Bobby Vans to me is not a steak house like The Palm is, but more classic American. In fact, none of the five people I ate dinner with even had steak. The first thing you want to do when you get to Bobby Vans is check out the specials board in the back. The truth is, most of those specials are truly regular dishes that are just not written in the menu. Some of the top items are the calamari salad, the tuna tartar, and my father’s favorite, the burger. The burger can only be ordered on week nights, and is well worth the weekday visit. On this particular night, the waitress we had was not very attentive, incorrectly ordered a few dishes, never brought my side dish, and served wine in a glass that had a hardened piece of lettuce stuck to it. Yum. However, this can all be overlooked because Bobby Vans is still an excellent meal.
The crowd at Bobby Vans changes depending on the day of the week, but mostly it is an older crowd, sprinkled in with a few younger couples and families. During the weekend it gets a large bar crowd for people in their 40’s and up. The steaks are great, as are all of the fish options, however, I think the lobster is better at the Palm.
When dining in the Hamptons, whether it be summer or off season, Bobby Vans is always at the top of my list for reliable restaurants and a great meal.
Pro: Always packed and a fun crowd
Con: This sometimes mean you might be waiting for your table
Pro: The meal is worth the wait