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RW week report for Smith & Wollensky

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RW week report for Smith & Wollensky

twentyoystahs | Mar 13, 2006 09:08 AM

When S & W first opened, I remember the hype and the mostly positive reviews on the place. I really wanted to get there, but just didn't have a chance. Then, as time went by, praise seemed to be a bit less forthcoming...and it was clear that dining here certainly wasn't an inexpensive night out. And then, winter RW came up --this seemed to be a perfect time to finally give this restaurant a chance --without breaking the bank.
I am happy to report after visiting Friday night, it delivered on all counts --delicious food, friendly, informed and solicitous service, and atmosphere. I'd heard sort of mixed reviews on RW service, but our waitress was really attentive, food was timed perfectly...all in all a really nice experience.

A quick review: For appetizers, my DC and I enjoyed fried calamari and a ceasar salad. Calamari was excellent, tender, obviously fresh, lightly fried --I'm sort of "done" with the whole fried calamari appetizer since it seems to show up on just about every menu in town, but if I have to have it, this was a pretty good version. Caesar salad, perfectly pleasant. Nothing special but simple and good. Entrees --we both got the 10 oz filet mignon, cooked MR. I think mine was a tad toward rare but would obviously rather have it cooked a little under vs over. We asked for a side of bernaise, which was immediately brought to the table. Not the thick, rich, deeply flavorful bernaise I enjoyed at a prior dinner at Petit Robert Bistro, but it was ok, did the job. We also ordered a side of hash browns. A huge crock filled with chunks of crispy potatoes nicely browned on top. A nice change from the usual mashed potatoes. One plus on the RW week menu --they allow you to order a glass of wine, i think the choices were a chardonnay, pinot or cabernet, for just $7.50. I believe most of those wines by the glass were close to the $12 range on the regular menu. So a nice little nod to those diners who want to have a glass or two of wine, but don't want to blow all their RW savings on a few glasses of wine. My pinot noir was really nice. DC got a gimlet (or two?) which he enjoyed. Desserts ---our waitress suggested the key lime pie and cheesecake. Both good --not the most spectacular desserts I've ever had, but perfectly fine.

Our bill was $100, the extras were the 3 drinks and 1 side. Totally worth it I think and a great way to experience S & W, but not at typical S & W prices. We were seated on the 4th floor, which was ok, but after walking through all the floors I think if I went back I'd request the 1st floor. That's where the bar is and there's a bit more energy down there...just depends what you're looking for....

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