If you are looking for traditional German fare, you will certainly enjoy the atmosphere and menu here. Vintage decorations and mementos adorn the ... More
If you are looking for traditional German fare, you will certainly enjoy the atmosphere and menu here. Vintage decorations and mementos adorn the dining area, and the permanent Christmas ornaments are marvelous. The music, including jazz, makes a great setting for consuming delicious bratwurst, knock-wurst and liver sausages. Patrons also love the roast suckling pig, herring dishes and Wiener schnitzel . There is a good choice of beers. A la carte prices are reasonable, and there is also a prix fixe menu. Please call ahead for restaurant hours.
Rolf's is the WORST restaurant that we have ever visited in New York. The food is expensive (the posted menu does not reflect the menu in the restaurant - the prices are about $8 - 10 higher on entrees) I don't mind paying for good food, but we had 4 different selections and all were tasteless, bland, and covered in a glue like gravy that even our dog would not eat. Save your money and look inside at the decorations, then go somewhere else for a meal.
This is the absolute worst resteraunt I have ever been too. Im 100% German and this was no where near German food. It looked like old reheated TV dinner. There wasn't even anyone German in the place. Words can't describe how bad the food was. Potato pancakes tasted like fried bread crumbs. Jager schitzel looked like and tasted like cafeteria food.
Went on Saturday after Thanksgiving w/ a party of ten. Waited almost two hours past our reservation time & they still had to seat us at 2 differnt tables.
We were excited to try the schnitzel.
Bleh. Like cafeteria food.
Service was unprofessional , clumsy & slow.
Place looked nice, but that MichaelJackson music has to go.
Dessert was limited but enjoyable.
We wont ever return.
Went to dinner and I was very hungry ! I was about to eat everything . The food was so B A D !!!!! The sausage , the chicken, the potato pancakes and the veggie beef broth soup, was not only below average.... it was below zero or -1..... The soup was frozen veggies with water , the chickent was cold and very plastic!!!! Only the beer was good (heif weiss) the decor it was the same chrstmas thing, and the service so slow so I had to get napkins my self. Then, when brought me the check the waiter for the first time stay next to me to see if it is anyhting was fine(to get the tip). Shame for the Chef which doe's not exist. See the kitchen in the back.... you will not eat again !! E X P E N S I V E, B A D S E R V I C E, B A D F O O D. GO TO DRINK AND N O T T O E A T !!!!!!!
I'd been to Rolf's more than a decade ago. The food was as superb as the Christmas decor, and I constantly dreamed of going back. I finally went there at the end of 2006. I couldn't believe they did not have Beck's beer! The guy who looked like the Manager (or owner?) seemed to be from my part of the world (nowhere near Germany, nor even Europe, nor US). I asked him why no Beck's. His reply implied there was demand for Beck's in Rolf's. Hard to believe. I'd give the German meatloaf (and I'm being really generous here) a 4 out of 10.
My wife's co-worker recommended this place to us. She said it was a bar/pub so I wasn't expecting much. But, I was looking for a good German restuarant and was happily surprised. Walking in the door I was literally speechless at the amazing Christmas decorations. The ceiling is literally covered with greenery, ornaments and santas. This is not a spacious place to begin with - it has a bar along the right wall and an aisle with tables on each side along the left wall, and is maybe 40 feet deep. The decorations bring in the ceiling and walls and it takes on a very welcome, cozy and somewhat confined setting. After the holidays are over, the host told us that they swith to a spring theme and then an Octoberfest theme. We dined on Dec 29th and the room was loud with the after work bar crowd. We were lucky to get a table without reservations and I would suggest those in the future. The menu has German and Austrian dishes with the median price around $24.95 for dinner entrees, $9 for appetizers, $9 for desserts (black forest cake and apple streudel) and $15 for side orders of potato pancakes. The dinner entrees were delicious and the portions are generous. The pork chop dinner had 2 large chops, sauerkraut w/ caraway seeds and green beans which resulted in one chop coming home. The weiner schnitzel was in a delicious gravy with green beans and spaetzle. (On the negative side: The potato pancakes seemed to be deep fried rather than pan fried which was disappointing. They tasted OK, but were less than expected. The spaetzle may also have been fried rather than boiled and was in larger chunks than I would have desired. There was no children's menu - but they provided extra plates and we were able to make due by splitting our large meals for our elementary school kids.) For dessert we shared the apple struedel which is served with a generous heap of whipped cream. With one beer the bill was $90 before tip. If you are looking for a place that combines good food with holiday cheer, this is the place. We are planning a return trip to see the spring decorations. We parked on the street so bring plenty of quarters to feed the meters. One quarter buys you 10 mins on a 1 hour limit meter, so a trip to the car is required at some pont. In and out in 90 minutes.
I've been to the bar a couple times before, but this weekend was the first time that I ordered food. WOW - I had the Hungarian goulash and it was fantastic. The service also was exceptional. The Christmas decorations are so lovely and the ambiance is perfect on a cold December night in NYC. I will admit, if you're claustrophic or in a large party, this would not be the place for you. It's a very intimate atmostphere and it will become a Christmas tradition for sure.
I owe the acquaintance who recommended this restaurant a swift kick. The tables were so crowded together and so tiny it was downright claustrophobic. The holiday decorations, which would have been charming in a roomier setting, only added to the sensation. I actually had to turn my plate around mid-meal as I did not have enough elbow room to get to that side. I'm talking TINY!!! All of this would have been tolerable if the food had been good. But it was simply not. The schnitzle and fried potatoes tasted as if they had been cooked without a drop of oil or butter - hard and dry. The mashed potatoes tasted suspiciously instant. There was a slick, tasteless fluid on the wursts and mashed potatoes that I think was supposed to be gravy. The overcooked green beans had been sitting in water for an unacceptable period of time. The entire meal tasted as if it had been prepared hours in advance and then kept warm until it was all dried out. And this was at 5:00 in the evening!!! When would you have to go to get anything freshly prepared? We traveled quite a distance to take a German houseguest to this restaurant. Frankly, it was embarrassing that this was what we had to offer in the way of German food, in New York City, food capital of the world! And to add insult to injury, it was all grossly overpriced.
I have been eating here for well over twenty years and while NYC does not have many German restaurants this is the best. You get a very neighborhood crowd, the bar is cozy, the restaurant has the most interesting decorations, and they serve wonderful German beer. The Wiener Schnitzel never disappoints, probably as good as I have had anywhere. Also good for the sauerbraten, wursts, potato pancakes, etc. A New York gem!
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