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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 #1,016 of 11,649 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Shibuya, Japan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This time I visited the bar and casual dining side (not the restaurant) twice, and both times the food, drinks, and service were exceptional. Quiet atmosphere at the bar or at tables surrounding it, and good advice about drinks and food. Friendly but not intrusive service. Strongly recommended for in between eating and drinking in a quiet, comfortable place, starting... More

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Warwickshire UK
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94 reviews 94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a real old style bar and steakhouse. The ambience is second to none and the service and staff great. Well worth a visit.

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

Dear TimandJaneT, It is so wonderful to read your comments regarding your experience at our Bull & Bear Steakhouse. Thank you for your recommendation of our restaurant! We hope you will return for another visit in the near future, and feel free to reach out with any special requests you may have, should your travels bring you back to New... More

Yonkers, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had my anniversary dinner at this location. The waiter Emerito was great, very attentive and knowledgeable. I ordered the 30 oz Porterhouse and i was disappointed. Way too fatty for an upscale location. The service made up for it.

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

Dear Torres8174, Thank you for your kind comments as to how you enjoyed your anniversary dinner at Bull & Bear. It is an honor that you selected us as your host for this special evening! Thank you for recognizing your waiter as an exceptional example of the luxury service we work so hard to provide each and every guest. We... More

Savannah, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We had a terrific meal with even a better waiter! From the minute we walked in our evening was a huge hit. Great cocktails (the perfect vodka martini with blue cheese olives) and dinner was perfectly prepared! We started by splitting the wedge salad. Good crisp lettuce, generous amount of blue cheese and lots of bacon. We shared the chateaubriand... More

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

Dear SullivanFamily1, Thank you so much for your great review! I am very happy that you enjoyed every detail of your experience at Bull & Bear- from the service to the ambiance to the dinner. Next time, maybe you will leave room for dessert so that you can satisfy any sweet tooth your family may have! We would consider it... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A must! Food was delicious and staff very welcoming. Would love to visit again. Perfect location. Went with a group and everyone walked away happy.

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

Dear Matt, What a wonderful review! Thank you for sharing your feedback with our team via TripAdvisor; it is always great to hear comments such as yours that detail how you enjoyed your meal and the service provided. We look forward to the opportunity to host you again in the future, and don't hesitate to ask for me by name... More

Manchester, UK
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213 reviews 213 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our second visit to B&B after first visiting a couple of years ago. We took our 8 year old and he loved it. Everything was superb, we had the Prawn Cocktail and Lump Crab Cake (both ace), then we had steaks, all 3 of us, and they were terrific and far too big to finish. The lobster Mac n Cheese... More

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

Dear lipschick, It is so wonderful to read your review! I am thrilled to hear that we were able to provide you with an unforgettable experience, and that our team made your son's day by giving him an exclusive tour of the kitchen. These are the type of Waldorf moments we love to facilitate. Thank you so much for your... More

Mequon, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It's a splurge (for me) but this was one of the best meals I ever had. The steak was flavorful and done just right. The scalloped potatoes and creamed spinach were perfect sides. The martinis were generous and not watered down. Go there!

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

Dear strandedindolphinate, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how you enjoyed your recent meal at Bull & Bear. It is our pleasure to serve valued guests such as yourself, and I am thrilled to learn that you enjoyed each and every facet of your meal- from your martini to your flavorful steak. Should your... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

we fancied the pre threater steak dinner set menu. answer is the food was fantastic. but I do not appreciate the waiter#s joke. he basically called me mr average because (having been given the full menu, I had asked for the pre theatre menu (which is good value). shame, because it just made me fell uncomfortable the fixed price menu... More

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

Dear Readingboy1, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience here at Bull & Bear. Know that this is not the standard of service we pride ourselves on here, and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any way you were made to feel uncomfortable. I will be in touch shortly to... More

Scotland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The food here was great - very nice starters (lobster and Waldorf salad) and we shared an excellent chateaubriand steak. However, we were very disappointed with the standard of customer service. Having just left the QM2 where it was exemplary, we expected the same at the Waldorf. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. We were celebrating our silver wedding anniversary (and... More

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

Dear TiaMaria01, I am very disappointed to read your review! Your experience is quite out of line with the atmosphere that we work so hard to create here, and so I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies. Be sure that this is not the standard of service at Bull & Bear. This being said, we truly appreciate your honest... More

Cumbria
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Has a lovely steak - fabulous service. Great cocktails - would definitely return - the bar tender know everything. We appeared don TV too - is definitely worth a visit for a cosmopolitan made with Grey Goose Vodka.

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

Dear lCumbrialor, It is great to read your glowing review of our steakhouse. Our aim is to provide our guests with an over-the-top drinking and dining experience, from the dishes and cocktails to the service, and I am happy to learn that we were successful in doing so during your recent visit. We hope you will return for one of... More

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