Smith & Wolensky's in NYC: An Institution & Bartender Patrick is Too.....

I used to go to Smith & Wolensky’s YEARS ago to meet up with journalist friends in New York. I’ve also been there on occasion to have dinner. (note: very old school boy network and old establishment, not necessarily a bad thing.

It is what it is.

Tablecloths, waiters with an attitude (service is incredible btw) and an old New York feel. I love that at times. I also love an old pub with attitude and the ‘other’ part of Smith & Wolensky’s, the pub side, offers precisely that.

Old journalists, old money, old stockbroker types (note very few women but there are a few), old old New York.  I ended up staying near the East Side location recently on business, so upon landing, met an industry friend for drinks around 11 pm, not atypical for New York. I opted for the pub, since a very rich, very drunk man in a very rich suit was about to be thrown out of one of their other bars. That said, this is a rarity and they handled it well.

I ordered a id="mce_marker"9 glass of wine but it’s not as if the other options were that much less, its just that the id="mce_marker"9 option happened to be an amazing Napa Silverado cabernet so worth every penny of it. I ordered a split pea soup and bread (out of it because it was 11 pm and its made fresh every day). And, it’s New York. id="mce_marker"9 isn’t insane in the city.

It is what it is.

For more on this place and original post, go here including a video conversation with Patrick. For more on food/wine, here.

Renee Blodgett, Founder: Down the Avenue, We Blog the World, Magic Sauce Media and Magic Sauce Photography

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