The first Smith & Wollensky steakhouse occupies a stand-alone building in New York City and showcases the trademark Smith & Wollensky green and white colors; colors they inherited from Manny Wolf’s, the previous steakhouse that had been serving steak at this location since 1897.
Smith & Wollensky was founded in 1977 when Alan Stillman and Ben Benson purchased the steakhouse. The only thing they changed at the time was the sign so it would read “founded in 1977” and the name using the exact same letters.
Smith & Wollensky has two restaurants in Boston and Chicago, the original one in New York, Columbus, Ohio, Miami and the newest one in Las Vegas. (a second Florida location is in the works)
We talked with Smith & Wollensky’s Beverage Director Alec Bruggentheis, about everything from his take on wine trends, the videos we produce for him and a few grapes he thinks everyone should try.