Visited a number of times over the years - most recently last night and once again a wonderful experience. Arrived at the comfortable time of 5:30 with three friends - we had a drink at the bar while waiting for two business associates. Seated for dinner at 6:15 the dining area spacious and quiet. By 8:00 the dining and bar area is beyond full to capacity. The place is electric with everyone enjoying their meals and company.
No question - This is the place to be. Based on yesterday's dinner - it's no wonder.
From the tasty fresh bread to the shared desserts of Creme Brulee / Cheesecake / Ice Cream - it all worked.
For starters we shared a generous seafood platter which was perfectly distributed.
We all had our selections of crab meat / colossal shrimp / lobster tails / oysters with cocktail sauce. All selections worked (oysters excluded - I'm not a fan) as the platter was cleaned.
As for the steaks. We ordered two porterhouses for two which was more than enough for the five of us. One steak medium / one steak medium well.
The medium was cooked perfectly. Hot / Juicy and perfectly middle pink - a wonderful steak. The medium well was enjoyed as well as nothing was left but the bone.
Service was alert and courteous all evening. Plates promptly cleared - water and wine quickly refilled. No mistakes throughout the evening. The dining room - even when full - was comfortable. Acoustics were perfect as you didn't need to yell to hear your dining neighbor. As for the ambience - With the unique architecture and the often told stories of this restaurant once being a private subway station for the Vanderbilt's - provides for interesting conversation.
Who knows the truth? Just enjoy the experience.
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