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“Outstanding decor, plain food. OK for drinks.”

Rolf's Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #9,692 of 14,530 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: German
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a family type restaurant in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan. We went with friends to celebrate the new year after making reservations. The decor is outstanding with plentiful christmas lights and decor, you almost need sunglasses. The feeling is warm and cozy, since the seats are small and you are forced to sit very close to each other. We liked the potato pancakes and the apple strudel was excellent, large, warm and yummy with lots of raisins and nuts; however the main course the schnitzels were tasteless, although my husband ordered the veal (spaetzel) and he liked it. Drinks were good but pricey. They charge 13$ for a beer and/or wine.

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1  Thank Maria M
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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Rushed, chaotic service. Went with friends and they rushed us all throughout the dinner. On top of it they charge you 20% service change for "large" parties (5 people).

Good for drinks to see the decor, there are many other good restaurants on the area.

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Thank Diterino
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

This was a great time during the Christmas season. Very festive which is what we loved. However after eating and drinking our fill we felt quite rushed. The waiter kept checking on us, to a point of frustration. Try it once then you're done. Or perhaps go for a beer during the holidays, just to enjoy the lights.

1  Thank Hutchinson W
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Yes, the place is a Christmas decoration wonderland but that's it. German it is definitely not. We had potato panckes, thick & tasteless. Did they ever hear ab. Putting onion in them?! German potato salad....really? I guess someone forgot to tell them to use vinegar! I had the schnitzel. Veal was good - spaetzel & string beas were cold. Spaetzel needed some hot gravy. My husband had sauerbraten - near faint taste of gingersnaps. The touch of Italian bread & olive oil was totally out of place! I couldn't stop thinking if a fire broke out we were going to die! Very crowded.....wondering how they are allowed to have that many people & all those decorations under fire code. Would hate it if that was to be my last meal. Avoid!

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1  Thank Pat K
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went to Rolf's in December specifically to see the amazing holiday decorations. Wow. Just wow. The whole place was covered in the most beautiful Christmas decor. The food was also absolutely delicious. The potato pancakes in particular were a must order and tasted like a real German treat.

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Thank Ashley N
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