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Posted by Momo on 05/18/2008
My BF and I went there last Friday night after so much hype from friends and teasing long waits. We love cute cozy places. They were very attentive putting us on the list, making sure we have drinks in our hands while we waited. The food featuring different kinds of cheese is fun and wine list covers both classic and adventurous/interesting selections. Our experience was deflated when our server slipped in her crocs-like footwear, dishes with leftover food crashing on the floor. A food with some kind of sauce got my BF's jacket. First she refuses to admit there was something on the jacket, only after he asks for some soda to clean it himself, she tried to assist. In these situations, my expereinces have been for servers to offer free desserts or drinks on the house. Sometimes when it's a stain-culprit, dry cleaning is offered. We wish their customer service paralleled the quality of their menu...
Posted by anonymous on 04/27/2008
A bit of a disappointment! The place is tiny, and well-staffed with friendly people, yet incredibly slow! It took at least 45 minutes for our tiny ounces of over-priced cheese to come out, and another 45 minutes for our tiny (!) and over-priced entrees to come out. What's taking so long?! They told us out bottle of wine had finished, so we ordered another...a few minutes later, the server reappears with our original bottle, only half empty, and just says "oops". The macaroni and cheese is definitely pretty good, but by then I was starving and annoyed. I hate to say this, but I think it's an overrated spot and I don't see how anyone could leave full without spending a fortune and waiting forever.
Posted by King of NYC on 04/20/2008
This is one of those special NYC places that you want to tell everyone you know how amazing it is, but at the same time, you know once word gets out, it will always be so packed that you never can get in. That's essentially happened already, but generally don't have to wait long, and the food is so simple, yet perfect, and the presentation of the wine and cheese is excellent. I found the service to be fine, but this is NYC, and sometimes "wanna-be actor types" end up being nasty, but if I only went to restaurants with the nicest people, I wouldn't eat well. Best wine bar I've been too. Menu isn't large, but everything is excellent.
Posted by Vino Guy on 12/03/2007
I'd heard some buzz about Casellula for a few weeks now (co-workers had been last month and had a positive experience). Short of the long of it, went on a Sunday night at 7:30pm, was immediately seated for a table for 2 and had an extremely positive experience. Menu is interesting and all three dishes we tried were very good (mac and cheese with smoked ham crumbles and bread crumbs on top browned to perfection? Outrageous and totally decadent!). Duck confit salad was a little heavy on the mustard seed but very good. And the "Pig's Ass" sandwich was quite good as well - basically a cuban sandwich with a cute name. Pumpkin cheesecake for dessert was light although a bit rich -- really good though. I work in the wine business and see a lot of wine lists -- this one is well chosen and eclectic. Reasonable btg choices at fair prices. Ambiance was PERFECT for a date - and service was very attentive without being overly attentive...a nice balance. Reminded me a little bit of Little Giant on LES in terms of menu/wine list/size of place and overall vibe. It's a small place with maybe 50 seats total so I can understand why a large party showing up during prime time on Friday or Saturday might have a hard time getting seated. My suggestion would be to go on an off night Sun-Wed and check it out. This place is a gem and I'll be going back again soon.
Posted by Barbara on 11/30/2007
Caselllula is possibly my biggest dining disappointment this year! Last night I went with a group of friends/foodies, we were 7, so at first we tried to make a reservation, only to be told it was not possible due to the limited seating in the restaurant, we arrived at 7 PM and were told that to seat all 7 of us it would take half an hour, after 1 hour and 15 min we were still not seated and crammed by the bar, having to shuffle back and forth every 2 min to let someone pass by. Since two of our friends were terribly late we decided to ask a table for 5 and 20 minutes and two overpriced bottles of wine later we were seated.. Just when we sat down our late friends arrived, and a table next to ours got clear, so we asked if they could seat there and were told in a rude way that it was not possible, we ended up seated in 7 at a table that could barely take 5.... On top of the rude and unnecessary attitude, the food was ridiculous, the mac&cheese was salty, not creamy, and the bacon in it overpowered the cheese flavor. The pig's ass was decent but just a sandwich, the meats were nothing special and got served with three little slices of mushy bread. And the cheese... I'm sorry but $5 for an inch of cheese (including the crust) is too much even if the cheese is superb, and this was not the case, the accompaniments for the cheeses were very sharp and ended up overpowering the taste of the cheeses. What they try to sell you as gorgonzola is an average blue cheese so bland it's not even worth the try. I'll spare you the dessert, only the chocolate cake was somehow tasty. The overall experience has been incredibly disappointing, the poor food, the attitude, the prices and the loudness of the place make me want to take the $65 dollars I've spent to a good cheese shop and enjoy. Needless to say we will not go back.
Posted by Disappointed on 11/25/2007
I loved it when this place opened. I really enjoy good cheese and wine and their flatbreads are excellent. However, I tried to introduce this place recently to some friends and the attitude/service was so rude - they're trying to be something they're not - they are a local neighborhood wine bar and should make this a friendly, relaxing place to be. Instead, we were treated incredibly rudely and inhospitably - not only will I not go there again, but I will tell all my friends that I told about this place not to go. I can't deny their good wine and cheese list, but never in all my eight years of living in Manhattan have I been so appalled. There are too many wine bars now to put up with this attitude again.
Posted by Hobrobert on 10/09/2007
Exquisite, special place, the kind of which makes NYC a great city. Was very skeptical at first, since they don't appear to even have a kitchen, and the menu is rather limited. But everything is tasty, they are great with pairing classic ingredients, with subtle twists. Mac & cheese is mouthwatering, and the Duck Breast ruben is mindalteringly good. EVERYTHING is good, even things with ingredients that I don't always like. The idea of paying $5 bucks for each portion of cheese seemed a bit high, but they are paired with condiments, served beautifully and are high quality. But even if you don't order the cheese--or even the wine--the food is just perfect. i don't write reviews much, but this place deserves to be praised. and no, i don't work there or are related to the owner...