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Smith And Wollensky

Sat May 19, 2007 8:06 am

Aight, I am itching to know. Has anyone eaten at Smith and Wollensky and if so, is it really worth the price?
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sat May 19, 2007 8:26 am

I'm not really sure it is. I've been to the restaurants in Chicago and New York. You order a steak and you get a chunk of meat on a plate - Nothing else. Everything is a la carte. If you want a baked potato, you need to order it separately. If you want veggies or a salad, you need to order them separately. Mind you, the steak is really nice, and done exactly as you request - but... it's really expensive for what you get. Smith and Wollensky make their living off businessmen on expense accounts, not the average (or even affluent) diner.
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sat May 19, 2007 11:42 am

I'd say yes. Their creamed spinach is better than the competition. They also have the Wine specials which are an amazing deal.

From a purist's point of view there is no place like Peter Luger, and Bobby Van's and Sparks still tops S&W.
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sun May 20, 2007 7:33 am

Quoting PA110 (Reply 1):
Smith and Wollensky make their living off businessmen on expense accounts,

 yes  I went there once with my dad when he was in NYC for business. He was with a bunch of guys from his company and, of course, they expensed everything. The steak was alright, but I hated the atmosphere. It was packed wall to wall with those obnoxious, loud-talking, cigar-chomping, scotch-on-the rocks drinking, corporate a-hole types. I felt very out of place.

Plus, no American steakhouse can ever be very impressive now that I've tasted Argentine beef. Everyone should visit Buenos Aires and sample some truly delicious steak. Yummy!!
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sun May 20, 2007 7:59 am

Quoting Kevi747 (Reply 3):
Plus, no American steakhouse can ever be very impressive now that I've tasted Argentine beef. Everyone should visit Buenos Aires and sample some truly delicious steak. Yummy!!

What makes it different???

I'd love to try it!
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sun May 20, 2007 8:19 am

The steaks are hit or miss. I had a Filet that was perfect, and the guy next to me couldn't stop complaining.
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Morton's is still the best, followed by Pappas Steakhouse in Houston
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sun May 20, 2007 8:20 am

Quoting Kevi747 (Reply 3):
I went there once with my dad when he was in NYC for business. He was with a bunch of guys from his company and, of course, they expensed everything. The steak was alright, but I hated the atmosphere. It was packed wall to wall with those obnoxious, loud-talking, cigar-chomping, scotch-on-the rocks drinking, corporate a-hole types. I felt very out of place.

Plus, no American steakhouse can ever be very impressive now that I've tasted Argentine beef. Everyone should visit Buenos Aires and sample some truly delicious steak. Yummy!!

Argentine beef is not as good as USA beef, (I'm writing this from just north of the Argentinian border in Brasil) but the Kobe beef in Japan is great. Almost like eating Toro (fatty tuna).

S&W is good. I've had better, but also alot worse. It is a little pricy, but not outrageous. No, I did not expense the cost as it was not business related.

Sounds like you have a little chip on your shoulder with respect to businessmen.
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Sun May 20, 2007 2:38 pm

Quoting JetJock22 (Thread starter):
Has anyone eaten at Smith and Wollensky and if so, is it really worth the price?

Yes......


Had better though for the price.
I wasn't too impreessed with smilth. I feel you can get a better steak at Ruth;s Chirs, and a buch of other resturaruns I have been too.


the steak isn;'t bad at S&w, but it isnt; great either.
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Mon May 21, 2007 11:52 pm

S&W is good, but you can do better. I would never go to the one in Vegas, for example - if you're going to drop that kind of coin, go to Craftsteak instead. (My favourite steakhouse ever!)
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 12:44 am

Quoting CasInterest (Reply 7):
Yes......


Had better though for the price.
I wasn't too impreessed with smilth. I feel you can get a better steak at Ruth;s Chirs, and a buch of other resturaruns I have been too.


the steak isn;'t bad at S&w, but it isnt; great either.

shit son.....

you post drunk or something?
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 1:17 am

I've never had a steak from S&W, but have heard they are terrific.

I have had steak from Shula's 357. (I think I have the number right) There is one in Norfolk - damn fine cut of beef, and prepared perfectly.

Locally though, we have a restaurant called, The Grate Steak. You can cook it yourself, or have them cook it for you. I like cooking myself, and always have a great time at the grill with others doing the same.

http://thegratesteak.com/

For the central Florida a-netters. Back in the 70s and 80s on my many trips to the Orlando area, there was a place called "Lockintinas" or something like that. I've had some of the best beef I've ever had from that place. Anybody ever heard of it?
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 2:10 am

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 6):
Argentine beef is not as good as USA beef, (I'm writing this from just north of the Argentinian border in Brasil)

WHAT!!  Wow! You're kidding, right? Oh well, to each his own I guess. But I wholeheartedly disagree.

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 4):
What makes it different???

I'd love to try it!

They don't use hormone shots or special feeds. The meat is more tender, juicy, and flavorful than the beef you get in the US.

At most American steakhouses you have to drown the meat in steak sauce or add salt to flavor it. Everytime I've had beef in Buenos Aires it just comes by itself on a plate, you just cut into it and its perfect.

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 6):
but the Kobe beef in Japan is great. Almost like eating Toro (fatty tuna).

That's what I've heard, and I would love to try it. I need to try and get a NRT trip.
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 7:47 am

I tried them in Columbus, OH, and I thought it was not worth the money - neither the steak, nor the atmosphere. Too loud, too pretentious.

There was a smaller chain that I totally preferred - Hyde Park. I am still dreaming of their porterhouse....
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 8:07 am

They tend to be pretty hit or miss geographically. I have had good experiences with the Boston, NY and Houston locations but found Miami Beach and Columbus to be quite sub par. As for the price, considering the competition is all pretty much the same and the offerings at Morton's and Ruth's Chris are far superior, it's not worth it. I would say give it a shot, it's not terrible compared to the average dining establishment, but if you eat a lot of steak and do so at the better places, you won't be impressed.
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 8:09 am

Best steak I ever had was at Queue de Cheval in Montreal. Absolute heaven
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 8:12 am

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 4):
What makes it different???

The parasites.
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 8:19 am

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 4):
What makes it different???

I'd love to try it!

Argentinian beef is grass fed instead of corn fed. Like anything that eats grass (any of your game meats) it will have, wait for it...a gamey taste. Some folks like it and some folks don't I prefer American beef myself but wouldn't turn down an Argentinian one if it was tossed in front of me.

Quoting Kevi747 (Reply 3):
but I hated the atmosphere. It was packed wall to wall with those obnoxious, loud-talking, cigar-chomping, scotch-on-the rocks drinking, corporate a-hole types. I felt very out of place.

Dear lord what group do you fall under? overbearing, soft-spoken, non-smoking nazi, wine cooler drinking, shoeless hippie type?  Wink
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 8:23 am

Quoting Kevi747 (Reply 11):
Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 6):
but the Kobe beef in Japan is great. Almost like eating Toro (fatty tuna).

That's what I've heard, and I would love to try it. I need to try and get a NRT trip.

I've had Kobe beef (in LA) and it was incredible! It almost melts in your mouth...

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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 8:24 am

Quoting FURUREFA (Reply 17):
I've had Kobe beef (in LA) and it was incredible! It almost melts in your mouth...

My dream is to try Wagyu beef. One day....
 
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RE: Smith And Wollensky

Tue May 22, 2007 4:27 pm

9.0 points for tasty. I've been to the Smith and Wollensky on the Dallas North Tollway. It's a great steakhouse, but if you are really looking for perfection from a five-star chain steak house, it all comes down to Ruth's Chris. Perfect all the time, every time.... awesome.
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