Harden's survey result
NYC’s famous, steakhouse chain opened this über-swanky offshoot three years ago at the foot of the Adelphi Building, just off The Strand, but it’s never made waves this side of ‘The Pond’, written off from day one by the cognoscenti due to its “outrageous prices”: a complaint that persists in a significant number of reports to this day. But its “amazing steaks” – the best USDA dry-aged cuts, and prime meat from the British Isles too – also help win it good-to-outstanding ratings in practically all feedback; and, especially if you have company plastic to burn, it can cater well for a business occasion in particular.
“Much maligned”, say fans (often expense-accounters) of this outpost, near The Strand, of the famous NYC steakhouse chain, for whom its “confident cocktails”, “stunning list of American wines” and “USDA cuts cooked to order make it a meat-lover’s paradise – request a private booth and let the deal-making juices flow”. The colossal ticket price, however, remains a major turn-off to sceptics, who say: “the steaks are ridiculously overpriced, and the wine list is designed only for oligarchs… who wouldn’t be seen dead here in any case!”
“A little bit of NYC in London… but at what a frightening price”. This “huge”, two-year-old outpost of the famous US brand in the ground floor of the Adelphi has a slight feel of the “white elephant” to it, and to a surprising extent has wholly failed to gain traction as a business-dining mecca. Yes, the meat is top quality and there’s “an amazing US wine list”, but the menu can seem “predictable”, service is “very poor quality” for this level, and “there are better places in town to go to for a good steak”.
“Overpriced, overhyped”… and over here! This year-old outpost of the famous NYC steakhouse brand – part of the Adelphi, just off the Strand – inspires very mixed feedback. Its business appeal is evident: it’s “very spacious”, “very well furnished (if you like that ‘prestigious’ US steakhouse furnishings and decor thing)”, and provides “a 500+ bin wine list featuring some esoteric US vintages”. Service though is not only “American-Yank style” (“I’m your waiter this evening, etc”), but also surprisingly “hit and miss”; the interior can seem “loud and booming”; and though many reports acknowledge that this is some of the best meat in London, the price/quality trade-off is much better elsewhere.
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The food is great, but boy is it expensive. The room is cavernous, and the basement floor is to be avoided. It has none of the intimate charm of the mothership, meaning it can lack atmosphere as all big dining rooms can. The seafood platter is worth the money and the winelist is good but requires some careful selection."
"Best American steak I have ever had (including in America)! Love the thought of unlimited fries, even if I was too full to take-up the offer. Service was a little ponderous, but very welcoming/friendly/amusing."
"Consistently good food and service."
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6HT
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||7 am-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||7 am-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||7 am-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||7 am-10:30 pm|
|Friday||7 am-11 pm|
|Saturday||10:30 am-11 pm|
|Sunday||10:30 am-3:30 pm|