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Bull & Bear Steakhouse

#1,274 of 12,008 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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Midtown
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570 Lexington Avenue, Corner 49th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (49th Street & 50th Street)
6 train to 51st Street, E & M trains to 53rd Street. 8 Blocks from Grand Central Terminal
+1 212-872-4606
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Bull and Bear offers USDA Prime Dry-Aged Beef from DeBragga, New York’s...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 224
    Excellent
  • 134
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 40
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Succulent steak! Excellent service

Had a quick diner with some colleagues. Quick seating, good service, dishes were 'customisable' & well prepared. Recommendable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
JorreVD
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Lier, Belgium
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Lier, Belgium
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Had a quick diner with some colleagues. Quick seating, good service, dishes were 'customisable' & well prepared. Recommendable.

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

Dear JorreVD, Thank you for your quick review and recommendation of the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with exceptional service and a variety of menu offerings. I am so glad to see that you enjoyed both of these features during your visit! Please come back whenever your travels bring you to New York... More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Worst service I've ever experienced.....waited about 15 mins to be served at the bar and then gave up to go elsewhere. If you're going to pay around $20+ for a cocktail, the service needs to be better. Way better. Only giving 1 star because I can't give zero stars.

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

Dear fat-flyer, I am so very sorry that we failed to impress on your recent visit to the Bull & Bear bar. We strive for 5-star customer service, and I am so disappointed to see that we fell short of this standard. As you will see reflected in all of our other reviews, the experience you describe is not of... More 

New Jersey
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful visit to the Bull & Bear restaurant. Our bartender Florentine provided outstanding service, helping us select drinks, doting on us and telling us stories of famous customers that have visited the establishment throughout the years. He showed us where Al Capone may have sat at the bar back in the day. The food is excellent. I... More 

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

Dear Stephanie D, Thank you for your wonderful review of Bull & Bear. We certainly have a long history of hosting many different types of customers, from Frank Sinatra to Wall Street mavericks to loyal guests of the Waldorf. I am so glad to see that you enjoyed the service received, as well as our historic element and cocktails. We... More 

London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The Bul & Bear Steakhouse is a credit to the Wardorf. Only the best steaks are served here and well worth every penny. The Wardoff's New York Cheesecake is wonderful, The Steaks melt in the mouth. The Bull and Bears staff give you one to one attention and are friendly and polite, making the whole dineing experiance first class. It... More 

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

Dear soapstacey, Thank you for coming to Bull & Bear, and for your special review highlighting our exceptional service and delicious menu offerings! Our steaks are certainly our focus, and I was thrilled to see that you found your steak "melt-in-your-mouth" good. We hope you will come visit us in the future, whenever your travels bring you back to New... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great place for a drink and of course steam aka. Good service and a good value for money. I will go there again and I can recommend that place !

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

Dear OliverK746, Thanks for your great review! Our elegant ambiance and variety of menu offerings are two features we always look forward to reading about in reviews like yours, and I am pleased to see that you felt the value vs. price paid schematic was well balanced. Come back soon for more of the same! My best, Gilbert Bolivar General... More 

Missoula, Montana, United States
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It's in the Waldorf, so easy if you're staying there, but even if not it's well worth the visit. The bar fills up with locals working nearby. The food is great and the portions generous. Prices are typical for midtown, not for the faint of heart.

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

Dear Larry M, We greatly appreciate you coming to visit our Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. Your gracious words about our ambiance and status as a local watering hole for businessmen and women from Midtown & the Financial District are certainly wonderful to read! This is just the type of experience we work so hard to foster for our customers,... More 

Al Khor, Qatar
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Just loved the atmosphere and food. Went with two coworkers and we had a great time. The servers were very helpful and knowledgeable and made the evening well worth the price.

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

Dear jimpait, Thank you for your excellent 5-star review citing what every customer can expect from our steakhouse- an elegant atmosphere and world-class menu offerings. It is truly a great reward to see that you felt our value was worth the price paid! We hope for the chance to serve you again whenever you return to New York City- perhaps... More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This place is a must for lovers of steak. My husband had a beautiful steak and the onion rings are to die for. I don't eat steak so was a little apprehensive but there is plenty of other options. I couldn't help but try the Waldorf salad even though I thought it was such a cliche. It was great so... More 

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

Dear Sparklehorse68, Thank you for your kind comments regarding our variety of menu offerings and commitment to luxury service. It is great to read that your husband, a steak connoisseur of sorts, found his steak and onion rings to be perfectly prepared to his liking! I am also thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and our signature Waldorf salad, especially... More 

Princeton, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were looking forward to this restaurant as it is listed as one of the best steakhouses in the city. We've eaten at most of the top 10 list and this one does not belong on the list and is by far the most espensive! We started out with appetizers, onion soup and the waldorf salad. The soup was good,... More 

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

Dear Cathleen, I am glad to see that you enjoyed your experience at our world-class steakhouse on the whole, and that the steak you enjoyed was perfect. We were disappointed to read that you were not impressed with other aspects of your experience here. An experience at Bull & Bear is meant to be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion, but... More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a great place for a drink at the bar and to watch the World go by. The restaurant is very formal and really only for those with deep pockets but for a special celebration then definitely a place to visit. The bar staff are very accommodating and very helpful and again, these guys earn their tips.

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

Dear Chris, Thank you for your kind words regarding our elegant setting and exceptional service. We train our folks that a component of luxury service is based on discretion; providing elegant service without being obvious. We will continue to work to ensure that our guests find this standard of service at Bull & Bear, and we hope that you will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 570 Lexington Avenue, Corner 49th Street, New York City, NY 10022
    (49th Street & 50th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to 51st Street, E & M trains to 53rd Street. 8 Blocks from Grand Central Terminal
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-872-4606

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 75
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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