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Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2013
Serene, delightful food - delicious wine! Respectful and knowledgeable server. This was truly a special meal.
Posted by Perseus on 10/12/2012
I took my Godfather and his partner here for dinner when visiting in NY for work. What could have been a really enjoyable evening was ruined by a totally ineffectual restaurant manger. Having eaten here before I thought I knew what to expect which was not a table of 8 people so LOUD that I was unable to have a conversation with anyone on my table without almost shouting (keep in mind they were 3 tables away!). I asked a waiter if he could ask the table to lower their voices a little and he said he had already done so but would ask again. I have never had reason to complain in a restaurant before, maybe I've been v lucky? The table quietened down for about 2 minutes then resumed their deafening inane chatter, it would not have been so bad if their conversation had been remotely interesting or amusing, it was neither! Halfway through our main course the manager appeared after I had asked for him 20 mins earlier and rather that ask the group to to lower their voices to a normal pitch said he would move us to another table? He did nothing to apologise even though 3 of the waiting staff had apologised earlier and said they were sorry about such a loud table, the waiter taking our order could not hear what my Godfather was trying to order. Until this restaurant has a manger who can actually control the place in a civilised manner I would avoid it, for the price $400 for 2 courses for 3 people, we left after 2 courses as it was too bloody noisy the are far better, more civilised restaurants.
Posted by miaomix on 02/08/2011
What can I say, the food was real, none of the pseudo GMO irradiated plastic crap that is commonly served these days even in the best restaurants. Delicious dishes, superbly prepared, and presented, intelligent attentive service, and spacious, comfortable dining tables impeccably appointed. For a few hours that afternoon we felt pampered and happy like a vacation in Vienna.
Posted by brettroad on 01/28/2010
Sunday Brunch for 4. A very nice looking restaurant with friendly, professional, and efficient staff. I knew it was pricey with a good reputation when we made the reservation so was expecting a good meal. Each of us thought the food was very disappointing and average at best. An unpleasant surprise when I received the bill was an $8 charge for what I believed was a sample side dish of something I had asked about. For perspective, had I ordered the full entree it was included in for the table it would have only cost $13. And it was sauerkraut! I would spend my money elsewhere.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 01/06/2010
A friend and I celebrated his birthday at Wallse last evening. I have been meaning to try this restaurant for years and finally did. We were escorted to our table at the exact time of our reservation. The room had a warm, relaxed yet sophisticated feel to it. The four course tasting menu was delicious, the portions ample and the food excellently prepared. The only slight failing of the evening might have been the service. Our waiter seemed distracted at times and disappeared on several occasions. The evening was also not an inexpensive one. However, I will return to Wallse again in the future.
Posted by Food Lover on 11/15/2009
Was excited to check out what the place was all about but it was just overpriced dished with rushed service. Won't go back again
Posted by saucygal on 06/30/2009
My friend, daughter (2-years-old) and I went to Wallse for dinner last night. The experience was absolutely LOVELY! The service was super attentive. The staff was very sweet with my little girl and catered to her whims...brought her a paper cup for her water, kept picking up the napkins and flatware that she dropped quite frequently and replaced it, chatted and sang with her, etc. They were just so sweet and kind and helped us with our food and wine selections. They didn't rush us through our dinner and allowed us to enjoy every bite without hurrying to clean away our plates. We sat outside and felt really comfortable. We could see the Hudson River and the sunset and it was pretty magical. The food was elegantly prepared, fresh, absolutely delectable and very pretty on the plate. We shared the Spätzle braised rabbit, wild mushrooms, peas, tarragon as an appetizer. While there wasn't much rabbit in the dish, the flavor was light, creamy, a bit earthy from the mushrooms, herby and simple - very nice. Then my friend had the Maine Lobster cherries, fava beans, bérnaise sauce. OMG! I thought I died and went to heaven - it was so good. Who would think of pairing cherries with lobster?? Brilliant. I shared the Wiener Schnitzel potato-cucumber salad, lingonberries with my daughter. It was cooked to perfection and the salad was spot on. Very straightforward and traditional. The wines we had with dinner (my friend had white and I had red) were really delicious and paired perfectly. For dessert we shared the Quark Cheese Panna Cotta vanilla scented rhubarb, strawberry sorbet. It was just the perfect ending to a really lovely meal. Refreshing, beautiful, just lovely. The coffee was really good, too. And then when we thought our experience was coming to an end they brought out a sweet little plate with hazelnut cookies that were so delicate and crispy and cocoa covered almonds that were just divine. It was a most perfect experience. Next time we go for brunch!!! Can't wait!