Hospoda
Hospoda
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Hospoda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hospodanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128611038x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Sunday: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rene B. Stein
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 1st and 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: 68th Street and Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Hospoda
Hospoda presents a menu of beer-inspired cuisine. It's a first-in-New York culinary experience. These New American dishes are created by chef Rene B. Stein and prepared using beer or its primary ingredients in various creative ways. Each dish is meant to be paired with the purest and freshest Czech Pilsner Urquell, local craft beers, and selected European and American wines.

Hospoda is part of the Ambiente Group which was founded in 1995. The Ambiente Group now includes two successful brands, Ambiente and Lokal, and 13 restaurants, primarily located in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. The Ambiente Group includes fine dining establishments, casual dining restaurants, stylish cafes and pubs.
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Hospoda reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Food disappointing for price
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I don't mind paying up when food warrants it but it was very disappointing. Portions small, dessert list small for a Czech restaurant. Underwhelming experience.
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    Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab food and beer
    ChocFrog
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We wanted to try a new restaurant in NYC during our visit and discovered Hospoda from social media buzz about it. We were not disappointed. We went for the Signature Prix Fixe with beer pairings and the quality of the food throughout the four courses and of the drink was outstanding. The poached egg with lobster, speck brioche and coffee vinaigrette was the star of the evening in my view, but it had very tough competition. Service was impeccable and the staff were very knowledgeable and passionate about what was being served. We had a wonderful evening overall.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Dining Experience
    DiningNYC2013
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This a great restaurant offering beer/wine pairings and a prix fixe dinner. It is more expensive but cheaper, healthier (?) and definitely a better taste excursion than many restaurants in Manhattan. Tables were also spread more apart from each other allowing for more conversation and privacy. Service was professional and friendly. Some lags in the time dishes were brought to the table but it was an overall pleasant experience. We will most likely come back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, special
    WhosonfirstWhatson2nd
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Chose this restaurant due to the Zagat and NYTimes and others. Very nice that it is under the Czech building. Art work and ambience were modern and imagninative. We went on a Monday night and it was quiet but the food was outstanding (poached egg/lobster appetizer, special trout dish, chocolate cake desert), the wine choices excellent. We were also given some neat small samples that were inventive. Also, I had a cucumber soda that was great!! Everyone was attentive and super cordial. My guest who is from Europe and a world traveler thought it was very special. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    MaureenVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Extremely well prepared delicious duck. AMAZING coconut dessert. I wanted to lick the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UES Hidden Gem
    CJIA
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The hidden gem / Sleeper of the upper east side. A dynamic, fresh, thoughtful, and creative menu accompanied by thoughtful booze pairings, an intimate space, and spot-on service. The waitstaff here are incredible- you can really tell that they really love and believe in the restaurant- it's as if they are joining you on a culinary ride. I almost didn't want to write this review so that I could keep my revelation of the restaurant to myself, but it's well deserved. Good on you, Hospoda. I'll be seeing you soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eat Before You Go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Presentation lovely but too much money for too little food. Left hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow and absent minded service
    Anita
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I was with 3 other dining companions and unfortunately, service was unbelievably slow, inattentive and forgetful. I'm not sure if it was intentional, as everyone was nice, but the two servers interacting with our table felt like they had their heads in the clouds. I had asked for an additional glass of wine, which the server forgot to bring for 20 minutes, then apologized and gave me a pour on the house, but it was a refill for the sauvignon blanc and I had asked for a glass of the cabernet sauvignon. He had also forgotten to bring my companion another beer, and had to be reminded to, after my glass was refilled. Furthermore, it took 45 minutes for our orders to be taken, and bread was never provided to our table..
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab food, outstanding wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    A real gem!! Check it out! This is one of my new favorites in the whole city. Incredible pairings, creative dishes perfectly balanced... Nice space. Really worth a trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's Tasting at Hospoda
    silverbeach
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Picked Hospoda during recent NYC overnight. Stepped up to the 7 course Chef's Tasting with the beer matching by course. All dishes were truly exceptional. Visually stunning with creative technique, each dish offered distinctly layered flavors and textures. Courses included the poached egg with Lobster (often mentioned by other reviewers), as well as sweetbreads, fluke, duck and scallops. The beer flight matching was an amazing eye opener (I was reluctant). Czech oriented but including domestic craft brews, each sampling was delicious, and matched the food courses exceptionally well. Presentation in wine glasses shoed off the colors and carbonation of each beer. Service was expert and laid back, but with impeccable timing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Didn't have to go to LES, east village or Greenwich for such a trendy spot on the UES...and the food was excellent! Loved all the dishes we ordered. Food price was tad expensive but delicious...we will back, and no added cab ride expense for us. Exceptional service. The duck and fillet mignonette were melt in the mouth experience...all good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Czech gem
    Sebastian
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    This is a really great restaurant with innovative and refreshing takes on European dishes plus some rare beers. Thoroughly recommended. I will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    cle27
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I went here with a group of friends and we all loved the food and ambiance. Everything was truly delicious! We would highly recommend the sweetbread appetizer. This restaurant is very unique -it has a great, trendy atmosphere (which isn't that common on the UES), and some really creative dishes. I'd highly recommend Hospoda!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WIll be returning!
    Kait
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I came here for restaurant week with my boyfriend. I absolutely loved it. Everything was amazing. The staff treated you like you were royalty and the food was exquisite! Every bite was amazing. Not to mention that they give you a few things to try in between meals. I will definitely be returning for an amazing dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, Food and Drinks
    DW31
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I took a date here for Restaurant Week, as we walked in we had no idea what to expect, but we were happy we decided on this spot. The waiters were knowledgable about the dishes and drinks menu, they serve a Pilsner Urquell 4 different ways and he helped explain the difference (mostly being the amount of head when poured). I ordered a Greenport Porter and she had a glass of wine, both were exactly as the wait staff described and perfect for our dinner needs. She had the Poached Egg and I had the Arctic Char to start, both were flavorful and tasty! For the main I had the Beef Tenderloin and she had the Ferro Risotto, personally I liked the Risotto more, but the Beef was excellent as well. We also had dessert and it was very memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bitter
    hello
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    unless you like beer, or beer tasting food, the food was just "ok". service is great so was ambiance. Just not a beer drinker. More so me than the restaurant. They even gave us free beer but I dont drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and fine service.
    Steve
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Wonderful food and fine service. Truly a "find" amd [erfect for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My second visit and plan to
    WALLYWUVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    My second visit and plan to make it a regular stop on my NYC trips from VA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very stingy food
    SilverVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Restaurant Week is a chance to showcase the establishment and to encourage new customers who otherwise might be deterred from (in this case, the very expensive) normal menu. The stingy portions, lack of choice for the desert, very expensive wine list, etc.,etc, and so forth, are unlikely to appeal to anybody, even those who live in the immediate neighborhood like us. We were hoping that this could become one of our regular places.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative fare, beautiful space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food was creative and beautifully plated. Who would think an entree consisting 95% of just carrots could be so special? Try the pilsner 4 ways - it's a treat. Our server was kind, knowledgable and relatable. I'd return for the great service alone. If you're a foodie you'll find hospoda worthy of a visit. Be sure to try the lobster appetizer. Do be aware - the portions are quite small so you'll want to try several courses. Overall we're lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber on the upper east side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    luv2cook
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Delicious food beautifully presented by informed and friendly staff. My husband and I will be going back soon and have recommended the restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Greatfind
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wanted to go somewhere different on upper east side. We had the Chefs tasting menus and beer flights. Both were incredible and I would totally recommend the chefs tasting menu. Service was awesome and very knowledgable on each serving. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Jack
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food and wine/beer pairings were flawless. Great price fix for Valentines day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-all Unique, Wonderful Staff
    Bloo
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    A short run-down on Hospoda: 1) Romantic, elegantly casual, artistic, intriguing atmosphere and decor 2) VERY knowledgeable wait staff in regards to craft beer, wine, spirits, liquor, etc. 3) Uniquely delicious food to entice the palate 4) Broad selection of beer, wine 5) Friendly staff that genuinely care about your opinion and dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful restaurant with
    traveller
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Delightful restaurant with over the top new style Eastern European food which matches well with available beers as well as the limited but carefully chosen wine list. Service warm and helpful but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions make for poor value
    Dsib1947
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Good food does not compensate for small portions. Not giving enough food for price of dish. Presentation makes it look like half a portion. We hesitated to eat here because of an earlier review which made these same points. That reviewer said the chef had changed and this was the result.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great addition to our favourites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We tend to eat locally as we have kids and want to make the most of our date nights but we have been on the lookout for something different from our regular spots in the neighbourhood. This was a great find - the food is excellent and a cut above most of the UES options, the service was gracious and we loved the wine pairings (and the flexibility to adjust these as we wanted). The only downside to our evening was the couple near us loudly and obnoxiously negotiating their prenup. Other than that, we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LESS IS BEST
    KpmvVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Sometimes when u go to a restaurant , and the vibe is good u don't pay attention to the food.. Hence the recommendation from a friend that This place was great and a new find. Really disappointed , the menu was very limited, the food prepared was so over layered with ingredients the fish was lost.. It was just too much of an attempt to be creative , it was way overworked. My guest could not eat her trout, it was so overcooked it looked undercooked , it wasn't, thats just the way it was prepared, not pleasing to the eye. The restaurant ambience is nice and good for talking which is always great, and the staff was great...but the menu absolutely needs to be reworked in my opinion .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular food and one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Spectacular food and one of the most interesting wine lists around, all served in a cool, modern setting. It's one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but tasty
    PeatCVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We went on a snowy night so the restaurant was fairly empty. We decided to try the Chef's Tasting Menu and the accompanying beer pairings. It was not cheap, but the menu was well thought out and the courses came quickly. Overall we had a nice time and had great service (perhaps almost trying too hard).
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This has now become our favorite restaurant in NYC. My partner is a beer connoisseur and was extremely impressed as well. From start to finish the staff was exceptionally friendly and attentive. The presentation was beautiful, and the pairings were divine. The atmosphere was chic without being pompous. We've been talking about how much we loved our date there since we left 2 days ago. We had the Beef Tartare appetizer with a barley wine and a hefewiezen, followed by our entrees: the duck and the beef tenderloin. For dessert we had the apple cinnamon egg nog choice and the pina colada choice (I forget the actual name of the desserts). Again, we were thoroughly pleased, and we will definitely be recommending this to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    JPPTAPVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Words cannot express how AMAZING Hospoda was. The welcoming service, perfect wine/beer pairing, timing & presentation of the food, delectable combinations, textures & flavors, etc. was more than exceptional. Hospoda is working on their Michelin star and no doubt will achieve it! Hospoda beats Le Bernadin hands down in every category! The food & parings were interesting & memorable. I think I said "Mmmmmm" with every bite & sip I took! Unbelievably fantastic experience. We felt like special guests. We highly, highly recommend this restaurant -- it's the best restaurant experience we've had in over 10 years! (and we dine out a lot!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't visit NYC often
    TiadaleVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Dinner here was the highlight of our trip. The staff was extremely pleasant and seemed genuinely happy that we were there. The ambiance was quiet and romantic. The food was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service and ambience were
    morrieVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The service and ambience were excellent. Howeever, they hired anew chef some 6 mopnths ago, andheis still working out the kinks from the changes in their menu. There was a battle between beautiful presentation and sizable portions. Sadly, the presentation has prevaled, and in my view protion control was not sufficient for a normal person. When we mentioned this to the manager and maitre d' they insisted on giving us another service, with complementary wines. As the manger said, no one should leave their restaurant hungry. This alone merits going back for another dinner to see if the balance between presentaton and portion control has shifted.
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  • Wonderful Food & Fantastic Service
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This was my first dining experience at this restaurant. The food was delicious, the wine list fantastic, and the very attentive service made for a great dining experience. The wait staff was incredibly knowledgeable about the various ingredients utilized in each dish, and accommodated food allergies very well. All of the food was very fresh with primarily local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant service and adventurous
    zieb
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Pleasant service and adventurous (yet delicious) cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not traditional
    smwmd
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    nice small portion well done. We had a great meal and a good time
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Czech-ish on the UES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    We had a terrific meal here the other night. The place is described in various media as a Czech restaurant, and we expected goulashy things, but found instead that the Czech influence is very understated. Dishes were creative, sophisticated, but not fussy. The servers, and greeters, were enthusiastic and charming. My only ding: The noise level. Quite loud.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Service was very good and the atmosphere is great. Portions were small, which I like, but the prices were too high for the portion and quality of the food. I came a while back before they revamped the menu and remember the food being a little better. This time it was perfectly edible, but nothing spectacular. Not sure if I'll come back, which makes me sad because we need better places in this neighborhood.
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  • Different
    Bob1VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    A rather different dining experience. An unusual decor with excellent food and service. The emphasis here is upon beer with several varieties. Small portions and expensive, but milieu worth it once or twice a year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.