My wife and I ate at the Fairway Steakhouse last night for the first time. We went for burgers, not steaks, and thought the burgers were very, very good - for us, based on that one tasting, these burgers fast-tracked to the top of our list of preferred places to get burgers anywhere in NY. They're certainly the best we've had on the UWS. We ordered a few other things: A mediocre ceasar salad - delicious anchovies on top, but the dressing lacked zing. Also, an excellent buffalo mozzarella and roasted pepper salad. Both of the main ingredients were about as perfect as they could have been, and their flavors were enhanced by an outrageously good olive oil drizzle and a sprinkle of fleur de sel. We tried their decent-but-not-mind-blowing chocolate layer cake. The cake's frosting, a butterscotch buttercream concoction, was delicious but the cake itself was too dry which detracted from its otherwise good flavor.
We also ordered a bottle of wine. Usually we're beer people when it comes to burger consumption, but the wine list had a Bonny Doon Syrah that we really wanted to try, and we're glad we did. The wine list, by the way, seemed well priced. For instance, the Bogle Petite Syrah, which we drink a lot of and usually pay $11 - 12 a bottle for, was priced at $20 at the Steakhouse (we understand that restaurants pay less than consumers and all that blah blah blah, but we still thought it was a reasonable markup).
We really liked this place, but diners beware: when the bill came, we were charged $1 more than the menu-stated price for the mozz salad, and $4 more than the wine list price for the bottle we ordered - for a total overcharge of $5 . Our waiter seemed a little embarassed by this - we understood it wasn't his fault, and he took care of the discrepancy immediately (and the service there was excellent all-around, I should add). But this questionable overcharging did lead us to wonder how many menu items were priced differently in the restaurant's computer system. An extra $5/table in a place with high turnover is a nice cushion for a NY restaurant, you know?