344 W 11th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.735475 -74.008206
Dinner Nightly 5:30p.m.-11:30p.m.
Brunch Saturdays & Sundays
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
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 incompetent, weak, 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.
Save your $$. Much better elsewhere. – 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.
Great food – service is awesome here, the restaurant is beautiful, the servers are nice and you have to make a reservation. the food was great, but the portions were soooo tiny =( the experience was good, and i had a great time with my friends, but i wouldn't come here often because i will always leave feeling a little hungry. i will, however, come again if it's a super special occasion because the experience itself was great.
great wine list – Having lived in Vienna for a while, I have been scouring the city for a genuine Austrian place. Wallse is a beautiful, elegant restaurant with wonderful service and a WONDERFUL Austrian wine list - the menu is fine - to be honest, I just don't want to spend that much money for a Wiener Schnitzel, gussied up or not. The food was fine, but not quite worth the prices - however, the wine (again) was just amazing. We ordered a bottle of Pichler Riesling from Durnstein - a place I stayed in Austria - and the waiter, who wasn't even the sommelier, knew the exact hill that the vineyard was on where the wine was grown. (It was also the best bottle of Riesling I have ever had outside of Austria.)
I would recommend going there and spending money on some appetizers and lots of wine - or just not expecting too much out of the food. However, for those who don't know Austrian food as well it could be a fun experience - oh, and the desserts are delicious.
Good food but uncomfortable dining – Six of us had an excellent meal at this restaurant. But it was a typical NY summer nilght: hot and muggy. We asked several times for the air conditioning to be increased but nothing happened. The doors stay open so any AC that does occur is swiftly dissapated. Finally we threatened to walk out and only then did they close the door and it became comfortable in this packed place. It boggles my mind that a place that has great food would provide a very uncomfortable dining experience. The fish dishes were very good and those that had the wiener schnitzel also said it was very good.
Too much hype for the experience – When the Michelin Guide for 2008 came out with Wallse as a one-star achiever, we were excited and booked a reservation (easy on Open Table!). While the food was good and representative of the Austrian palette, the atmosphere, ambiance, and service were pretty lousy. We'd probably go again on a MUCH slower day, but you should be sure to know what wine you want to pair with your foods because the sommelier is nowhere to be found - even when he has been promised to come to your table! The bartender was superb, however, and certainly knows her wines.
A great choice for a date – Romantic with exceptionally good food, Wallse is a winner. The art, the room and the mood are romantic modern and warm. The staff pleasant and service near perfect. A fine selection of mostly Austrian wine give you a chance to try something new and are of high quality.
Beautiful ambiance. Everything is perfect. – The decor and ambiance are really nice here. The restaurant is a nice size... not too big, not too small. Everything is just so... the tables are very nicely set, the flower arrangements beautiful. The food presentation was very nice, the service is professional without being stuffy.
I've eaten here a number of times now, and while the food is always very good, I must say it can be rather pricey. With times being what they are now, I am a bit more price conscious. Yesterday I went for brunch, and got their weiner schnitzel. The piece of meat was about 1/2 the size of a usual veal cutlet, and it came with a small pile of potato salad, and a bit of some type of fruit compote. That cost $26. Their menu also advertised something called "Viennesse Pastries" for $3.50. I assumed this meant a basket of ASSORTED pastry, but no...you got your choice of ONE pastry at a cost of $3.50. A bit misleading IMHO, and rather "cheap" of them I thought. Dessert was $12, again VERY pricey. I've seen desserts at high-end places for $10.... But to charge $12, and during BRUNCH?!
Maybe if I weren't watching my money so much, it wouldn't have bothered me. I mean, it IS a very nice dining experience there...
Not Adding This One to My Favorites List! – I was expecting to be wowed by this place but was disappointed. I can't figure out why it's so difficult to get a reservation when the food is just so so. I started with soup that was a pretty colour but just needed a little more taste. I was hoping to say, "YUM, this is incredible." But, no. Good for a bland diet, though. The bowl in which it was served was larger than the table! Then I had weiner schnitzel. The portion size was also large, but that's not why I didn't finish it. It tasted like Kentucky fried chicken! The sides were just okay: potato salad w/dill, and a potato lattke. There was a plate of what looked like mayo that was the colour of Kermit the Frog. I have no idea what it was. Someone at the table next to ours said it was creamed spinach, but it was like eating a mouthful of mayo! I had the chocolate/coconut tart with marzipan sorbet for dessert. My date tasted it and said they had probably taken a Mounds bar and flattened it. The sorbet had absolutely no taste of marzipan. It wasn't creamy, just watery. But the best thing they served were the complimentary chocolate covered almonds at the end of the meal! Those I would give a few stars. But I still wouldn't go back to Wallse again.
Coat off their back – We enjoyed an exquisite meal on the coldest night of the year in New York. The restaurant was hopping, and unfortunately they misplaced a coat. What transpired next is a testament to the caliber of the dining experience that one will enyoy at Wallse: they gave us the coat check girl's coat! Fortunately, they located the coat as we were walking out, but the overall experience made the trip for a couple of Sydney-siders experiencing their first winter in NYC. Hats off to the beyond-the-call-of-duty staff at Wallse -- we can't wait to go back!
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