This was our first visit to this restaurant. We chose this place because we wanted someplace near Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal, and this was one of a handful restaurants had had open reservation times on OpenTable. It was a physically appealing restaurant - nice decor with a European look, but it was very loud inside.
My husband, son, and I arrived early and were promptly seated. They ordered soft drinks, I only wanted water. I was brought a 32 ounce bottle of imported water. Tap was what I wanted, especially after being charged $16 for 2 bottles of water. I later saw other waiters filling water glasses at other tables with pitchers of water. Why I had to pay for water I don't understand, but that didn't sit well with me.
The food is very good, the portions are much too big, and the service was good, but not very friendly. I ordered the hearts of lettuce & tomato for my salad. It was very, very large, but fresh and tasty. For my entree, I ordered petit filet mignon, medium. I like my steak pink throughout, but I got red in the center, pink around the edges. I showed it to my waiter and informed him I wanted my steak medium and he insisted it was medium. Maybe at that restaurant, but not at any other steakhouse I've ever eaten at, so I sent it back to be cooked a little more. They were quick at returning it to me cooked the way I wanted. It was large for a petit cut, tender, and flavorful. It was served with a side of Bearnaise sauce. I also tried the Bobby Van's bottled sauce on the table, which I liked quite a bit.
My husband had the lemon pepper shrimp, which he liked but thought it was too much food for an appetizer. He said the same thing about the sesame tuna entree and especially the baked potato which, at $10, was large enough to feed a family of four.
The service was more than competent, although our waiter was not friendly or personable, almost to the point of seeming unhappy or bored with his job.
Overall, the meal was very good, the service was very good, the portions were too large, the restaurant was noisy, and the prices were too high for what you get. Our bill for three people was about $300, which included 3 apps, 3 entrees, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert, 2 soft drinks and 2 waters.
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