FOOD & DRINK: Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at 25 Broad St (9.11.19)
New is nice, but sometimes you just want to go back to the classics. With so many historic spots and businesses in the area, we love knowing that we’re supporting local and partaking in historic traditions when visiting spots like Bobby Vans Steakhouse at 25 Broad St.
We spoke with Timothy Collins, General Manager of Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at 25 Broad St, to learn about how they’re keeping tradition alive, and some of their newer offerings for locals (including how you can get into their famous vault)…
Tell us about Bobby Van’s…
Bobby Van’s was founded in 1969 at our location in Bridgehampton. They named the Restaurant after the original Piano player that just happened to be named Bobby Van. In 1994 Bobby Van’s opened a second location located in the Helmsley building at 299 Park Avenue. Subsequently The Company opened up other stores in midtown at 54th St.50th St.45th St and of Course our location across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. We opened our doors downtown in 2004.
What makes the downtown location so unique?
Our Broad Street location is very unique because its proximity to the Stock market it was once one of the valuable property in New York. Originally a bank our ground level is festooned with numerous Bank vaults that were used to house the securities necessary to execute trades across the street. In fact we have what was once the largest privately owned bank vaults in the world. There was once over 8000 private safety deposit boxes in our main Vault Alone. Built in 1902, this Vault was far ahead of its time as it was constructed with bronze instead of steel. Ultimately, this made the Vault less susceptible to robberies since bronze has a much higher melting point. The main door of the Vault weighs 5 tons, which outweighs the famous Wall Street bull statue by almost 3,000 pounds. Upstairs we have our Steakhouse that enjoys soaring 25 foot ceilings and beautiful Chandeliers. The Steakhouse also has its history as part of the bank; the bar area is where the bank tellers were positioned and the private rooms in the back were utilized as board rooms.
What can locals expect when they visit?
Our cuisine has all of your traditional Steakhouse favorites Such as Porterhouse, Sirloin, Rib-Eye and of course Filet Mignon. We also carry an abundance of seafood on the menu. What trip to a steakhouse would be complete without a seafood tower to start. We also have a massive wine list with wines from all over the globe.
We realize its our service that keeps our guests returning again and again. We are staffed by career professionals in the steakhouse business. In Fact the vast majority of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years.
How has the neighborhood’s evolution impacted your restaurant?
Downtown Manhattan and the Financial District have become thriving neighborhoods in the city! Bobby Van's is a great place to come if you're heading to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island for the day. We also love the Seaport and Battery Park! There's so much to do and see downtown and we'd love to be a part of that experience. While our steak items are top notch on the menu, we also have incredible bar food or quick bites if you're just passing through. Our Famous Bobby Van’s 12oz burger, filet hash, veal meatballs are all delicious- just to name a few!
We heard you have a real-deal vault…what’s the deal?
Private Events can be made in the board rooms in the Steakhouse or in the Vault- we can accommodate any group from 5-400 guests! For more information, call the restaurant and ask for Samantha or e-mail Samantha@BobbyVans.com.
While we use the Vault primarily as a Private Events space, we have a very exciting pop-up Speakeasy event coming this Thursday, September 19th. We'll be creating a special cocktail list and bar menu specifically for this occasion . No need to break the bank for this special event- we'll be giving out $7 drink specials all night long starting at 6:00pm. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant and will be on a first come first serve basis. The fall & winter are getting booked up quickly with private events, so this is the perfect opportunity to experience it firsthand!