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Wassail

4.4
4.4
111 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub

Wassail is a cider-focused restaurant and bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Its beverage program features an extensive selection of apple-based cocktails, as well as 90+ ciders on draught and by-the-bottle.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Hours of operation

    Tuesday to Thursday: 5pm to midnight
    Friday: 5pm to 2am
    Saturday: noon to 2am
    Sunday: noon to midnight
    * Kitchen is open from 5:30-11pm daily

    HAPPY HOUR:
    Monday to Friday: 5pm to 7pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 3pm to 5pm

    LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR:
    Sunday to Thursday: 10pm-midnight

  • Phone number

    (646) 918-6835

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Kindly send your request to info@wassailnyc.com with the following information:<br />Host name;<br />Email address;<br />Phone#;<br />Date of event;<br />Start and end times;<br />and # of guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Stanton & Rivington

  • Parking details

    BY CAR:<br />There is a parking lot on Essex between Rivington and Delancey on the west side of the street. Otherwise, limited street parking is available on Orchard Street. Please note that Orchard Street is closed to vehicular traffic every Sunday.<br /><br />BY BIKE:<br />There are two Citi Bike stations nearby:<br />On Allen between Houston and Stanton<br />On Allen between Rivington and Delancey

  • Public transit

    F train: Exit at the 2nd Avenue stop<br />JMZ trains: Exit at the Delancey/Essex stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. YC

    YolandaC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The most knowledgeable cider experts I have ever met. These guys have a true passion for artisanal cider!

  2. KD

    KunalD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    This was a great place for an early (6:30pm) business dinner because we could talk and catch up, and then by 7 or 8pm it got moderately busy and full of life!

  3. g

    globalcitizen

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Good stuff is the brussels sprouts with honey. Stupid is the absence of cola drinks as mixers for basic drinks and cocktails. Lots of cider and beer choices. In general terms, I found the choices in this place too limited for a friends get-together.

  4. I

    Ionnise

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I went to Wassail last year around this time as it was a vegetarian restaurant with a great cider menu. I returned this year to enjoy some more vegetarian food and cider but to my surprise found it was no longer a vegetarian restaurant. While the ciders were really good, the entrees were no where near as compelling as their vegetarian counterparts and the selection was very limited. Only four entrees to chose from; we had the weisswurst and it was a little bland. The anchovy crostini was good; some of the other appetizers were ok but the star was the cider rather than the food and were were hoping for food equal to the cider. Bring back the vegetarian!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellent service. Great and unusual food. The best choice of hard cider

  6. C

    Carrie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cider flights were fun to try, and the food was truly outstanding. Good value for an excellent meal, in a beautifully decorated space.

  7. MK

    MKSJ

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great cider menu! Also enjoyed their cocktails. The food was delicious. We loved it all. Nice cozy pretty bar.

  8. C

    Carmen

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Aside from the stracciatella cheese appetizer, the food was surprisingly underwhelming. It's so disappointing because the decor and ambience is perfect. You can tell a lot of thought and care was put into designing the space. Of course, the selection of ciders is great. Would not recommend eating here, but happy hour and drinks is a must.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food taste good. However, Options are limited.

  10. H

    Hello

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    overall3food1service3ambience4

    I was APPALLED by how SWEET most of the food was and 'ESPECIALLY APPALLED' by pork loin 'white sauce'... Just totally off... will not go back. Wow, I was surprised how terrible the food was and totally different from the pictures on their website. Pork belly appetizer was totally dried up and flat... just not good...

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place. The waitstaff is lovely and the ciders and food were amazing. We can't wait to go back.

  12. B

    Binky

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    According to Wikipedia, wassailing "is Medieval drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year." And Wassail incorporates some of that Medieval-ness both into the food (the Buckwheat Galette with Roasted Foraged Mushrooms) and the decor (the leather straps supporting the lights above the bar). While other gastropubs tend to be a little samey, Wassail is innovating by looking backwards. You won't find any foams or smears here. But you WILL find Smoked Duck Breast and Crispy Black Rice and Chorizo & Cranberry Beans served with Charred Bread. This is delicious, robust, hearty stuff–perfect for rainy days and wintry evenings (especially when paired with one of their hot mulled ciders). Just excellent.

  13. JR

    JRolz

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Nice but way overpriced

  14. P

    Pumpkin09

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Even though there was a very limited menu, the food was not terrific. We ordered about half the items listed and it was all mediocre. Our experience was also highly colored by the service. Our hostess and server were absent and inattentive and kept trying repeatedly to take dishes away from us that we were still munching on. All in all I would not revisit.

  15. f

    funfoodie

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! Delicious food and really nice service.

  16. EM

    EMarais

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, and the cider selection is unmatched. Staff was knowledgeable and gracious, despite a late party member and lingering at the table on a Saturday night. Our second visit and we're so glad to see it's still growing strong!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    High quality food at a very reasonable price. Highlights include the weisswurst, the black rice, the duck, and the steak for 2. Exceptional cider list with ~12 on draft and ~50 by the bottle.

  18. K

    Kiran

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we ordered was delicious. We celebrated a birthday and had a lot of fun!

  19. S

    Sooz

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Ooh, disappointing. The menu used to be all vegetarian but now it's pretty meaty, especially the entrees. The lone meatless entree was a black rice dish, which was served lukewarm. The restaurant itself was cold, too; I ate with my coat on. Weirdly, both my original fork and its replacement had bent tines. Service was good, as was the cider, but I won't be back in a hurry.

  20. PT

    PatrickT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Greatfoodandcider. Greatservice. Greattime. Ihighlyrecommend Wassail.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Atmosphere is on point for going to dinner with friends. The duck breast is phenomenal.

  22. K

    Kaye

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    The food was good enough (not creative or interesting, but mostly tasty). The extreme and unapologetically slow service overshadowed the meal, however.

  23. J

    Justaboat

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice spot, great cider. Very accommodating management.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    The food used to be so much better when it was all vegetarian. I honestly used to rave about the food at Wassail NYC whenever I was with other industry folks, or out in SF, or anywhere else. But the food now was so meh :( And the service was poor. They had the AC up and windy. They re-issued a new receipt for a birthday cake. And they picked up and took plates away before asking if anyone wanted to finish the expensive food. Very disappointed and will no longer be recommending Wassail or coming back. Only good thing was the Mezcal cocktail: The Love Bird

  25. b

    betty69

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our experience at Wassail. Limited menu but delicious food. Fun drinks. Amazing cider selection. Definitely recommend!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Food was okay. A few more options on menu would be better. Also, water pitchers were served warm which is kinda odd.

  27. BC

    BoraC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food here is consistently good. Ciders are great!! The waiters and waitresses are pleasant and know what they're talking about.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great steak and cider. They accommodated a large party with very short notice. Staff was awesome. Would recommend this place to anyone

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Most excellent

  30. j

    jaded

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Go for the ciders, that's the draw. There were some very special vegetarian dishes (meaning the seasonings and herb combinations were very creative. We had every vegetarian dish that was offered from appetisers, sides and mains.

  31. J

    Jake

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Seemed slightly pretentious, but not more than you'd expect from a cider bar. The food was very good, the ciders weren't really anything to write home about.

  32. MA

    MARKZ

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They made terrific food and cider recommendations. The American cider flight was exceptional! They really know their cider.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Though no longer a vegetarian restaurant, which was surprising and disappointing, the food was very good. There was also a great variety of ciders about which the staff were very knowledgeable.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really good food and very interesting natural cider list.

  35. BH

    BaaaaH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The best thing about this place is that the menu of ciders and extraordinary vegetarian plates changes regularly, with the seasons, even week by week. You can discover the whole range of what cider can be from the extremely knowledgeable cider director and the friendly, passionate staff. You may think the place is about cider, but once you've eaten there, you'll realize it is actually about the food (that goes so well with the cider).

  36. R

    Regina

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    My evening here with friends was wonderful. The waitress could have been more attentive but otherwise I would definitely still come back and recommend this place to friends and family (which I already have).

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    There were 12 of us total, they set up a special menu just for us and took care of us, working with individual dietary restrictions, what I like, etc. The server was sweet, the food was great, and everyone (even meat-eaters) left happy and full. Great time!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    So great to sample the cider flights and get introduced to the cider world. The food choices were all great. Will be returning for sure!

  39. v

    vegtraveler

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Amazing vegetarian food in a casual but hip spot. We took my partners patents out for a celebration dinner and they loved it. The server was great at explaining the different dishes and what was vegan vs vegetarian. Everyone loved their meals The lasagna was amazing!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Our speaker was very difficult to understand - a low-taking mumbler. The desserts were underwhelming.

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  • Cross street

    Stanton & Rivington

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Tuesday to Thursday: 5pm to midnight
    Friday: 5pm to 2am
    Saturday: noon to 2am
    Sunday: noon to midnight
    * Kitchen is open from 5:30-11pm daily

    HAPPY HOUR:
    Monday to Friday: 5pm to 7pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 3pm to 5pm

    LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR:
    Sunday to Thursday: 10pm-midnight

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    BY CAR:<br />There is a parking lot on Essex between Rivington and Delancey on the west side of the street. Otherwise, limited street parking is available on Orchard Street. Please note that Orchard Street is closed to vehicular traffic every Sunday.<br /><br />BY BIKE:<br />There are two Citi Bike stations nearby:<br />On Allen between Houston and Stanton<br />On Allen between Rivington and Delancey

  • Public transit

    F train: Exit at the 2nd Avenue stop<br />JMZ trains: Exit at the Delancey/Essex stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (646) 918-6835

  • Catering

    Kindly send your request to info@wassailnyc.com with the following information:<br />Host name;<br />Email address;<br />Phone#;<br />Date of event;<br />Start and end times;<br />and # of guests.

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