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Bull & Bear Steakhouse

570 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
+1 212-872-4606
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Ranked #1,118 of 11,626 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $75
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 49th Street & 50th Street
Transit: 6 train to 51st Street, E & M trains to 53rd Street. 8 Blocks from Grand Central Terminal
Description: Bull and Bear offers USDA Prime Dry-Aged Beef from DeBragga, New York’s Butcher. This legendary steakhouse is home to one of the most historic and well-recognized bars in New York City. Market-fresh seafood including East Coast Oysters, Lobster and side dishes to share are their tempting companions. The Bull and Bear Bar is where Market Movers Trade Tales Over the City’s Best Martini. Quoted ‘one of the 3 best bar's in the World’ by the New York Times in 2005. Bull and Bear's wine library is a private, intimate dining room adjacent to the bar.
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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the Bull and Bear on a Saturday night, we were there around 7 PM. We loved the old school steak house look, the staff seemed to be a bit unorganized but the meal was great. Great location, we would go again for drinks at the famous bar.

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This place has so much atmosphere, and is lots of fun. The Bartenders are friendly and helpful. We were unable to order food at the bar one night, because the restaurant was too busy, so the barmaid gave us a couple of ideas for other bar/restaurants, and we ended up having a really great night. We went back to thank... More

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear 2walkabout, Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of our Bull & Bear steakhouse at the Waldorf Astoria! It is a high pleasure to offer our unique menu to our valued guests, and we are thrilled to learn that you were satisfied with your experience here (and with the recommendation our staff member made- that's what... More

Annapolis, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Stunning bar located in the old Waldorf Astoria. Expensive but typical for NYC. Service is great and the bar is quite big and roomy.

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Melissa, We appreciate you choosing to visit us and are delighted to learn that you enjoyed the ambiance of our bar. For decades, businessmen, tourists, and locals alike have visited the Bull & Bear bar to imbibe after work or enjoy a cocktail at any time of the evening, and it is a high pleasure to welcome loyal patrons... More

White Oak, TX
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We ate here prior to attending the theater. We were staying at the Waldorf so it was very convenient to eat here. The food was very good. We had the filet. It was cooked very well and the sides were extremely tasty. Service was good, too.

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear VLF, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent dining experience at our Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. We are thrilled to learn that you had an enjoyable experience and left with a full stomach! We hope you will visit us again soon. Thank you, Gilbert Bolivar General Manager of the Bull & Bear... More

San Francisco, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Want to eat at the famous bull and bear without spending $150/ person or more. You can do this by eating in their bar room. You get the indulgence of the Waldorf Astoria building with the portions and drinks to keep your wallet fat and you skinny.

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Julia M, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent experience at our Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse in the prestigious Waldorf Astoria. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the value and service of your stay, and yes, our bar room is a popular place for businessmen and women to... More

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the atmosphere and service was excellent. The steak was truly cooked according to your request, and the bread was amazing! Only small complaint was that my chair was so sunken in, my bum was numb before I'd finished my main meal.

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear LouLou_Da, Thank you for taking the time to let us know how your recent visit to our Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse went. We are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed a delicious meal and will take your comments about the comfort level of our chairs into consideration as we move forward to evolve and meet our valued... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I have been going to this bar for decades. The carving of the Bull and the Bear where carried up Fifth Avenue many decades ago when a men's club relocated and the Wall Street moguls made this a watering hole on their way home. It sits at a subway stop on the Lexington Avenue line and has been a convenient... More

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Lucky B, It is wonderful to hear that you have enjoyed your Bull & Bear experience over the years. We hope you will come back soon for a Scotch Collins and one of your favorite small plates, and we look forward to hosting you again. Thank you, Gilbert Bolivar General Manager of the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse More

Wash DC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We got in late and just five minutes before the kitchen closed- they were remarkably hospitable, insisted that we join them anyway (no hemming and hawing like in other restaurants when you get there that late) and seated us/ served us excellent dinner with impeccable service. Excellent place to entertain, have a business dinner, or a special date. I had... More

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear AbeWashDC, Thank you for your kind comments regarding your recent dinner at Bull & Bear. We are humbled that you found our béarnaise sauce not only enjoyable, but "spectacular!" It is a high honor to be able to provide our guests with memorable experiences, and we hope that you will return in the near future for another fine meal.... More

Plantation, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Had early dinner before show with my family. The food was great- the service was better. Every care was taken to ensure a great experienced without being intrusive. Food was delicious, from bread to dessert. Steaks were cooked perfectly. The staff was what you expect from Waldorf. Expensive, but hey, how often will you splurge.

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear travelguy33317, Thank you for taking the opportunity to leave us some feedback regarding your recent dining experience at our Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse inside the Waldorf Astoria. We are happy to hear that you found your pre-theater meal satisfactory from beginning to end and are especially delighted that our service matches the true Waldorf standard of service we... More

Middle Island, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I had my special milestone birthday dinner on my birthday at the Bull and Bear Restaurant. This was part of a weekend at the Waldorf which was on my "bucket" list of things to do. Upon checkin my husband and I were each given a voucher for a drink with our dinner. We ordered the prix fix pre-theater dinner. He... More

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Gilbert B, General Manager at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear annabella52, Thank you so much for reviewing your recent dining experience at our Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse! We are delighted that you enjoyed your dinner and hope you will dine with us again in the near future. Thank you, Gilbert Bolivar General Manager of the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse More

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