Bull & Bear

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Sammy Todd Dyess
Midtown East
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The classic dark-wood decor at the Waldorf-Astoria’s revamped, supposedly New York–style steakhouse might be its only authentic feature. A $44 rib eye had plenty of grill-marked flavor, but sides (gluey Stilton mashed potatoes) and desserts (cloyingly sweet rice pudding) were a letdown. Plus, the price-to-quality ratio is hard to swallow: A $17 “barbecue Creole spiced prawn” appetizer featured three undercooked head-on shrimp. Despite the many shortcomings, few frowns were visible among the tourist-heavy crowd. We can only assume they’ve never been to a real New York steakhouse.
Venue name: Bull & Bear
Address: Waldorf-Astoria, 570 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: at 49th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–11:15pm; Sat, Sun 5–11:15pm
Transport: Subway: E to Lexington Ave–53rd St, 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $45. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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