We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Sweet Christmas”

Rolf's Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #8,404 of 13,763 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: German
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
Union City, New Jersey, United States
Level 6 Contributor
807 reviews
542 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Sweet Christmas”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

Come here once for the ludicrous Christmas decor, but you won't feel a need to return. The heat is cranked up way too high to be comfy, the staff is surly, except for the friendly bouncer, the drinks are ridiculously overpriced, and the wait is uncessary. The beer, for a German restaurant is pretty poor I'm selection. The gluhwein (mulled, spiced wine) was pretty good but a single glass and a beer cost $30. The wait for the bar on a Sat was 30 min and another hour for a table. Even still, it was way too crowded. The ambiance is like you are inside a Christmas tree and makes the visit worth it, but probably only once.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank Tyler L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

177 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    32
    48
    33
    31
    33
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome German Food”
Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very good food. A bit pricey which i was slightly surprised about. The waiter kinda hustled us out since it was later in the night. Oh well. I enjoyed it and the atmosphere is very neat with the lights and decorations.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank Mikeyya2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Outstanding decor, plain food. OK for drinks.”
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.

  • Visited January 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Maria M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great decor(Christmas Wonderland) good food marred by Poor Service.”
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.

  • Visited January 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Diterino
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stamford, United States
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun & Festive but forced”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited December 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Hutchinson W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Rolf's Bar & Restaurant also viewed

 
New York City, NY
 

Been to Rolf's Bar & Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing