When you hear the name Bobby Van, you think of the Broadway actor. So, I always assumed that the restraunt Bobby Van’s Steakhouse was named after him. I was wrong! Bobby Van, was a Juilliard School dropout who started his Steakhouse in Bridgehampton. Truman Capote, George Plimpton, Dustin Hoffman, From Here to Eternity author James Jones, Harper’s editor Willie Morris, Kurt Vonnegut, artists Roy Lichtenstein, William de Kooning, Bob Dylan and the bohemian crowd were regulars. The Bridgehampton restraunt still exsists, but now Bobby Van’s has eight New York locations, with two in Washington, DC., and yes, the stars still flock there.
My guest and I decied to try the Central Park location at 40 Central Park South. Spacious with the feeling of simple elegance, this location has tables outside and tables inside, that offer a view of the park. This is new addition to Bobby Van’s Steakhouse makes you feel right at home.
Starting out with Harry’s Salad ($16), fresh shrimp adorned the dish, which was filled with chopped shrimp, string breans, tomato’s, red onions, roasted red peppers and topped with bacon in a shallot vinaigrette. This dish was light, refreshing and the perfect starter. If you are going to the theatre, this is the perfect light lunch, paired with their delicious homemade bread and creamy butter.
Across from our table they were enjoying the cold seafood tower ($33) and it looked so fresh we snapped a picture of it.
It’s well known that Bobby Van’s serves some of the city’s best steaks and lobsters. After trying the Bone in Rib Eye ($59), I have to say this was the best steak, I have had in New York and I’ve eaten a lot of steaks. Suculant, juicy and full of flavor, this steak is a masterpiece.
We also tried the Pork Chops ($33). Tender and full of meat, these chops had not one piece of fat on them. Served with a cinimon infused apple sauce, these are a meat lovers dream.
To go with our entrees we ordered hash browns, which were perfectly served, crispy yet, fluffy and flavorful.
Creamed spinach that was serious perfection.
and steamed asparagus. All the sides are $11.75 each, easy to share and generous in portions. The only thing we weren’t thrilled with was the asparagus, as we both like our asparagus tiny and less al dante.
Our fabulous waiter Stefan brought us steak sauce, which I have to say beats Peter Luger’s. We used this on our hash browns and the Pork Chops. The steak was just too perfect on it’s own.
Hint to theatre goers what a perfect way to end the night than with a scruptious dessert and glass of champagne at Bobby Van’s.
There are also Bobby Van’s at 135 West 50th Street and 120 West 45th Street for theatre goers, award attendee’s and those who live in Times Square. We will definately be back.