Cervantes' Oyster Shack

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Speakeasy
Welcome to Cervantes' Oyster Shack & Bar at Café Select open everyday from 7 pm. Walk through our kitchen in the back and you will find this hidden gem! Try Cervantes' signature cocktails. We serve a variety of fresh oysters and seafood. We also offer our regular menu items from Cafe Select. Unfortunately due to our current POS system we can only take cash..
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Friday night date spot - fun, cozy, just loud enough to have a conversation

BD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun space! Quirky experience. Cheese plate was awesome. Highly do NOT recommend the mushroom spatzel. Friendly waitress/bartender. We were the first people there at 7:30 (open at 7).

DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

This was bad. Just a bad night out. Thought I was making a reservation for Cafe Select, had no idea I was really making a reservation for this dingy, crappy little “secret” room in the back of the restaurant. This could be cool, but the execution is very poor. They essentially took a storage room, and added a bar, some tables and some “decorations.” It smelled bad, and had the vibe of somebody’s “cool” basement in the suburbs. Also, they had the White Stripes blasting? Wtf is this 2006? Pass.

GH
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went on Feb 15th to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Friday, and it was the best experience. Even though we booked through OpenTable, it still felt like a speakeasy because of its location through the restaurant... the decorations were so fun- lots of ski/winter gear and signs, and the ambiance is romantic and lovely. It’s a cozy set up.
The waitress was super nice, answered any questions we had, and gave us recommendations when we asked. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco, a half dozen oysters, the white truffle oil cheese fondue, and we had the chocolate fondue for dessert. It was a ton of food and everything was amazing- really great quality and reasonably priced for how good it is! The cheese fondue was really big and delicious. Highly recommend the white truffle oil cheese fondue!
Loved our experience here. Definitely hope to come back for future special occasions!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambiance, loved the food, and loved our server.

CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The fact that they accept cash only, should be clearly communicated when you reserve the table. Food was delicious and ambience very nice.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved this place! The fondue was to die for - cash only though so definitely come prepared! Ambiance is super cool, but the space is small so best as a date spot!

CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

When we arrived at the restaurant they told us they could not find our reservation. Fine. When I showed the confirmed reservation on my phone they took our name down and told us the wait would be “5 minutes”. Five minutes turned into 40 minutes until we asked the hostess what the status was. They then informed us there was no table available for our original reservation and sat us in the main restaurant, not the back ski chalet area, with no apology or explanation. It’s fine if there was a glitch in the system, but we didn’t appreciate being lied to about the situation and being forced to wait an extraneous about of time when they knew they had no availability and when we could’ve easily gone to a different establishment instead of wasting an hour waiting for a nonexistent table.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend for dinner for his birthday and the ambiance was so cute! The cheese platter was delicious as an appetizer. We tried the seafood tower which at first, we thought was a little pricy but it was definitely worth it and filled the both of us as we shared it. We were satisfied and my boyfriend loved it as his gift.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food, service, music (background), ambiance! Was an amazing evening and have already told friends they should come here.

OM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Going through the restaurant and the kitchen to the secret back room was definitely fun.The fondue and the speakeasy ambiance were to die for. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Back room cramped and people coming in and out to the bar. Also draft from the door to the basement kept coming in.

Food was amazing, would just recommend getting fondue in the front (main) area

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This restaurant CONSISTENTLY overbooks reservations. It's happened three times to me that I've made a reservation and still had to wait 40 minutes for my table in the back because the party before isn't done. Clearly the restaurant does this on purpose to fill their own slots at the expense of their customer. Would not recommend.

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Ran out of fondue... on a Monday night... at 9pm. We got there about 10 minutes early for our reservation and waited at the bar while our table was getting prepared. We ended up waiting another 30 minutes for them to take us back to the Apres Ski Chalet room. Finally, after we sat down, our waitress came to tell us that they were all out of Fondue. Absolutely ridiculous. At least have the decency to let people know you're out of your MAIN & MOST FAMOUS ITEM before you make them wait 30 minutes past their reservation time.

FQ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. Never had such bad service in my life. The fondue came out wrong, and even the cook admitted that the fondue was made with too much liquor. The service was terrible, we ran out of bread and until we got the attention of the waiter, the fondue was burnt. What a waste of $65.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weekend trip to NYC must. The truffle cheese fondue in the back ski chalet was amazing. Very cozy. Cool disco music. It was an experience we will never forget.

E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Repas excellent, plats typiques suisses. Par contre serveur et serveuses extrêmement désagréable ! Quand on commandait qqch on aurait dit qu'on l'embêtait ! Nous a poussé vers la sortie avant même que l'on finisse nos verres afin de pouvoir caser d'autres clients à notre table. Très déçu car la première fois que j'y suis allée c'était super !

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a dozen oysters and the schnitzel, as well as the octopus salad. All delicious.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish it was just perfect. Our bartender was awesome, the food was excellent and the price point was perfect. Thank you!!

DB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for Fondue & Raclette. They no longer serve either. Very disappointing experience. Will not return.

W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall rating of 2 stars this time due to over crowding. I've been here before and the beauty of it comes from the cozy room made for about 4 tables of 2 total. Decided to take my friend here while visiting in town expecting the comfy semi private Swiss decor room only to find a party of 10 standing and taking up the entire space bumping into us and our table. All this plus a party of 4 and people at the bar. It did become a bit too cozy this time. Still good food and good service and I will be back.

W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was adorable and perfect for a quiet evening date. Great ambiance. Great food. Great drinks. The ski chalet is a small back room behind the kitchen which makes it feel like a little adventure to a semi- private VIP space with only 5 or so tables and a small bar. Super cool. Highly recommended.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The back room at Cafe Select is perfect for a charming, romantic date night. Would absolutely go back!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cozy and cool. speakeasy element leading to a small room, with kitschy "alps" decor that made one feel not fully teleported, but at least temporarily not in nyc. food: you had me at melted cheeses.

G
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I surprised my girlfriend with this restaurant on the day before Valentines and we had a really lovely time. The place is a weird mix between fancy and casual. Our waiter was relaxed but not slow, and incredibly helpful. I got the lobster salad, which happily had more lobster than we expected, even after our server told us that it has a surprising amount of lobster. She got the Spatzli with wild mushroom, which was insanely good. I would recommend either, or both.

The one disappointment was the raclette. If you're seeing raclette on the menu and expecting a big hunk of cheese to be melted onto your plate in front of you, you're out of luck. It arrives as two cut pieces of cheese already on a plate. It's delicious, but it's not what we expected.

All in all, we would both happily go back. It's a cool backroom area, we love the atmosphere and the food was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went there for Valentine's Day. Upon arrival we were walked through the kitchen and into what looked like a basement. It definitely didn't seem like a very legal setup. I would not recommend this place to anyone🤢.

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's a unique spot to dine. Friendly service and good food.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, even if the cheese in the Fondue was not the traditional recipe.
Unfortunately, service was very bad ...so you don't feel at all the "warm" atmosphere of a Swiss chalet.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was okay, I guess. The back room is awful, though. And the fondue wasn't anything special. Bathroom was disgusting.

AS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved walking through the kitchen to this adorable ski chalet! The music was so much fun and the wine selection was superb. We ordered the truffle fondue and it came with a huge basket of bread, a plate full of pears/apples/gherkins/zucchini/carrots, and decided to add the charcuterie plate. The bread was perfect for dunking into the warm, delicious cheese but I must say, the charcuterie with the fondue was a pleasant surprise! So good! We were offered more bread throughout the night, but we could barely finish the first basket! My only wish would be if they had slightly cooked potatoes to dip in the fondue :) but overall - everything was really fun and delicious!

CD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun place, a tiny back room that's got a kitschy but authentic vibe at the same time... Yummy wintery cocktails (especially the honey vodka) and Swiss wines (particularly the Petit Arvine) that went perfectly with the fondues. We ordered the truffle and house fondues which were super tasty (a little on the thin side) but served in the traditional Swiss fondue pot with baskets of perfect for swirling in melted cheese bread and a charcuterie plate and (less traditionally) a veg and fruit assortment for the fondue as well.....it was a great Geneva in Soho evening....

LB
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Had heard mixed reviews of this place and yearning for a ski shack similar to my ski team days in college, I needed to make my own decision. After dining there, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The fondue isn't the best I've had but it could have been a lot worse. The other small plates were great, including the escargot which was some of the best I've had. Additionally, the wine menu was pretty extensive and reasonably priced. It's nothing fancy and you may have to sit on a stool but its cool and quirky and I would highly recommend giving it a shot.

FD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was very good, but there was an stressful event when I checked in. The hostess told me that they couldn't give me my table because the place was booked for an event and if I wanted she would arrange a table in Cafe Select. She tried to convince me that it was an opentable mistake, but she was clearly lying or misinformed, because my guests were already seating on the table that I booked! What a shame... maybe she thought that they had given my table for a different person and she tried to fix it by lying to me!

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not sure what all of the hype is about, it's just a bar in the back of the kitchen. It's kind of cute but it's not going to blow you away. You can get the Fondue at Cafe Select, so there's no advantage of booking at Apres ski chalet other than walking through the kitchen to get there.
Saying that the fondue is tasty, and the cocktails were nice. But it was a bit on the expensive side.

LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

When I called to make the reservation, the reservationist was not very pleasant - he just said "BYEBYE" and hang up, without thanking. When we arrived, he couldn't find our reservation. You have to cross the kitchen. You end up in a very small room. Very small round table if you come with less than 4 people. Service was very bad (I imagine he was a bartender and not a server, as the room is very small) - one food menu for 4 people, and without the Fondue/Raclette menu (which, I guess, is exactly the reason why people want to go to "After Ski FONDUE Chalet"), he did not help us with fitting everything on this little table, he sent us back to the beginning of the restaurant to store our coats (which should be proposed by the host when you arrive). Raclette comes only as an appetizer (2 slice of cheese and 2 potatoes) which is quite disappointing. The music is terrible and very loud... The ambiance is weird. As I am from Switzerland, the Fondue is not the best I ever had. Spatzli were very good! I won't go back to the After Ski Chalet, but I might give a try to Cafe Select next time, it looked really nicer.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Ambiance! Delicious food! Travelled from Toronto and this place was recommended from another Torontonian who visited New York about a year ago. I've already told everyone I know about this hidden gem and encouraged them all to go check this one of a kind spot for themselves!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

No AC, so the space gets stuffy in the summer. The menu is also a bit different--fondue is only served in the fall, winter, and spring. The spätzle was good, and bratwurst was okay.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I am a bit disappointed of the decor of Après Ski and of the fondue. The fondue was expensive and was not enough for two people. Also the fondue was very chewy.

i
Manchester
28 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were visiting from the UK and had read about the 'secret fondu' at cafe select. It began so promisingly, a walk through the kitchens, a covert back room, dark and mysterious - very exciting! Then the 'experience' began. Despite booking weeks in advance and being the second couple in the restaurant, we were sat next to the store room door, cue an entire evening of kitchen staff constantly in and out of the door leaving a freezing draft in their wake every time! Then the fondu; the cheese was amazing, unfortunately the accoutrements to dip into the the fondu were like something from a Walmart price reduction cart! An entire loaf of bread (OK, fine, it's fondu) and then a plate of carrots, gherkins (awful) apples (!) etc. etc. The whole lot must have cost $3 seriously. This is not a gourmet experience it's a bit of comedy Schtick to impress visitors. If y our ever go back you know nothing about food!

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