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Smith and Wollensky is way overrated

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Smith and Wollensky is way overrated

Tom M | May 11, 1998 06:21 PM

Had an awful experience at this restaurant recently.
Not only was the service rude--de rigeur at NYC
steakhouses, I suppose, for reasons I don't at all
understand--but the service was also awful. It took
forever to get the waiter's attention to get another
drink, the appetizer was late and ran right up to the
arrival of the steaks, and, worst of all, the waiter
got my order wrong and I wound up with a medium sirloin
which I'd ordered 'medium rare' (the guy who ordered a
medium filet got a medium rare filet). I guess I could
have sent it back, but it would have meant watching
eveyone else eat, then eating my steak all by my
lonesome, so I just had the very expensive overcooked
steak.

Aside from the gargantuan wine list, what is it about
this place that's supposed to be so great? Even the
steaks that were cooked correctly didn't look like
anything special. Didn't seem any better than one I'd
had at Embers in Bay Ridge, in fact, and for a whole
lot less $$.

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