Wallsé
Wallsé

Wallsé

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kg-ny.com/
  • Phone: 2123522300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Served Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, German, Austrian
  • Executive Chef: Kurt Gutenbrunner (chef/owner)
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Share Wallsé's incredible cuisine at your next event! Please contact Abigail Llido for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Wallsé is available for private rental and large parties. Our back-room seats up to 40 ppl and can be rented privately for a brunch or dinner celebration. The full restaurant is also available for private rental and can seat up to 75 ppl. Our planner can accommodate all of your event needs including food, wine, flowers and menus!
  • Private Party Contact: Abigail Llido, Abigail@wallse.com 212-352-2300x12
  • Special Events: Wallsé is available for large, non-private group dinners as well as for private rental. Please contact Abigail Llido for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 11th, corner of Washington
  • Public Transit: Subway: A,C,E,L to 14th Street.
    1.9 to Christopher Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Wallsé
Wallsé, the flagship restaurant of Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, serves fine Austrian cuisine that reflects Kurt’s passion for aesthetics, taste, quality and seasonality, as well as his knowledge of modern and classic culinary techniques. Characterized not only by incredible food and impeccable service, Wallsé is also renowned for its extensive wine list curated by Wine Director Leo Schneemann.

The restaurant mixes an early 20th century Austrian minimalist setting with works by contemporary artists, such as Julian Schnabel and Albert Oehlen. Gutenbrunner’s innovative menu, which showcases different variations of traditional Viennese cuisine, has earned a two-star rating from the New York Times and a coveted Michelin star rating.
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Wallsé reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (36)notable wine list (31)romantic (30)great for outdoor dining (9)great for lunch (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • great taste menu
    loveliuliu
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We spent 2 hours in a cozy conner of this restaurant for its wonderful taste menu and glasses of great wine. I really want to recommend this restaurant for its food, atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vijay168
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent and creative food with friendly service. Just one very minor flaw; butter was served cold rather at room temp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Perfect
    BKOK
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I reserve Wallse for special nights and it always makes them extra-special. My friend and I needed a comfortable & quiet place to catch up. We sat for hours at a corner table while beautiful & delicious autumnal treats appeared at the table. Don't miss out on the specialty cocktails, but do be cautious.....you could easily overdo because they go down so easily. I grew up with this cusine but Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner takes it to a whole other level. Fall is a wunderbar time to go.......wish that I could join you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food always terrific and service impeccable without being stuffy or pretentious. A real favorite in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative dining
    GenussatWallse
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great Owners and what a great Chef - what a great Team. There are places you remember the ambiance, the view, the interio - At Wallsé you will find the perfect surrounding with excellent and creative food. One of the best European/ Austrian kitchen - you´ll hardly find in Europe
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday at Wallse and had a great time. The staff were very friendly and helpful all the way from reservation over the phone to table service, they even made a special BD cake for my husband! we had to change the time of our reservation and Open Table wouldn't let me do it online so I ended up calling the restaurant directly. Food was excellent too. All in all an excellent evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small gem
    JJJJerseyCity
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is a great West Village gem. It's slightly off the beaten path, so there's not a lot of people walking by outside. The wait staff is very attentive. The food is superb. Definitely one of NYC's better restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Bad Service
    NKNYVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was incompetent. The restaurant has a very small menu and on a Friday night one of the five starters was missing which they decided to tell us 20 minutes after we had already ordered so more than half the table had to change their order. It took 2 hours for them to prepare the food. At some point we just wanted to leave. Maybe it was just a bad day for the restaurant.. The food was very good, even though it took some time to get to the table.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • A stalwart
    SharkieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have a fondness for Wallse. The room is fun - simultaneously cozy, romantic and artsie. Menu options, albeit limited, are delightful. They have a notable german/austrian-centric wine list -- perhaps the best in NYC and staff are well versed in the wine characteristics. I dine here often and rarely encounter an off-night. Not especially cheap, but great value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    a special romantic place with extraordinary ambience and service. a creative menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How did Michelin give these a star
    Uppereastfoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Salad had so many pine nuts in it you could not taste anything else. The Wiener Schnitzel (I mean even I make it better) was actually Soggy on the bottom and chewy !! That is VERY hard to do. The desert was actually tasteless. They can just buy that . There are so many great bakeries in NY. I am not sure who writes these reviews ,but they must be from out of town. Of course I won't go back.
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  • 5 Course Tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The "5 Course Tasting" was so tasty. The compilation of the different food courses at this tasting menu is really excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocoloco
    cocolocoVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed a few quiet moments in New York City when everyone is away (Labor Day weekend) at Wallse. We had a five course tasting menu, which we turned in to six courses because when one goes to Wallse, one must have spaetzel. We adored every bit of it, with the exception of the lamb, which we liked but did not love. Our server/sommalier was gracious, attentive and thoughtful (flexibility with the tasting menu when it came to allowing us to enjoy different desserts). We only go there for very special occasions and our meal there was in itself a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was spectacular.
    tooffairy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I walked in and immediately felt under dressed as we are used to "California casual." If this bothered the staff they made no notion of it. Service and food were amazing. I am very sad I happen to live on the west coast and can not frequent Wallse more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    KDBD
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The menu is quite unique and the food was delicious -- loved the seafood options and my husband loved the meats. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and we are now planning our vacation to Austria to find more of this delicious food. It was our 1st anniversary and maybe it will become a tradition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Austrian Wallse Continues to Wow
    Irishfe53VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Another memorable early dinner before going to the Village Vanguard for the first set. Pleasant welcome. Sat in the rear larger room which we especially like. Excellent bar tender. Guest raved about her Sazerac. Wallse proudly specializes in Austrian wines but does offer some alternatives including a good bottle of Ridge chardonnay. Cold pea soup amuse bouche was a lovely way to start. Guest enjoyed oysters and a second appetizer which included spaetzle. Older traditionalist raved about his foie gras appetizer with mini brioche and wiener schnitzel. The three of us shared rich Mozart chocolate and beautifully prepared light Salzburger nockerl desserts. We want to return for the 5-course tasting menu where every dish is appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wunderbar!
    NewYorkAllan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely late-night dinner here a few eves ago. The exterior of Wallse is magical, featuring potted branches/shrubs festooned with thousands of tiny lights. Indoors we found terrific, superbly prepared food (try the lambchops; they're simply amazing), great service, relaxing atmosphere. Delectable wine selections too, and perfect recommendations from our waiter. A win-win-win all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • West village gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food. Weiner schnitzel is addictive. Also the spaetzle and save room for the Vanilla Napoleon with strawberries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent and delightful place for a quiet dinner. All of the courses were delicious plus an interesting selection of Austrian wines. Service was first rate. The pea soup with lobster ravioli and red beet terrine were particularly tasty. Allow time for a leisurely meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent food and service
    bd1976
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Always a great meal here. What's not to like. Pricey, but not stuffy or intimidating. The beet terrine was a delicious surprise, and the mozart kugel was a sumptuous take on the much-loved confection.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as I remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We came here for the first time several years ago and were blown away by the ambience, the service and the creative menu. We recently hosted a dinner for six and, although it was good, it was not great. My halibut was dry, and others in our party didn't finish their meals, indicating they weren't all that happy either. It was expensive, even by NY standards.
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  • I'm still dreaming about my lobster
    merlineats
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    When we arrived at Wallse at 7pm on a Monday evening, it was empty, and I was worried. Granted, it wasn't a popular restaurant night, and it was early, but we were the only diners in the room... not a good sign. But my worries were allayed when I tasted the food. I didn't order the staples-- no weiner schnitzel!-- but my tomato and peach salad was delicate and flavorful, and my lobster with cherries and Fava beans was spectacular. I demolished it and sopped up the sweet sauce with my bread. Service was excellent, the Gruner we ordered crisp and terrific. Other diners began to arrive by 7:30, but the room never got too noisy. And by the time we left, the room was at least half full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • MnnyloVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wallse is a West Village treasure and our meal was as great as always.
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  • Disappointing and overpriced
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    After spending over $420 for three mundane overpriced dishes and a flavorless dessert, we decided to stay for one extra drink. And was then dropped a separate bill for $18.00. It should have been complimentary. The entire experience was disappointing and we will not return.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    kk5160
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wallse is worth the trip out to the outer reaches of west village. Exceptional experience far from the noise and rush of more trendy places. This is the place to go for a real dining experience downtown. Arrived on time, decided to have a drink at the bar first. There was no rush to seat us at the table to get us out within two hours which is more typical for restaurants of this caliber. It helps to be a little out of the way I suppose. As such, I can imagine it easy to reserve a table for large groups. Perfect noise level for actually conversing over a meal, even on a Friday night. They have sidewalk seating too.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Especially fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Wallse is exceptional. The food is innovative, very well presented and very, very good. The service is professional: everyone is happy and able to do their job with the correct balance of friendliness and decorum. We asked to have our wine paired with the food and what an excellent job was done. Each time we enjoy dining at Wallse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was outstanding, the service was excellent,
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    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sudsrich
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food is sensational. Flavor combinations only a great chef would think of. The wine list is heavily Austrian, which makes sense since the restaurant is Austrian. During this summer a must is the heir loom tomatoes and peach salad. Who would have put those flavors together? Also, someone in the kitchen know how to cook fish. Next visit, we'll try the meat side of the menu. Sunday lunch for $39, what could be better. Finish the afternoon with a stroll on the Highline. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • michaelVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    really charming and excellent neighborhood place excellent deserts
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 861 reviews are from the Wallsé reviews archive.
  • Great Austrian restaurant
    gbacVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everything is very good, great service, but if you don't like Austrian wine you are in trouble, lack of choice of wine from any other part of the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    1foodforthought
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    There were four people dining and everyone's dish was delicious
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OatmealVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Excellent fresh food with inventive menu Quiet for a Monday night Expensive but worth it Elegant art filled setting
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • sophisticated and fresh as ever
    musicdocVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wallse has been around a while, and I checked in recently to find each dish as fresh and well conceived as the first time. There's a great kitchen with the highest standards that reinterprets some of the staples of Vienna with the viewpoint of a master chef. If you are looking for Grandma's cooking from the "old country", this is definitely not it.......it is something transcendent, yet familiar, with amazing wines and extraordinary service tossed in as an extra. The chef's take on a "Mozart Kugel" is breathtaking; you've got to know what the famous candy tastes like in the first place and marvel at how faithful and entertaining the little prize becomes as your last morsel of a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upperwestsider
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was delicious, but but the portions were tiny. I left the restaurant starving, and that was after filling myself with bread. Both of the asparagus appetizers (I had one, my husband had the other) consisted of two measly stalks -- and asparagus is in season! I can't imagine why they were so ungenerous with this humble vegetable. The Wiener Schnitzel should have been called Tinier Schnitzel.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Lovely Restaurant
    AEP26
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We enjoyed a very peaceful, sophisticated brunch on an early Sunday afternoon. The food (prix fixe, three course brunch) was wonderful. There was a very nice selection of items in all categories, the food was delicious and beautfully presented, and the wait staff was very accomodating. We will return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good. Nothing else.
    Adbeny
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    In general, less than expected. It was not a real Austrian Spaetzel.
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  • Absolutely lovely
    PinkMarshmallow
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My experience at Wallse couldn't have been any more wonderful. The cocktails I ordered were very tasty, the food was fantastic (really interesting haute cuisine takes on traditional Austrian cuisine), and the service was perfect. My sister and I decided to visit Wallse during our weekend trip to NYC as an early nod in honor of Father's Day (our Viennese father passed away in September), and it was the best choice we made our whole trip. Thank you Wallse!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This all-in Austrian restaurant is a gem for sure. Excellent and attentative service. The food was magnificent and the wine pairing too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We mentioned to the maitre d' (I think he was) that we were soon traveling to Austria. It turned out that he was from Vienna, where we're headed. He wrote a list of Viennese restaurants for us when he had time while we were eating. Very thoughtful and above and beyond what we expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RoostVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Creamed spinach, rabbit spatzle and boston lettuce with pumpkin oil / seeds were amazing as always. Can't wait to return!
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