Wolf & Lamb Reviewed

by Frayda
steak with sauce and green vegetables at wolf and lamb

Wolf & Lamb is a steakhouse located in Midtown Manhattan. The Kosher Cactus visited in August of 2021. This review was written in October of 2021.

Where  is Wolf & Lamb located?

The iconic awning outside W&L

Wolf & Lamb is located at 16 E48th Street, Manhattan, between Madison and 5th Avenue, in the heart of the diamond district. 

If you are driving, you might find parking on 48th Street, or you can try the multiple parking garages on the streets nearby. Sadly, parking has returned to its ‘notoriously awful’ status in Manhattan. A car service might be your best option. 

If you’d rather take public transport, the BxM3 bus line stops on Madison, or the BxM4, BxM11 and 028 lines. 

You can also travel by subway- the nearest station is Rockefeller Center, where the B, D, F and M lines stop. The station is just a 3 minute walk from the restaurant. 

What time is Wolf & Lamb open?

The steakhouse is open from 12PM to 10PM Monday through Thursday, and 4PM to 10PM Sundays. Wolf & Lamb is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

What is the vibe at Wolf & Lamb?

steak on roasted vegetables
Steak never looked so good

Wolf and Lamb is an upscale steakhouse with a warm, cozy, almost lodge-like feel. There are exposed brick walls, wooden floors, beautiful modern art on the walls and vintage mirrors aplenty.

Wolf & Lamb holds a particular nostalgia for me- it was the first real steakhouse that I ever visited, at the tender age of 16. I may be biased to that memory, but to me, Wolf & Lamb is exactly what a steakhouse is supposed to be: gentle jazz, subdued lighting, incredible food and impeccable service.  

The service is wonderful. The staff truly know the dishes, and can make real recommendations based on the style and taste of the food. As soon as you are seated, the waiters bring water and bread rolls, and are constantly whisking away used cutlery, dishes and cups before they become a nuisance- all with a smile. 

Do I need to make a reservation?

If you are visiting between lunch and supper, you may get in without one, but in general, you will need a reservation to eat at Wolf & Lamb. You can call ahead, or reserve through their website. 

Do they deliver?

mini lamb sliders with jalapeno relish and mayo side
Lamb Sliders, with jalapeno relish and house-made mayo

Yes, Wolf & Lamb delivers. You can use any of the major delivery services to get food from the steakhouse: delivery.com, Seamless, Postmates, UberEats and GrubHub.

The delivery menu features most of the dishes that are available in store, but a few are logistically impossible- so go visit in person!

Inside the gorgeous steakhouse

Wolf & Lamb is a classic steakhouse. As well as the staple- phenomenal steaks- there are some incredible appetizers, like Salmon Tartar (so fresh and delicious), ‘Bacon’ Wrapped Figs (with pineapple chilli jam), or Merguez Lamb Meatballs (house-tomato-sauce). There’s salads, with optional switch-outs of salmon, tuna, steak or eggs.

Wolf & Lamb also has gourmet burgers (try the W&L Burger, made with fresh ribeye steak!). There are sandwiches, with pulled beef or chicken or fish, and pastas, like the famous Short Rib Gnocchi. 

Every single dish arrives flawlessly plated, absolutely gorgeous, and with magnificent flavor. 

What is on the menu at Wolf & Lamb?

burger with beer and fries at wolf and lamb
A burger with the works (and a fried egg)

Just so you know, there is a lunch menu and a supper menu. There are some differences, but in general, they are pretty similar. If you have previously visited at supper time, consider going for lunch on a different day; ask them about the specials of the day and you may be surprised at the different options! 

These are some of my absolute favorites:

W&L Chicken Salad.

Yes, salad at a steakhouse. This is on the lunch menu, and it is amazing. There’s grilled chicken (marinated in house-dressing), various greens, roasted green beans, roasted chickpeas, some fresh vegetables and a mouthwatering herb vinaigrette dressing. You can have them toss this for you tableside, for maximum freshness. 

Lamb Sliders.

If you are not careful, lamb can taste a little greasy and fatty. Well, boy are they careful. These sliders (complete with a house-mayo and cucumber/jalapeno relish) are little bites of perfection, served on perfect little rolls. These are also a great starter if you want to try everything on the menu (like me), but don’t want to get a burger for your main dish. The meat patties are hot throughout, but never overdone, and the buns are toasted to a light golden crisp.

Short Rib Gnocchi.

Ok, I’ve never actually ordered this. But I will, one day! Every time we have visited, I’ve been so tempted, but I inevitably go for an actual steak, or a salad. But this! It has butternut squash, roasted mushrooms and an incredible truffle cream sauce. The smell is AMAZING. Next time, I’m getting this. For sure. 

steak with mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes
See those Mashed Potatoes? Eat those mashed potatoes.

Spicy Pulled BBQ Brisket.

This is the most decadent sandwich ever. It drips with excess sauce, squished snugly into a toasted bun, and topped with a fennel and cabbage slaw. You cannot possibly eat this with your hands- the entire dish is bursting with flavor. The fennel perfectly compliments the BBQ sauce, and every bite of this is a wonder. 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

This is a side, but the best one on the menu, in my opinion. This goes with every single steak that they serve (or at least the ones I have tried!). It’s literally in the name: garlic potatoes, that are mashed to absolute fluffy, creamy perfection. So good. 

Chef Reserve Cut.

Best. Steak. Ever. This dish comes with a red wine cabernet sauce, and as with all the steaks at Wolf & Lamb, it is done perfectly. Get a side of Balsamic Green Beans- they go perfectly with the cabernet reduction. I honestly can’t say enough good about this dish. Get it. It’s amazing. 

Another note about the steaks: the chefs know how to do a steak. However you order it (rare, medium, well), they will deliver. This is not a restaurant where steak is sent back- at the W&L kitchen the only thing that goes back in are compliments and empty dishes. 

Seared Duck Breast.

Ok, if you have never had duck before, this is the perfect place to start. The duck is seared to just the perfect temperature and doneness, glazed with an incredible sweet maple sauce, and served up with roasted mini potatoes and caramelized onions. The entire plate is a work of art.

What else is on the menu?

short rib sandwich with toasted shallots and suateed mushrooms and onions
The Braised Short Rib Sandwich, with sauteed mushrooms and toasted shallots.
  • Soups and Salads
  • Starters and Snacks
  • Steaks and Chops
  • Gourmet Burgers
  • Artisanal Sandwiches
  • Poultry, Pasta and Fish
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Drinks
  • Party/ Catering Menu

How do I go off-menu at Wolf & Lamb?

Always, always, always ask what the special of the day is. Because, whatever it is, oh my gosh, it is going to be wonderful. Guaranteed. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the restaurant’s instagram page, where they often post about the day’s specials. 

What Hashgacha are they under?

salmon roasted with lemon and cherry tomato salad
Crosshatch char marks to drool over… Grilled Scottish Salmon

Wolf & Lamb is under the Kosher supervision of the OK, and Rabbi K. Weinfeld. There is a Mashgiach Tmidi, and all wines are Mevushal. All breads are Pas Yisrael. 

Does Wolf & Lamb serve drinks?

cocktail whiskey with fresh fig
Ask about the cocktail specials!

Yes, the steakhouse has an incredible drinks selection! As well as the classic sodas, tea, coffee and virgin drinks, Wolf & Lamb make their own house- cocktails. There is also a fantastic wine menu (bottle or glass), hard liquor menu (bottle or glass), and the option to order any classic cocktail. 

If you love a good mojito, the Mint Mojito is a really good option, with an extra serving of fresh mint blended into it. Lime, mint, rum and yum. 

Another option is the Wolf Lemonade, which has gin, peach schnapps, lemon and lavender syrup in a club soda. Slightly sweet, perfectly lemon-y.  

Are there vegan/ vegetarian options on the menu?

sliced steak with fingerling potatoeswith jalapeno salsa verde
STEAK. With jalapeno salsa verde sauce and fingerling potatoes

There are plenty of fish options, both for lunch and supper. For appetizers, try the Grilled Fish Tacos, or Salmon Tartar. If you were wondering about a main dish, you can try the Grilled Scottish Salmon, which comes with an arugula salad and mint pesto dressing, or the Mediterranean Spiced Tuna, which comes with a jalapeno salsa verde sauce. 

Although you can order a salad without any major proteins, or the Cauliflower ‘Steak’ starter, Wolf & Lamb does not carry any specifically vegan main dishes. 

Is Wolf & Lamb kid-friendly?

So, no. Wolf & Lamb is a fancy steakhouse, and is probably appropriate for ages 12+. They do not have a children’s menu, and do not have baby highchairs. This is a trip best made without the little ones. 

Is Wolf & Lamb wheelchair accessible?

steak with green salad and fingerling potatoes
All the fixin’s

Yes, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. There are also accessible restrooms in the back. If you want to make it easier to visit, ask them to place you somewhere conveniently located when you make your reservation. 

Does Wolf & Lamb serve desserts?

peacan pie in tart shell with scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pecan Pie. Nuff said.

Pecan Pie. Pecan Pie. Also- Pecan Pie. All other pies are ruined forever after this one. And it comes with a scoop of ice cream, on top of the piping hot tart. PECAN PIE. 

There are also other options- I am told the Flourless Chocolate Cake is good, and so is the Apple Tart. But also- PECAN PIE. 

Final Thoughts

Wolf & Lamb is just the best. They have been open for 20 years, and it absolutely shows. Amazing service, food that is beautifully presented, fresh and flavorful, and served quickly. For our meal of 3 appetizers, 2 mains, 2 desserts and 2 drinks, we spent $312. And you know what? It was worth every penny. 

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