Wallsé

4.7
1425 reviews
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Wallsé, the flagship restaurant of Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, serves fine Contemporary, European Cuisine that reflects Kurt’s passion for aesthetics, taste, quality and seasonality, as well as his knowledge of modern and classic culinary techniques. Modern and minimalistic, Wallsé also delivers a new image of refined Austrian Cuisine. Characterized not only by incredible food and impeccable service, Wallsé is renowned for its extensive Austrian wine list.
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 and Contemporary, European Cuisine, has earned a coveted Michelin star rating.

Valentine's Day reservations are available on our website www.wallse.com.
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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Wallse and come here to celebrate all our special occasions!

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very approachable menu.
Mainstream, solid selection.

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NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal overall. The somelier in particular really knew his Austrian wines. Everyone was pleased from vegetarians to meat eaters. We will be back

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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FG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

ONE OF MY FAVORITE AND BEST RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK.

Francis Greenburger

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M
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot with fab food and one heck of a wine program.

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SA
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Wallse and I will certainly be going back. In a nutshell - excellent food, fresh, well prepared, presented well, excellent flavor, cooked perfectly. The craft cocktails are tasty and present well and the wine and beer is very good.

They also offer a fixed course menu so ordering a 2, 3 or 4 course meal is very easy - super convenient.

Tables are far enough apart that you can easily have a conversation with your own table and hear very well without straining.

We thought some of the pricing was a bit high (wines were expensive by the glass) but it was a small complaint in an otherwise super experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

So much posturing for bland food and fetiche austrian wines - who cares?

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening on the occasion of a birthday celebration. Delicious food and superb Austrian wine list. Outstanding service in a relaxed and quiet ambiance.

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A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Wallse about 2 times a year usually for a special occasion. Years ago, I thought the prices were very high so we limited our visits. Now, so many inferior restaurants are just as pricey that Wallse is a terrific place to dine more frequently. It is difficult to find Austrian cuisine in New York so Wallse is a treat.

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JW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've been to in many years. Fantastic food and service, and an very interesting menu. So quiet and calm, I almost forgot I was in NYC.

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MA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food as always.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New York has already a lot to offer, however true Austrian (and southern German) kitchen is hard to find. Wallsé is hitting this spot. Very nice atmosphere, paired with excellent food, wine and staff. We will come again!

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly staff, and good ambiance. Great place to talk.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special and delicious place! A longtime favorite!

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g
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places in NYC. True Austrian food and drink. Knowledgeable and accommodating staff. Can’t wait to go back for another schnitzel.

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MS
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in this one Michelin star gem that features authentic Austrian cuisine in a wonderful setting. Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner does a brilliant job of marrying ingredients in the most creative of ways and his staff are outstanding in every way. Benjamin, who is from Austria took us on a journey through his country during the meal, telling us delightful stories of his country’s culture and food. The meal was a complete success. We started with Arctic Char then moved to rabbit spatzle and chanterelle goulash for a trip into Austria itself. Both were beyond delicious and worked well together. Then, we opted for halibut and veal wiener schnitzel. The later was served with lingon berries. For dessert, we had a pear strudel and a salzburger nockerl which was a soufflé. All were incredibly good. Mary also had a wonderful wine pairing of her four dishes with all Austrian wines. In the end, visit this terrific restaurant next time you visit the city.

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wallsé has become one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food, service, and decor are all excellent. The decor is classy and cozy at the same time, the service was impeccable and thoughtful, the food sophisticated but filling. We plan to make it our special occasion restaurant.

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AU
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular food and service. The Austrian wine list is particularly delectable! Arguably one of our favorite NYC experiences for people who dine out a lot. Kudos to the chef and staff.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, great service. It’s on my favorite list for NY now.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Disappointing. Big lack of flavors. The signature dish was...vapid. Service was still very good.

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DF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance was good as always. We were a bit surprised at how expensive it wound up to be, with individual glasses of wine and desserts very pricey. Dinner for four was in excess of $500 which included four glasses of wine and two desserts, two courses per person.

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C
Jackson Hole
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unless you are a friend of the management, give this haughty and expensive place a pass.
We were left standing in the doorway for half an hour
Nowhere to sit
No drink offered
Our table had been ‘overbooked’
We were told it would be half an hour
After half an hour,
A large party arrived, was warmly greeted and seated right in front of us
BTW, we were booked, confirmed and reconfirmed for a family Birthday
We left.
Revien jamais.

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MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience. The price fixe menu is appropriately flexible with top notch presentation, and the wine choices are a treat for those looking for the very best range of gruner veltliner.

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WC
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wallse is consistently great. Excellent food, wine, and service in a relaxed but elegant surrounding.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always good...ALWAYS. Wallse never disappoints the service is friendly without being overbearing. The drinks are expertly crafted, make sure to peruse the cocktail menu, and the food is exceptional, the schnitzel, the duck, the spatzle there isn’t a bad option. Choose four courses, it’s worth it. The space and the art are wonderful and the overall experience can be capped off with a mozartkugel which will be remembered for quite a while.

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NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and had a great time. The food was delicious, service was impeccable and the wine was amazing.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

tasting menu was great, spaetzle overcooked, everything else was perfect

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F
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome menu also portions are large. Ambience is great and bar ample

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N
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food . The spatzle with rabbit is divine! We ate at the bar and service was great. She recommended a wondering dry reisling wine.

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MO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food.
Impecable service.
Not to be missed

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creative, Austrian themed food , was delicious. The wine list was incredibly comprehensive and included every Austrian wine there is! There were two very knowledgeable somaliers. The restaurant is lovely, with three separate rooms, which greatly helped the noise level. I enjoyed the Wiener schnitzel with an incredible potato salad and lingonberries. My husband had the steak, also very good. We shared a pear strudel, melt in your mouth. Definitely a return!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic and the smaller size of the restaurant facilitated service and quality of experience. Bar was nice before and after dinner. Only qualm is that they insisted on making old fashioneds with seltzer water. It’s a preference thing but still a thing...

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f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfection from atmosphere to food / wonderful to reconnect / will be back soon ‼️

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

It did not live up to its reputation, the price point or my past experience there. Waiter was friendly, but a bit inept - no spoon or sugar for iced tea, didn’t take empty plates away, etc.

Worst was that the Wiener Schnitzel was really tough. (You’d think they’d get THIS one right!) More than one table complained. The manager tried to be very gracious and adjusted the bill, but the damage was done.

I suspect management needs to pay a little better attention to what is going on in their multi-location empire.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a fantastic place to have dinner. One of the best dinner places in NYC

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Really fantastic and interesting food. Absolutely delicious. I do wish the wait staff was a little less uptight. Very serious - but maybe the vibe they are going for.

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JO
London
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was overall very good as was the service. We thought the corn soup with crab and the foie gras terrine were the highlights of the meal. The tarragon in the soup was pleasant and a great touch, you could taste sweet crab and it was not offset by the sweet summer corn. The foie gras was a very generous portion with fresh flavorful strawberries and light brioche. The Salzburger nokerl and schnitzel were also excellent (though a few large chunks of burnt sugar in the nokerl could have been avoided). The heirloom tomato starter with lobster was a bit of a miss, with good ingredients not coming together as one. Everything else was very good, but all with some slight issues, but the value was very good, $89 for four courses and a really nice $60 wine. However, I really felt that with just a few bits of greater attention to detail, Wallse would go from being a 'fantastic deal' to one of the best restaurants in town.

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V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pretty place. Excellent staff- so nice. Food was amazing but there was not enough of it despite having four courses. Summer menu - all was good. Tasting Menu- Pea Ravioli- very good. Lemon sole, good but portion was maybe 2 ounces. Foie gras- very good- good sized. If price isn't an issue, this is a great place to try. The portions are small but delicious.

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JG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One day, years from now, I will think back on this restaurant and smile. How can you not? This is easily one of the most wonderful places in Manhattan. No, it isn't brash. It isn't farm-to-table. It isn't something flashy. It is, rather, like your favorite cardigan sweater. It is comfy. It is delicious. And it is perfect.

Part of what makes Wallse perfect is its staff. The bar, with its adorable bartender, is a delight. The assistant sommelier, who may bend the ears of your neighboring table with the history of the Cistercian monasteries and their role on the homogenization of the grape varietals in their control, is gentle and assured in his craft. And the waiters are engaging, capable, and kind.

But really, you're here for the schnitzel, aren't you? Well, if you're not, you should be. And have some of the quark spaetzle on the side. I think Wallse's schnitzel, with its lingonberry goodness and erdapfel salat, could probably be a candidate for my last meal. Finish off with some sachertorte. And maybe a little nip of fruit schnapps.

I know that some day, Wallse will be gone; I am almost mourning this future loss today. But for now, get there and enjoy it. A restaurant with an amazing team, an amazing schnitzel, and you can actually hear your dinner guest without straining to hear. I think Wallse is perfection.

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