're seated right by the bar and very capable bartenders.

    Of course, if it's porterhouse you love, you should go to Luger.

    1. Morton's has one of the best dressed-up steak options I've ever had, 2 petite filets on toasts, topped w/ lump crabmeat and bernaise sauce. Sort of a filet mignon "benedict". However, if a more clean steak is your thing, I'd go to Luger's. Best steak around (IMO).

      1. Of the two I'd pick S&W. At least they dry-age their steaks unlike the wet-aged mush Morton's sells.

        1. Personally I think the S&W Bone In Cajun RibEye is the best steak in NYC.

          1. What's to compare. S&W is a true steakhouse with a great steak.

            Morton's has gone downhill over the last ten years and is not true to the Chicago location on the 70's. I actually left half my steak on a plate last year (first and only time i did not finish a PH is 30 years) and when the head waiter came over for the normal "how is everything?" i told him the steak was horrible. His reaction was "Thank you" and walked away. All i could do was smile at my colleagues.

            I'd choose a bunch of steak places over Morton's while very few over S&W.

            1. LOOKS LIKE SW GET'S OUR BUSINESS. TOO BAD WE'RE LIMITED TO 2 COICES. THANKS FOR ALL OF THE RESPONSES!

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              1. re: yeshana

                not really, b/c you can use that AmEx Rewards certificate at any of the S & W group restaurants, i.e. Cite, Maloney & Porcelli, Post House, etc.

                1. re: vegas

                  WHICH SHOULD WE GO TO? SM IS HAVING A LUNCH AND 10 WINE SPECIAL IN MID MARCH FOR 10.00 ADDED TO LUNCH BILL. WE LIKE TO EAT MIDDAY WHEN IT'S A LARGE MEAL SO THE TIMING IS GOOD. SHOULD WE GO TO ONE OF THE OTHERS INSTEAD?

                  1. re: vegas

                    s&w was an awful meal. steak was ok. dinner w/o wine - just horrid salad, potato and steak only was 200.00! only decent thing was the steak- fair though! parking was a bargain- 13.00- never parked for less than 20.00 when garaging it!

                    1. re: yeshana

                      Between the two you asked about, there is no contest for me. I actually had a "bad" steak at Morton's. Maybe it was a fluke but once bitten, twice shy.
                      S & W has not hurt me so far. And their present TV commercials of music from Bach's Mass in Bm are superb with a logo to match!
                      ("If steak were a religion, this would be its cathedral!")