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Posted by Upper Eastsider on 08/04/2013
Years ago I had loved this restaurant but it seems to have gone downhill and the portions have shrunk while the prices have not. The food was OK, nothing special, and the portions very small, except for the spaetzle which were also very good. Dishes like tafelspitz and Wiener scnhitzel are supposed to be hearty, not miniscule. The foie gras was excellent but ....half a slice ? Come on! Make it thinner if you must but at least serve a full slice. Will not be going back.
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