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Posted by Bobby on 01/13/2012
This is a really good place to try something new with the family. The atmosphere is nice along with the music. The service is really great as well
Posted by bargainfoodie on 12/28/2011
Having heard stellar reviews, I decided to skip the lines elsewhere and stop in for Sunday brunch. Boy did I make a big mistake. I should have guessed that something was wrong by how empty the place was, but decided to give it a try. My waiter was very rude ("What do you want?") and there were other waiters hanging around idly at the bar. I wasn't asked if I'd like something to drink, and when I asked for a recommendation, the waiter arbitrarily picked soemthing form the menu. I went with his choice of an egg frittatta, figuring it couldn't be bad. While I waited, I was served cold bread with olive oil. After 30 minutes, I asked where my food was and it was clear they had forgotten to run it. Finally, a beautiful plate of food came out - and I was excited. One bite and I wanted to puke -the eggs were so laden with salt that they were virtually inedible (and I love salt!) I gobbled as many bites as I could stand (I had to meet someone after I didn't have time to reorder) and took a few forkfuls of mushy, overcooked potatoes. Then I asked for the check, which took another 10 minutes. Overall a lackluster (verging on poor experience). I do not understand the hype and will not be returning. P.S. I noticed the girls at the table beside me order the bottomless mimosas. Not only were their drinks served in different glasses, they were entirely different colors.
Posted by Richard S. on 07/21/2011
This place has been at the end of my street for years and I've noticed it always busy but finally went there 'cos a friend took me and the wife out to dinner. It is one of the best, maybe the best, restaurants in the Columbia neighborhood which thankfully has more and more good places. For the small plates the octopus, the leeks carbonar and the pork belly were all delicious as was a leg of lamb and lamb sausage special and the Hudson Valley duck. Prices are high for the area - most large plates are in the mid to upper $20s - but it was an excellent dinner and the place itself is very appealing with the upstairs quiet and perfect for talking. The building is at an angle to Broadway because the walls follow the line of an old lane that led up to the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum that occupied what is now Columbia's campus.
Posted by Eliana on 07/11/2011
This place is the best unexpected gift....i heard about this through a friend..and now want to share it with all of my friends....its the cutest place in morningside...i just wish it were closer to me...i finally got some of my friends to go up here..and we are all so glad we did..the best food ive had in long time.... if you want some ideas on some yummy things to try....flash fried cauliflower is to die......im obsessed wuth the scallops...they are simply delicious...it has a cute little section of exotic sounding drinks...and the place is really cool looking...mainly the food is really freaking good!
Posted by Jack on 04/01/2011
One of the best "Burgers" I've ever had, service was good and the decor was very comfortable. Will go back and try some of the other itemms on the Menu.
Posted by Vladimir on 05/29/2010
My experience at Vareli was superb. Friendly attentive service from beggining to end. Great value and fabulous food. My favorites were the Pork Belly with creamy polenta and brocoli rape. this dish was outstanding and loved that it was topped with a fried egg. Also the Octopuys was geniusly balanced with Greek yogurt and a chick pea salad and pickled onions. My favorite salad looks like pasta made of leeks topped with a poached egg and served with bacon bits and crutons. I thought it was exotic and delicious. For my main course i had The Salmon wich was cooked to perfection and interestingly served with a olive port reduction and tomato confit with roasted fennel. Service was very good and the wine prices were surprisingly affordable for such good choices. i finished my dinner with the Pana cota wich i had many times but Vareli's is the best. I think they infused it with rose water and it's topped with delicious poached strawberrys. Light and sweet. At the end i was impressed by how on my way out mostly everyone noticed my departure and thank me for coming to Vareli! I would definetily recomend it and come back soon. I'll be the one with the funky hat ;)
Posted by nygal on 05/27/2010
This place is just what the neighborhood needed! Since Vareli opened, my husband and I have visited about once a week.. usually Friday nights for the awesome sangria special - $12 for a caraffe of super yummy white wine sangria with chunks of stawberries and mango. The atmosphere is cool as well - looks like the inside of a wine barrel, if that makes any sense.. like a Mediterranean wine bar, mix between rustic and cool.. The dips appetizer comes with great bread that we love! The lamb burger is very good. Didn't love the veg sandwich, and they could def use a little more variety in the menu However, most dishes we've tried have been very good so far. Def give this one a shot!