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Posted by faust on 08/12/2008
I have been here many times and I can say that usually the food is excellent and the service is so so to bad. Some of the waiters have attitude problems that have affected my enjoyment of the food, but generally, the service is quite good and there is nothing this authentic in the area. It is always worth the visit and since no one has mentioned it, I want to say that the breakfast menu is quite good as well.
Posted by Elyse G on 06/26/2008
I recently went to a family dinner party for about 25 people and the food and service were wonderful. They gave us a set menu to choose from and having tasted everything there was nothing that I can say was even below par. The food was delicious and I would go back any time. The service was wonderful and the must have deserts were the best. They make this mixed up apple pancake that is amazing and their apple strudel is as good as my grandmothers well almost. All in all a must try. Also nice casual atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2008
I ate the $20 prixe fixe lunch and I was very pleased. The food and service were good. The restaurant also has a very nice decor. The prixe fixe lunch comes with soup or salad, an entree and dessert. It is a relatively cheap way to taste what the restaurant has to offer.
Posted by Essen&Trinken on 05/03/2008
EXCELLENT!! I came here with my dad last week, we are both German (not by choice, but on passport) and since he was in town visiting from the Bay Area (Yes, we all live in the States now, and that is by choice), I thought I'd surprise him by getting some good, old country fare, as there are few, if any, good Austrian/German spots on the west coast. Anyway, I called the Restaurant from the cab on the way there around seven, and they were able to accomodate us immediately. I was expecting Blaue Gans to be the pretentious, yuppie, Tribeca hangout my friends usually convene in. You know, the kind of place where it's all about the vibe and the dishes are so far removed from what they are supposed to resemble, that you end up with some gross & ridiculous creations, a la Udon-Sea Urchin-Gulasch or Sashimi Rouladen in Hering Sauce. Fortunately, this proved not to be the case. We both started with some soup, the lentil for Papa and Beef Consomme for me. They were both superb. For my main dish I ordered the Suckling Pig (it was seared to perfection), which came with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts, both also very good. The portions were not very big, but I'll take quality over quantity any day, and this way I had room for dessert. I went with the special, sweet dumplings in a lemon rhubarb sauce. Exquisite!! I have not had Teutonic fare this good, since I went to the Schwarzwaldstube, in my native Baden-Wuerttemberg a couple of years back. And that place is a 19.5 on Gault Millau. Anyway, it was a very pleasant surprise, and I will definitely be going back if I'm overcome with Heimweh or just craving some pork. Fazit: Gut gemacht Kurt!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/10/2008
The staff took forever getting our beverages. The sausage was okay, would have expected tastier. The kraut was so-so and the Schniztel seemed like it was microwaved. On top of everything else, we felt like we had to rush thru dessert (which was the only good thing about the whole meal) because they had reservations backing up. (Perhaps if they'd gotton drinks a little quicker). I felt that the menu was completely overpriced and the portions puny. I Iive in the neighborhood and feel like this restaurant is totally out of place. Suggestion move the whole place to the Upper East Side. I won't be back.
Posted by FrenchSoireeDotCom on 02/11/2008
Although the restaurant's fare is Austrian/German food, who said that Steak Tartare is exclusively French? We had one of the best classic Steak Tartare dishes we have experienced in our years of ordering it in NYC. Admittedly, we requested that the dish come already prepared (some of us are not so skillful in the preparation department), and learned that this was not a normal request for the restaurant. However, the chef gladly complied and the dish was just simply delicious! It was a nice size (for an appetizer) and therefore quite filling. For my main entree, I had the Golden Fried Free Range Chicken And Potato - Me Salad. Honestly, I found the fried chicken of Blaue Gans much better than that of many southern places that claim to have this mouth watering dish. Who said that fried chicken is exclusively southern? The potato salad was quite good and "German-like" and could not be finished due to the wonderful appetizer! My dinner companion had the Venison she thought was quite good except the spaetzle. She, being reared in the southwestern part of Germany, was intrigued by its shape, but found that they were completely overcooked and had become mush. Also, she took it for granted that lingonberry sauce or preserves would come with the venison. It didn't even occur to her to ask for them because they always have accompanied venison, whenever she has ordered it in Germany and Austria. For dessert, we shared the One-Bite Chocolate Lollipops with Vanilla Milk Shake. The lollipops were unique, fun, and very very good! On the other hand, the vanilla shake is something that MUST (not should) be rethought. UGHH!!! Chilled, slightly vanilla-flavored cold milk! Where is the milkshake in that? Gooey, ice-creamy, decadent? I was rather surprised by the decor. I suppose I envisioned something a bit more plush and Austria-related rather than a generic student bar look. The bar is nice but to me was very gloomy. The bathrooms are very clean and well-appointed. At times, it became a bit too noisy, and one can tell that the decibel level is dependent upon whoever is managing the volume knob (which might be more than one person.) As for the service, I think it depends upon who you get. Our waitress seemed to be very busy, but the waiter who stepped in around dessert time managed to dissuade our frustrations somewhat. The hostess was very welcoming and we were thanked by as many as six people as we left. Now, that's a real nice touch!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2007
We ate here for dinner nen night because we were looking for some good german food. We are 2nd generation germans and have had great german food all our lives. Well, this place does not have that at all. The spaztle was in a cream sauce with scallions and the Jager Schniztel tasted as if it was premade and heated up, very tough. The service was not that great either. We had to ask several times for refills on beverages, but they came running with the check. I wouldn't eat there again. There are much better German Restaurants in NYC to eat at.