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Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2011
Was very excited to try Seasonal after learned of it from Platt's recent 101 best restaurants in NYC. The food is excellent - a modern, inventive take on Austrian cuisine. Ok, now for the minus. I don't even normally notice music in a restaurant but the music here is so bad it actually detracts from the dining experience. It's a nonstop play list of every bad late 90s - early '00s love song. It was practically my go to breakup soundtrack. Sarah McLachlan's 'I Will Remember You'... David Gray 'This Year's Love'... seriously? It made for a very strange dining experience. Seriously, it's a lovely restaurant and great food, just needs a little fine tuning in the ambiance department.
Posted by aje on 06/16/2011
Extremely limited menu (lunch and dinner). Was told that if I wanted sauerbraten I would have to call three days in advance. Spaetzle was way too buttery and had no bacon. Presentation was lovely but the food was just so so.
Posted by Rehntier on 06/01/2011
Really liked the relaxed vibe, professional and friendly service and the good wine list which features an excellent selection of Austrian wines. The cooking left me somewhat confused. It's a good idea to reinvent traditional dishes from time to time. However, parting with traditional cooking techniques typically is not. For example, the Wiener Schnitzel at Seasonal is deep-fried - which any Austrian will tell you is a sign of an inferior Gasthaus. The result just doesn't taste the same as a Schnitzel that's carefully browned in butter (or better even, goose fat) in a frying pan. Similarly, the Sauce Hollandaise seemed a bit pudding-like in consistency which usually is a sign of cheating (using artificial thickeners in the emulsion rather than just eggs, butter and lemon juice). The dishes look very appetizing (although foam is over-used) but the flavors are neither new nor truly intense. If you go to Steirereck in Vienna, you have an entirely superior experience of reinvented Viennese food - one that will truly blow you(r taste buds) away. And at many more traditional restaurants in Vienna with less foam and fancy stuff you will eat food that is more flavorful. Seasonal in this sense is just another example of the widely and arrogantly held belief that New York can reinvent and be more creative than the original - despite the fact that the original has reinvented itself a 100 times better... Still, it's a nice place and a happy addition to the city's all too small selection of Austrian restaurants. A bit less nouvelle cuisine gimmicks, more focus on flavor intensity and, last but not least, a properly baked Wiener Schnitzel would make this a really great place. The prices are entirely reasonable.
Posted by anonymous on 01/19/2011
We have dined here more than once, and everything we have ordered has been top quality. The items on each dish contrasted and complemented the other parts. The portions are small, which is ideal, because you can have multiple dishes and not feel stuffed. The tasting menu with accompanying wines is an excellent way to explore Austrian wines along with the food. The wine steward knows the wines and cares that you enjoy them. There may not be anything "way out" on the menu, but as each dish contains several items, it probably required the amount of effort normally expended for an entire meal. The items on a plate go together well yet provide enough contrast. The professional and caring service makes this an outstanding place to dine. Quality and effort cost something, and this restaurant makes the cost worthwhile.
Posted by kevin c. on 01/10/2011
Excellent staff and service. Attentive and warm. Wine list limited but still high quality. Food a bit disappointing. Lacked the authenticity of Austrian-German resturant. Weiner-schnitzel good, but have had better in NY. My first rule of dining out is that the food must be memorable. At Seasonal it was just Ok.
Posted by Jonathan P. on 10/28/2010
Visited the terrific Seäsonal for my 50th Birthday, and had a culinary/hospitality experience worthy of that important event. I almost never write reviews, but I feel I owe it to you to let you know about this place! Service was exemplary; kudos to management for bringing us Priya, Awa, Martin and everyone else who works here. All were warm, knowledgeable, kind, charming, understanding and good at their jobs. It is all to rare to feel that one has been served by real people who really care about food and hospitality. The amazing service here (including the visit from charming chef Wolfgang Ban) is at least 50% of the reason we want to go back ASAP. I have never been happier to leave a large tip! The room is modern but comfortable, with interesting contemporary paintings on the walls and clean, classy lines. We enjoyed the $85 tasting menu, and cannot recommend it highly enough. To us (my wife is from Japan), it was like an Austrian version of Japanese kaiseki, with each small plate striving (quietly!) to outdo the last in refinement, sophistication and pure flavor/texture pleasure. Highlights were the “Pochiertes Ei” (soft poached egg, lobster, maitake mushrooms, crispy pumpernickel bits), “Kalbsbries” (soft veal sweetbreads), “Zander” (walleye pike with horseradish and dill) and “Zwiebelrostbraten” (not your average roast beef with onions – this is wagyu (a healthy chunk of intense beefiness, cooked rare but not bloody) with a tasty broccoli puree, cipollini and lime). Nothing was oily or greasy. Nothing was overly sweet. Nothing needed salt, pepper or anything other than that which the chefs, in their artistry, had already provided on the plate. Every dish seemed to strike a perfect balance between warm/cool, soft/crunchy, sweet/sour, etc. And each bite demanded to be savored; I'm a big talker, but I found myself having to shut the heck up, chew and enjoy. And all this terrific food is served with care and diligence by an impressively professional staff. The regular appetizer/entree menus also have something for every taste. Seäsonal is, quite simply, my new favorite restaurant in NYC, and one to which I plan to return whenever possible. But I want you to enjoy it, too, so I'll try not to be too upset if I can't always get a reservation because you book the last table!
Posted by Peter Jankins on 09/24/2010
Just got back from Lunch at Seasonal and have to say that the $27 prefixe is the best lunch deal in the city! Where do you get three full courses for that money, everybody else charges you more and serves only two (you might get lucky and get some cookies at the end at other places). Dinner was more relaxed and romantic but overall very well executed Austrian cuisine!!! Will be returning!!!