Cervantes' Oyster Shack
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.
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!
We loved the ambiance, loved the food, and loved our server.
The fact that they accept cash only, should be clearly communicated when you reserve the table. Food was delicious and ambience very nice.
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!
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.
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.
Great experience, food, service, music (background), ambiance! Was an amazing evening and have already told friends they should come here.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
We had a dozen oysters and the schnitzel, as well as the octopus salad. All delicious.
From start to finish it was just perfect. Our bartender was awesome, the food was excellent and the price point was perfect. Thank you!!
Went for Fondue & Raclette. They no longer serve either. Very disappointing experience. Will not return.
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.
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.
The back room at Cafe Select is perfect for a charming, romantic date night. Would absolutely go back!
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.
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.
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🤢.
It's a unique spot to dine. Friendly service and good food.
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.
It was okay, I guess. The back room is awful, though. And the fondue wasn't anything special. Bathroom was disgusting.
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!
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....
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Great food and service!
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.
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.
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!
Food is amazing and so much fun with a group of friends!
We ordered the Octopus Salad, Beer Cheese Fondue, and Spatzli with Wild Mushrooms, and LOVED all three of them. Really cool ambiance. Our server was attentive and helpful, but not on top of us, which was great. We plan to go back, and would definitely recommend to friends too!