101 E 2nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.723718 -73.987432
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
not recommended – This place has some potential, but has too many problems to warrant a visit. The food was bland, the service was slow, and slightly overpriced for the quality. Definitely don't recommend.
Don't go! – People looking to find authentic Hawaiian food and atmosphere will be sorely disappointed. I have been here two times and both times the service was poor and the food was more Asian fusion than true Hawaiian. The last time I went to celebrate a friend's birthday, one of the bartenders was drunk and we waited so long for our drink order that we ended up leaving to go to another spot. I'm surprised Wally's has stayed in business for this long.
Bartender with attitude, wasted servers – Sure, it's ok with a staff that has a good time, but these people were drunk AND nasty! Food was ok, but service was horrible. 5 DO NOT mind a partying staff, but then, at least, I want to be entertained and not see them roll their eyes and stink from boozy breath. They looked cool and all (but the scene is all a bit 80's out dated...). The curly, dark haired female bartender is unfriendly and a besser wisser. It doesn't even look that Hawaiian or whatever it's supposed to look like. Drinks were nothing special.
Don't go! – This place truly does not deserve whatever hype or quality compliments it has received or I have heard...My friends and I dropped by on a Sunday, and there was absolutely NO SERVICE (the supposed only female bartender even told us there was no one else but her, and given that there were people in there waiting to dine and drink, that was ridicoulas!). There was even one male bartender who was clearly drunk or stoned or both (he stumbled to us, and almost toppled our table!), and who tried to take our drink orders, but then we never saw any coming back. PLUS, the table next to us, when the group left, the dirty dishes were left for a good ten minutes! My group and I cancelled whatever drinks we ordered (no food order since there was NO wait staff) and left.
What an extreme disappointment, and an incredibly appalling experience. The whole twenty minutes would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.
FALSE ADVERTISING!!! – Their website indicates nightly music (last night we all thought we were going to see the Hulabillys), and much to our disappointment, found out that they don't even have live music!!!!
The drinks -- well, at best - mediocre - (not even an umbrella in my Mai Tai!)
The service -- slow slow slow.
The food -- I didn't even taste it because it looked so gross.
Did I have a good time? Yes, I did, only because it was my friend's b-day party, but NEVER NEVER would I recommend this place for any kind of event whatsoever.
(But if you do want to have an event there, I'll bet there will be no problem because the place was empty, i.e., I don't think seating is ever a problem.)
Updated Polynesian cuisine meets faithful tiki kitsch in the East Village. – The Scene
The gods have at long last answered the prayers of NYC tiki devotees with a Polynesian outpost that doesn't miss a trick. An elaborately constructed grass-shack bar, working waterfall, island murals and live cockatoo may convince patrons to peer around for Don Ho (who, in attendance opening night, gave Wally's his benediction).
The menu immediately allays fears of frozen-pu-pu Polynesian: It offers paper-thin-skinned Kahlua pork rolls and five-spice squid salad atop sweet taro puree. Entrees such as ponzu-marinated salmon and panko-crusted opah are artfully dressed--a thick crust of sesame seeds, tangy orange salad or soft coconut rice smartly accentuates ocean-fresh fish. Traditional libations meet stringent Trader Vic standards, while innovative ingredient updates make Wally's Downfall and the Tidal Wave welcome additions to the tiki canon.
Terrible!!! – Terrible is the only word to describe this "restaurant." The food bordered on disgusting. At the least it was inedible and WAY overpriced. Do not order the pu pu platter unless you like paying $10 (per person!) for one piece of chicken (?) covered in some smelly sauce and a burnt spare rib (at least thats what I thought it was). The drinks weren't as bad but extremely overpriced. Our waiter was terrible. Wouldn't leave us alone at first and then disappeared. Then he decided to add his 20% tip onto our bill! For our party of 5! Like wrote it in in pen beneath the total!
No aloha here – My husband is from Hawaii so I thought he might enjoy some Hawaiian cuisine. Warning -- this is NOT what Hawaiian food tastes like. Lau lau pork, usually steamed in taro and tea leaves, tasted more like burrito filling. Huli huli chicken (they call it hula hula chicken -- ha ha) had some cheap orange sauce on it and was very dry. Our waitress was nice, but inattentive. We finished our drinks after the appetizer, but she didn't offer to get us more until we were served with desert. That's not a bad thing considering how bad one of our drinks was. The spiced monkey could kill a monkey, it nearly killed us. It tasted like banana-flavored rubbing alcohol. Save your money for a trip to the real Hawaii instead.
Delicious! – Lets start with the ambience- with the bamboo tables and tableset, culture masks hanging on the walls, waitress's get ups and the real parrots, this restaurant scores a 8/10!!! Very cute. The food was absolutely delicious! The ribs are a must try -- not the regular bbq sauce flavored ribs, and the seafood stew. The banana rum split was fantastic, too! Service was very nice. The cons about this place is that its a bit small and when you get a rambuncous party like the way I did, its extremely, extremely noisy. Everyone was shouting.... Portions were not enough and everything you order (even the drinks) takes a while. However, since this is the only real Hawaiian-like restaurant in NYC thank goodness its a good one! I look forward to my next meal there!
Try it Once! – Waikki Wallys, as the name suggests is like no other. IT's a Hawaiian themed restaurant that goes the fulll length complete with welcoming "lays" and tropical cocktails. The food and drinks are good. Dress code is ultra casual to none (which is a good thing!). It is a small restaurant despite appearances with a small bar attached. Truly unique it is worth going to once with a gang of friends. Don't expect 5 star dining but do expect a great time.
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