I was recently invited to an event at Bobby Van's, the steakhouse located on Park Avenue. Well, I should say their location on Park Avenue as they have several and I only tried the one near Times Square where I had a phenomenal dinner. So, needless to say that I was looking forward to going back there. Here is what I had:
It all started with some amuse: first was a mozzarella sitting on top of a slice of tomato topped with peppers.
The second was baked clams that were pretty good and I could have eaten a whole pot of it if I did not know a steak was coming soon...
Then, came a caesar salad that was fairly large, with lots of cheese. I truly appreciated that it was not overdressed.
Then came the steak: it was a filet mignon perfectly cooked medium rare. It was a nice piece of meat, but, when I cut it, it was not as tender or juicy as I expected. Flavor wise, it was also just ok, good, but nothing to rave about. I should mention the béarnaise sauce that was served with it that was very well done.
With it came spinach a la creme that could have had more cream.
And fried onions that were very good: crispy and deliciously greasy.
Last was dessert. I opted for the cheesecake that was delicious: tasty, quite dense, I loved it.
Overall, the meal was good, but it validated my opinion that, in order to keep their margin on events such as this one or even Restaurant Week, restaurants lower the quality of the ingredients. Bobby Van's is still one of my favorite steakhouses, and I still recommend it!
Enjoy (I did)!
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