Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar
Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar

Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://seasonalnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2129575550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: German, Austrian
  • Executive Chef: Wolfgang Ban & Eduard Frauneder
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Friedrich 2129575550x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th and 7th Avenues
  • Public Transit: F, N, Q, R & W trains to 57th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar
Over the years together, Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder have perfected their own modern take on Austrian cuisine - one which combines traditional techniques, contemporary innovations, and updates to some of their favorite childhood dishes. The team behind the prestigious private catering group, Elderberry Catering, chefs Ban and Frauneder, together with a small group of investors, have opened Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, their first venture open to the public. Their goal is to provide elegant home-cooking in a sleek but welcoming setting.

The chefs at Seasonal pride themselves on maintaining the utmost quality in their cuisine, and therefore, consistent with its name, the kitchen uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The visual presentation of each plate is the final step in the process, and the chefs have ensured that the look of each plate matches the refinement of the food itself and the décor, creating an unforgettable dining experience.
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Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)special occasion (19)neighborhood gem (19)notable wine list (19)romantic (13)great for lunch (9)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • So glad we tried it
    Cather123VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was looking for something a little different for my husband's birthday dinner and Seasonal, with it's Austrian based cuisine was intriguing. So delicious! I love the poached egg appetizer and adored the veal cheek goulash. The wine paring was terrific, and my husband had a great time talking to the knowledgeable and enthusiastic sommelier. My only problem now is that I will want to order the same items next time and I really should try some others. But I crave that goulash.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Expectations
    Wenz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were looking for a last minute reservation near Columbus Circle on a Saturday night and found Seasonal to be amazing! Who would have thought that we could grab a table and be eating at a Michellin star restaurant within 30 minutes of deciding to go out. The service was the highlight of the meal and that is amazing since the food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Leila
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food, attentive, respectful service, simple, clean, quiet space... Not crowded, which is a surprise and also one of the reasons we shall go back...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    jack
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    after several years absence, we had dinner at seasonal again. it was a big disappointment. the restaurant was empty, the air condition was out of order, and the food was uninspired. these were inconsistent with our very favorable memories the last time years ago....difficult to get reservations, vibrant and the best wiener schnitzel. the waiter did not acknowledge or apologize for the lack of air condition on a hot day (until i asked him). the wiener schnitzel was ok, but rather uninspired, a little soggy and of no particular seasoning. all in all, not somewhere i would be returning to anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honest to God, outstanding
    fisheaterVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    If you're expecting a Viennese restaurant full of gemutlikheit and lederhosn, forgeddaboutit. This place is suave and classy, from the amuse bouche to the after-dinner sweet; but it is the food lin between that makes the evening. I re recommend the sweetbread appetizer (i could easily have eaten two or them, which is a criticism of their quantity and a commendation of their taste), the schnitzel and the veal cheeks, which were sort of an upscale paprikasch. The service was superb, possibly because we ate early and had a lot of attention from the chief honcho. (I hate to sound enthusiastic; I'm usually a nasty critic, but, hey, facts are facts). Anyway, neat-net, go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Austrian
    leniVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant has earned it's Michelin star. It is excellent! The food is authentically Austrian, and the service is superb. The Wiener schnitzel rivals my mother's and the side dishes are perfect. the wine list is extensive and well conceived. The waiters were available when any addition was needed, but did not "hang around." We visit on every trip to NYC and will be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely FABULOUS
    HarkVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    From the attentive service to the expertly prepared food and fine wine, this restaurant is reminder of what fine dining on a small scale can be! Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Dining Spot in Midtown
    TripleH
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Wiener Schnitzel is a must! I have been there 4 times, but last visit, food was a bit salty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant.
    AlexLori
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere and attentive yet unobtrusive service. Had the prix-fixe for $53 (Saturday night price, I think). Watermelon gazpacho, Tafelspitz and Apfelstrudel. All very delicious. My friends had Spätzle and the Wiener Schnitzel. The menu has mostly such Austrian classics and although they are nothing 'hot' or 'new', they are presented nicely, prepared well and taste delicious. Definitely recommend and will be back there as well!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My BF and I went here a couple weeks ago. The steak was divine and service was amazing. We loved it so much that we booked another reservation on the way out the door, we have been there 3 times this month. They got a new manager recently(so we heard) and he is doing a fantastic job. Food and wine are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Food Experience in Memory
    buslunchVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This was a very disappointing food experience. First time in hundreds of recent restaurant experiences where I had no idea what I was eating.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you love Austrian Food & Wine ..
    siimon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed the food, wine, décor and service. This is not stodgy fare, but sophisticated elegant food, Austrian style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ZillertalerNY
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent menu and wine list. The servers were friendly an attentive. Having often traveled to Austria the menu selections were familiar, although the chef's own personal touches made the dishes even more appetizing. The Wiener Schnitzel was outstanding as was the Tafelspitz and Spaetzle. I would definitely visit this establishment again to try some of their other offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • below expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Seeing many reviews on the Seasonal we had high expectations and food was not to die for. Nor was the ambiance decore catered to theme to that restaurant. Was very disapppointed. Espcially for the price it was so not worth it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food Needs Service to Match
    okalenao
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Surprised to find this restaurant almost empty when we walked in at & PM on a Friday night. Food was amazing but restaurant lacks the service to match it. Our selections came too quickly. Numerous service people did not seem to be coordinated. No server or customers at the bar. The popular Wiener Schnietzel dish used to come with three pieces of meat but came with one this time. LOVE the food but want a more personable, classy level of service to accompany it and make it the special meal it should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable dinner!
    Virginavisitor
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Prices are a bit high but that's NYC! Food was nicely presented and delicious...fennel salad and Wiener Schnitzel were exceptional and good size portions. We shared a side of spatzle and it was very tasty. Large European wine list but we savor Northwest wines and had a Pinot Noir from Oregon. Service was attentive and hospitable. We were looking for a German restaurant near the Hilton but Austrian cuisine satisfied our taste buds! Would certainly return on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sampan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The entrée choices were limited which may be a good thing and at our table we had a meat, fish, and vegetarian. All were at best acceptable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for business dinner
    cetraveler
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food is excellent and quiet ambiance makes it perfect for communicating. There is an adequate wine selection, although I can't understand the high price of wine in NYC. The price was at least 4 or 5 times the actual purchase price. They are no more expensive than any other NYC restaurant, but it is ridiculous. The food is traditional Austrian fare but done in contemporary ways.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good restaurant with 2 strikes
    Manhattandweller
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Seasonal is a very good restaurant in a dreadful location. With its proximity to Central Park, Carnegie Hall, City Center it should be a terrific location, but many of 58th Street's buildings' main entrances are on 57th or 59th so it is a one-block dead zone in an otherwise bustling area. We were dining early before theater and were the only customers in the restaurant for about an hour. The service was very attentive, exceptional really, and the food was beautifully and creatively prepared. Memories of the lobster and poached egg appetizer, pillowy spaetzle and well mixed cocktails are enough to get me on that block again. And I hope they don't have to wait much longer for a reevaluation by the City to get an A rather than a B rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Michelin star pretentious wannabe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I could easily get over most of the restaurant issues but when the Austrian chef/owner suggests a glass of "lady wine" with your appetizer you may think again whether to order a glass of Pinot Noir or not. A glass of NY water is just fine. If the same person tells you that lobster (used in their dish) comes "straight from the Danube river outside Vienna" you don't have to be polite and node with your head. It's overcooked anyway. When he blows his nose you could assume he's not feeling well but also you may think of sanitary issues, considering B grade note posted on their front door and a bucket placed in the middle of dinning room collecting water drips from the ceiling on a day without a single cloud in the sky. Should I say more?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything is Austrian here. The food and wine are both good, but since wine is only sold by the glass it tends to get expensive. The female Maitre'D is also Austrian and goes out of her way too ensure comfort and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice prix fixe lunch
    BrianB
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice prix fixe lunch menu. Good selection of Austrian wines to accompany it. Found the schnitzel to be very good. Service was warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin Bargain
    writer100VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Lunch at Seasonal is one of New York's great bargains. Dinner --though a la carte--isn't unreasonable, but at midday this is the best lunch you can get for the money. Enough about the money. The food is wonderful, the service smoothly urbane, and you leave with a sense of privilege. (And the question, "Why can'r more restaurants be as good as this?")
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 936 reviews are from the Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar reviews archive.
  • very mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This is our second visit to Seasonal and we were very disappointed. Asparagus appetizer was good; however, Weiner Schnitzel was chewy and absolutely tasteless. I expect way more from the signature dish. The waiters were totally uncommunicative. Will not return to Seasonal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Carnegie Hall
    Pianogirl7VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Best kept secret! Great Austian food before a concert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We took my mother in law here for Mother's Day for a prix fixe lunch. We each had a different appetizer, we all had the vina schnitzel, and we each at a different dessert. I should mention that my mother in law is Bavarian. The food more than met her hopes. The cocktails were amazing. A great mixologist at the Weinbar. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent from Start to Finish
    OperaDinnerLady
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was excellent, the staff was friendly, lovely ambience, a very delicious cocktail. I can only say nice things about my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Vienna in NYC
    JustATaste
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Every detail is perfect. The food is so good you want to start over again when you are finished. Friendly staff incluidng the chef. Nice drinks and wine list. Visit modern Viena without leaving New York.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising!
    Ralf
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our short-term reservation was really worth it. The restaurant is calm and nice designed, the service outstanding and the food very good. As a German I knew most of the offered food but I didn't know how different, and therefore surprising it can be handed. It was a beautiful experience in a cool ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Austrian Gem Near Carnegie Hall
    EasyTraveller123
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Seasonal is simply one of Manhattan's best small restaurants. One of the city's few featuring the wonderful cuisine of Austria, Seasonal offers a small and interesting tasting or a la carte menu. Our salad was one of the best we've ever had, and the wiener schnitzel is always outstanding. Desserts are a special treat here. The staff is pleasant and polished, and the noise level is civilized. Seasonal is on 58th Street, just two blocks from Carnegie Hall, and if the price is just a bit higher than some in the area, the quality is worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but not great
    otis
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food at Seasonal was just ok, and given the price I was hoping for much more than that. Wiener Schnitzel which my friend ordered was not as good as what his Mom made at home. My spatzle dish was just ok, and so was the Austrian wine that was recommended (in our price range).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfied
    eat2live
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Excellent dining experience. Service was very good and the food was excellent. The chef made each course interesting and flavorful. I will certainly go back when in NYC.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vienna in NYC
    AnnieOpalVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I took my friend, who is a foodie, here for her birthday. We both enjoy Gruner Veltliner and there were three delicious ones (by the glass) to choose from. Mine was unfiltered -even better! The service was fantastic, they clearly wanted to please us. We only had apps (due to a large lunch), and they were interesting and tasty - white asparagus cooked to perfection, veal sweetbreads, pork belly and fava beans. Dessert was excellent - a crepe - and coffee was better than the one at my favorite cafe!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • edwin
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    In terms of the flavour of the food, it doesn't make sense that this restaurant isn't a Michelle starred restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our third visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We went once just because it was close by and sounded interesting. We liked it so much we went back a few days later. Once we made plans to return to the city, we immediately made a reservation to return. Excellent food, helpful staff, interesting wines.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walked right by.......
    GeordyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Slightly hidden on a block with lots of construction at the time. Then noticed the "B" rating..disturbing particularly with the construction! Bt was heading to theatre and friend was running late so went in..... Interesting menu, hard to choose ...lobster, egg, hen of woods starter was divine, spatzle tasty, good bread and spreads. Service started out great fell off a bit as it was not crowded and staff started talking amongst themselves..an unfortunate, common problem if owner or strong manager not present these days...bad enough that it disrupts service but I'd also prefer to hear my companion's conversation...not the servers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A caricature of Austrian cuisine
    Oldaustrian
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This restaurant is for those who don't mind spending a lot of money for tiny portions on huge plates. The Austrian (and German) style food has been channeled through the imagination of some chef here and bears only slight resemblance to the real thing. While stylish and quite tasty, it was by no means superior to genuine Austrian or German food, which tends to be simple and plentiful. I came with the expectation of eating the latter and thus was disappointed, despite the pleasant atmosphere and attentive service. Imagine being served two tiny squares of fish meat instead of the whole fish (as is customary in Austria) when ordering trout! This restaurant truly presents a caricature of Austro-German cuisine, albeit one by a good artist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed by small portions
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned high prices and small portions. The trout consisted of two tiny pieces (four bites). The split pea soup was a very small portion in a large bowl. When I complained about the portion of trout, I did get a dessert without charge. However the portions are really unsatisfactory and the waiter acknowledged that there had been complaints.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best of Viennese cuisine.
    wotaguy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The best of Viennese cuisine. It well deserves it's Michelin star!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seasonal was a great find
    ChrissieUK
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Seasonal was a great find while visiting New York, it makes a change from the numerous Italian restaurants in the neighbourhood. The food was fantastic and unusually light and tasty for Austrian/ German food. Great wine pairings and selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.