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344 W. 11th St., nr. Washington St. (West Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-352-2300 | www.wallserestaurant.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 5:30pm-11:00pm; Sat.-Sun.: 11:00am-2:15pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm
BEST FORBrunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 15-21; USD 27-38
FAMOUS PLATESSpatzle; cod strudel with Brussels sprouts; wiener schnitzel; Hungarian beef goulash; Austrian cheeses
DRINKS AND WINEGruner-Veltliner; extensive, Austrian-focused wine list
# OF SEATS75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - seats 40
SUBWAY14th St.-7th Ave. (1, 2, 3); 14th St.-8th Ave. (A, C, E, L); Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq. (1)
The two airy rooms of this modestly simple but beautiful venue are tastefully decked out with imported 20th century Austrian fixtures and genuine Julian Schnabel paintings (the artist himself just so happens to be a regular). Situated on a street corner, it attracts a neighborhood crowd looking to connect with an upscale Village scene. The elegant turn-of-20th century Viennese design plays well against the Michelin-starred cuisine’s modern interpretations.
A diverse collection of West Village schmoozers, foodies, and the occasional celebrity.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Business casual; try an elegant blouse with skirt, matching heels, and bangles.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; a date; another couple; a few friends; parents
WHY WE LIKE IT
It is very West Village cool–the cultured diners appreciate the impressive original art and outstanding food, but do their best to appear immune to the allure of the celebrity clientele.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
Wallsé is one of five venues in chef/co-owner Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Viennese restaurant group (others include Blaue Gans and Café Sabarsky, which is inside the Neue Galerie). The restaurant is named after the 15th century Austrian village where Gutenbrunner was born. At dinner, a four-course tasting menu is available for $80 and a six-course tasting menu is available for $110; both offer wine pairings for an additional fee. Brunch features many of the dinner specialties, plus more casual offerings like bratwurst.
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