Since opening in 1931, Waldorf Astoria New York has been a favorite gathering spot for Manhattan's financial and Wall Street elite. At the Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse, the former men's club, the magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear stand behind the bar, representing the significance of the bar in the financial life of the city.
The legendary mahogany bar at Bull and Bear has been cited by The New York Times as one of the world's three greatest.
Steps from many Fortune 500 companies, and several blocks from Grand Central Station, Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse is a convenient venue for a New York City escape. Relax in the clubby, old-school ambience and savor Prime Dry-Aged Steaks. Choose the renowned Waldorf salad as an accompaniment to delectable seafood.
This celebrated steakhouse is styled with the finest Italian fabrics and leathers, boasting a casual air of sophistication. The private dining salon, the Wine Library, offers a secluded gathering spot for social events, from celebratory banquets with top sales performers, to after-hours rendezvous with close friends. Individually designed group menus are available in two, three and four courses.
Bull & Bear's Wine Library is a private, secluded dining salon adjacent to the bar, one of Manhattan's most heralded gathering spots. The Wine Library offers an influential environment for social events. From celebratory banquets to after-hours rendezvous with close friends, the Wine Library is a vintage choice.
In the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes.
Running With The Bulls
In the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes. At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, New York's giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow with Diamond Jim Brady, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and other colorful characters. Behind the bar, in honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear.
A New Location
When The Waldorf Astoria opened in 1931 from its original location where the Empire State building stands now to its new location on park Avenue, it united two beloved watering holes – the clubby Men's Bar and the convivial Old Waldorf Astoria Bar – into a new, and equally welcoming Men's Bar. Manhattan's financial and Wall Street elite immediately embraced their new gathering spot. The new Men's Bar featured magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear, brought from the original Old Waldorf Astoria Bar. These powerful figures, which represented the significance of the Men's Bar in the financial life the city, caused patrons to nickname it "The Bull and Bear." Over time, so many deals were struck "at the Bull and Bear" where the gilded pair now stood sentinel that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar's unofficial title.
The year is 1960, and The Waldorf Astoria has just opened the clubby Bull and Bear steakhouse. Behind the bar, patrons see two imposing bronze sculptures; a bull and a bear. The hotel decided to give these two figurines a prominent place behind the restaurant's bar in homage to their original location. To the casual onlooker, it might appear they were recently placed; decorative elements mirroring the new restaurant's name. But long-time patrons know the figurines–and their namesake restaurant–carries an historic pedigree. Like its older siblings, Bull and Bear quickly became again a favorite meeting place for Manhattan's power elite.
New Interior Design
In 2000, the Waldorf Astoria's design team updated the décor of Bull and Bear to enhance its level of comfort without sacrificing its clubby, old-school ambience. Bull and Bear now sports an air of casual sophistication that will appeal to regular patrons and newcomers alike. The restaurant has been elegantly restyled in Italian fabrics and leathers; the private dining salon, the wine Library, has been refashioned with a warm decor perfectly suited to wine-centric events. Today, the bronze bull and bear remain masters of their domains in a newly energized setting, surveying the scene as the staff at Bull and Bear serve New York's most generous cocktails, its prime steak, and some of the city's most delectable game and seafood.
A "Prime" Opportunity
Weekend diners at Bull & Bear can now enjoy what steakhouse chefs worldwide consider the finest cut of beef—and the most classic dish. The Bull & Bear famous Prime Rib, slow roasted at 120 degrees for 9 to 12 hours, is 16-ounces of carved from- the-bone, 35-day dry-aged Angus Prime Rib. It is available by request Friday through Sunday only—and it always sells out!
The Wine Library
Bull & Bear's Wine Library is a private, secluded dining salon adjacent to the bar, one of Manhattan's most heralded gathering spots. The Wine Library offers an influential environment for social events. From celebratory banquets to after-hours rendezvous with close friends, the Wine Library is a vintage choice. To inquire, call our Hospitality Sales Desk at (212)-872-4942.
Hours of Operation
The Restaurant opens daily for breakfast and dinner. Lunch is served on weekends.
Daily – 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Ala Carte Lunch
Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Daily – 5:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. (last seating)
Monday – Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 12 Midnight
To inquire, call Restaurant Reservations at (212) 872-1275, the restaurant at (212) 872-4606 or send an email to RestaurantReservations@waldorfnewyork.com
Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse
540 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(Entrance located on the corner of Lexington Ave and 49th St)