Seeing as you rely on Steak Club 7 to be THE authority on NYC Steak, it’s our duty to try them all. Once in awhile though a steak is so good, it needs to be revisited. Other times, it’s so bad that there is no chance of redemption. Bobby Vans was on that list.
Home of the 2nd ever official SC7 gathering, the Bobby Vans, downtown location (across from the NY Stock Exchange) had a very poor showing. To be very honest, we have dogged it for years. With the addition of our newest member, The Big P.A. also came a request to return. Being believers in 2nd chances, we granted the Big P.A. his wish, knowing that his new membership could fall into question. We’ve seen this cow and we didn’t like the way he looked at us.
On a day where the Dow Jones drops more than 500 points, the worst drop in 7 years, Lehman Brothers announces its filing for bankruptcy and the Bank of America makes a move to purchase Merrill Lynch, walking down Wall Street is anything less than a horror show. Sullen looks, news cameras balnketing the area, empty restaurants and and overall feeling of gloom started tonight’s Steak Club 7 gathering off on a rather bleak note. … In other words, this had better be good.
Let’s be honest, any meal that starts with the “chef’s specially prepared bacon,” is going to be one not soon to be forgotten. It was grilled to perfection in a balsamic reduction and it was spectacular. What is that on the specials menu today? Is that a cheese steak? Why yes it is Steak Club 7 and you can order it however you want! We did – fillet medium with fried onions and cheese. Another home run hit.
The boys shared some shrimps which they said weren’t too amazing but I think Bobby Vans just needed to control our excitement and threw a little sand bag in there for good measure. A wedge salad covered in chopped onion rings, bacon and a Roquefort dressing? You bet and it tasted as amazing as it sounds.
Then the steaks…oh my the steaks. They were big, succulent, prepared perfectly and served up just right. I think we all agreed, Bobby Vans was back and back big. We eat a lot of good steaks but this was near perfection.
Side wise, the green beans were crunchy and delicious while served in a tasty sautee. The browns were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside for an amazing but difficult mix to achieve. You can skip the macaroni and cheese, it wasn’t very good unless you’re into Velveta. It didn’t detract from the meal.
Just as we all slowed down to take a break and breath in the amazing meal and not to forget, the amazing service, the waiter showed up with “The Big Finish” which consisted of creme brulee, carrot cake, berries and 2 other amazing pastries. It was so rich and fulfilling. The Meat God was served his very own hot fudge sundae in an edible custom made chocolate bowl! I wanted to stop eating and did not have the will power but that didn’t stop the sambucca!
Just as we were saying our good byes and thank yous to the fine folks at Bobby Vans, they offered us a private tour of “the vault.” Before the restaurant occupied the space, it was originally J.P. Morgan & CO’s bank vault in the early 1900s. (Check out www.bobbyvans.com for the full story.) It was through the kitchen and located in the basement. The original 7000 and 2000 LB vault doors were still in tact as well as the bronze safety deposit boxes. Of course we pick one of 2 nights a week that the vault area is closed for dining.
The Rev gives this Bobby Vans visit a perfect 5 out of 5 knives . With extra props to the staff for being so friendly and allowing us to act like this.
Guys – Do I hear an instant entrance into the SC7 Top 5?