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Steak: The Palm (original) vs. Wolfgang's (original)

I have been asked to choose between these two steakhouses for an intimate dinner this week. I have never been to either. Any suggestions? How would you vote and why?

Thank you kindly!

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  1. Wolfgangs has better, steak, sides and atmosphere.

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    Wolfgang's
    4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

    1. Am not sure if the Wofgangs on Park in the 30's is the "original". If you're considering that location for an intimate dinner, forget it. The place doesn't seat you promptly, they have you wait at the very crowded bar full of after office guys drinking beer till all hours,then they seat you and you have to SCREAM to place your order. As to talking to someone at a 2 person table, you can gesture. They have a nice low tile ceiling and all noise just bounces. If can must bring earplugs.

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      1. re: meinNYC

        I appreciate your point.
        Purely on steak, where would you go?

        1. re: yosemitesamuel

          Wolfgangs on food... and if you want intimate go to the Tribeca location or the one in the 50's East side... I actually like the ambiance at 33rd St but it is not intimate. The others are.

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          Wolfgang's
          409 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

          Wolfgang's
          200 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

          1. re: dyrewolf

            I agree with dyrewolf that the Tribeca Wolfgang is more intimate, although most steak houses really aren't intimate. The same goes for the Palm, the one on West St. near Tribeca is more intimate than the original Palm. The steak and menu selection is better though at Wolfgangs. The downtown Palm is darker inside than Wolfgang's , if that qualifies as more intimate. Either way , stick with Tribeca

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            Wolfgang's
            409 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

            Palm
            837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

            Palm Tribeca
            206 West Street, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: meinNYC

          I have been there numerous times, as a 2-top and with a larger group. I have never been made to wait more than 5 or so minutes. And, the volume has never bothered me. It's one of my favorite places to go, and one of the only places I bother to eat steak.

        3. I went to the Palm Too last night and it was delicious. The BEST cream spinach ever (and I've tried it everywhere). Great steaks, home fries. Everything you want from a steak house. But it is far from intimate.

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          Palm Too
          840 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

          1. Went to the original The Palm back in March, and it was among the most disappointing steaks I've had. I had the ribeye, and all I kept thinking is that my dad used to grill better ribeye steaks than what I was eating at The Palm--really miss my dad!

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            Palm
            837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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            1. re: ellenost

              My husband and I were similarly disappointed by the original Palm. I wouldn't return.

            2. I ate at The Palm in East Hampton once and the experience was powerful enough to make me never want to try another Palm again. Life is too short, and I value it too highly.

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                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  Funny, I hate The Palm in East Hampton, but the steak isn't why (frankly when I am out there I like to buy a prime steak from Citarella and grill it myself or if I just got an order from one of my sources even better) The room has nothing to recommend it, feels like a cafeteria. They don't take rezzies for small groups so one waits FOREVER to sit and the crowd is, well, the worst of East Hampton. If I must go to a steakhouse out there.. Bobby Van's in Bridge..