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Sep 6, 2008 08:22 PM

Wolfgang's Steak- Park Ave or Greenwich?

Is there any real difference in the food or experience or are both equal? This is probably the next stop on my steak adventures....

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  1. We've not been to both locations, only the original on Park Av., so I can't comment on the equivalency of the food. However, the one thing the downtown Wolfgang's does not have is the Park Av. landmark interior, including a fabulous Gustavino ceiling. I did like the food.

    1. Been to both. The food is the same in both places but the one downtown is much much larger. 33rd street in my opinion was the better option.

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      1. re: taboo

        Thanks- what was it about 33rd that was better?

        1. re: steakrules85

          Downtown. Taboo is right, it's much larger. Also, I found the vibe better and more relaxed.

          1. re: steakrules85

            The downtown one does have more room, etc but the one on 33rd since it is in a old train station just has more of an old NYC vibe. It is quite loud though and always crowded, but the food is consistent and really good.

            1. re: taboo

              It was never a train station. It was once called the Della Robbia Bar and then called Vanderbilt Station. But it was never Mr. Vanderbilt's private railway station.

              The ceiling is beautiful, but the tiles make it loud inside.

              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

       mistake. I was told otherwise.... thanks for the clarification. :)

          2. re: taboo

            I think the quality of the food is same at both places. Initially, they moved the uptown chef to downtown, i have no idea who the chef is now , probably 10 chefs later,,but the steak is always good. Ive been to Uptown once ,downtown many times. Parking is always available downtown on the street, and getting a cab is easy they line up outside there and Tribeca Grill.

          3. I've found the Park Ave location to be much more consistent than Tribeca. I always opt for the Park ave location unless I'm already in Tribeca for work.

            Not only have I found the food more consistent at the Park Ave location, I prefer the vibe/ interiors and service as well.

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            1. re: Spends Rent on Food

              Why oh why go here? It is so noisy, your ears will ring. The ceiling is lovely, but it is also about 7 feet above your head in the high places. You certainly won't have a conversation with anyone at the table. The steak is only so-so. It's jammed with people at the bar screaming at each other waiting for tables as reservations are taken but not honored on time. If this is your "vibe" go. If your're going to spend a couple of hundred for dinner you deserve a better scene.

              1. re: meinNYC

                I go for the excellent steak, served in one of the nicer dining rooms in the city. It may not be for everyone, but I've never had the 'can't hear the person across the table' problem. Granted it can get loud, but I've never found it prohibitively so.

                It's too bad you didn't have a great time there, and certainly can't comment on your wait. But I'd recommend it 10 times out of 10 - Wolfgangs is where I take my steak money... when I have it...

            2. 33rd Street always feels cramped and loud. Plus they really make you wait for your table. I love steak and hate going there. Greenwich was much nicer.

              Ben and Jacks on 43rd was better than both of them.

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              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                To meinNYC:

                That's why I prefer downtown. The noise level is manageable, it's spacious, and they usuallly seat you on time.

              2. Not even close. Greenwich is a far better option. The Park Avenue location is crowded and the space has terrible acoustics. Tables are jammed right next to each other. You can never get a drink at the bar. And they never seat you on time.

                Greenwich is the exact opposite. Food is exactly the same.

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                1. re: MetroDad

                  As the expression goes, "Never say never!" We were at the Park Av. Wolfgang's on a Sunday evening. We were seated right on time by Wolfgang himself. The bar area was virtually deserted. While tables are fairly close, I wouldn't say they are jammed in. And though almost all were occupied, the acoustics posed no problems for us.