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Wogies: Brief Review

dkstar1 Apr 24, 2006 11:16 AM

After a few beers in the neighborhood (w/ my wife's coworkers for Happy Hour), we decided to search for some food.

We quickly came upon Wogies, and having read positive reviews (some going as far as saying the best in NYC), we felt that this would sate our appetites.

If this is the best cheesesteak in Manhattan, I will not be trying any of the others. It was edible - and relatively tasty but a far cry from what I've gotten down the shore or made in my own kitchen.

The fries were really bad (cardboard flavor), service was pretty bad (20+ minutes for 2 cheesestakes despite a nearly empty restaurant) and the cheesesteaks themselves were less than desirable.

Link: http://www.bigapplediningguide.com

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    Guillermo Apr 24, 2006 11:37 AM

    Thanks for the up to date review. I haven't been to Wogies in over a year, so I'm disappointed to hear that the quality has gotten so poor. However, I appreciate being forewarned.

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    1. re: Guillermo
      dkstar1 Apr 24, 2006 11:40 AM

      If you've never had a cheesesteak before...you'd probably kinda like it.

      But if you know a great cheesesteak...you will certainly be disappointed.

      I don't necessarily like a lot of grease on my cheesesteak...but I like some. This was dry as a bone.

      1. re: dkstar1
        Wilfrid Apr 24, 2006 11:59 AM

        Yes, dry and flavorless on my one visit. Had better cheesesteaks in airport bars.

        1. re: dkstar1
          Guillermo Apr 24, 2006 12:56 PM

          I went to school in Philly, so I've had a range of cheesesteaks from greasy to dry. I remember Wogies' version being dry, which is my preference. However, I tend to place high trust in your reviews, so I'm going to factor that into my future cheesesteak decision making.

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        Kimberly Apr 24, 2006 11:45 AM

        Thanks for the heads up. Anyone try the wings? Had heard some good reviews, and I wanted to try them. Thanks!

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        1. re: Kimberly
          rolypoly Apr 24, 2006 11:49 AM

          never had their cheesesteaks, but i really like their wings. sauce is made with habanero. spicy!

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          a&w Apr 24, 2006 12:09 PM

          Agreed--I just don't get the appeal of Wogie's cheesesteaks.

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            jon Apr 24, 2006 01:17 PM

            i dont like their cheesesteaks either, but their wings are pretty good. we always get them for superbowl.

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            1. re: jon
              bml Apr 24, 2006 04:00 PM

              Their wings are good and always spicier than I think they are going to be. I agree that the cheesesteak isn't the best but my friends from Philly who are partial to chicken cheese steaks swear by Wogies.

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              rose Apr 24, 2006 04:42 PM

              Wogies cheesesteaks are not very good. I love thier wings and waffle fries though. Were those the fries that you had? I haven't been there in a couple months and it seems from your review that the service has gone downhill which is very unfortunate as my boyfriend and I love the place. Your review has prompted me to make an effort to get back there and check it out for myself. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience as I am one of the people that consistently recommend it for good wings. But no matter how good the wings are bad service can kill the meal.

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                mickmickmick Jan 8, 2007 12:24 AM

                This place is so nasty in every way. The management is rude, the neighbors hate the place and the food is the equivalent of airport dining. The place is gross. Why anyone would eat here with so much great food in the neighborhood is a total mystery.
                Better good and cheap recommends nearby:
                Corner Bistro, Sapore, The Sandwich Shop, and this very cute indian place across the street.

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                  joneze Jan 21, 2007 10:14 PM

                  The cheesesteak at Wogies is awful; anybody who thinks Wogies is good would probably be just as happy with dog excrement slabbed between cheese and bread

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                    mitsy4400 Jan 21, 2007 10:19 PM

                    Ah Wogies. I don't do the cheesesteak but I'll do the wings...plus I've kind of got a loyalty to those guys since about a year ago when I was bartending in the East Village the staff there were my favorite customers .... hmm...guess I'm biased. Anyone know if Stu is still behind the bar?

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                      the save Jan 30, 2007 10:30 AM

                      Tried Tony Lukes? I thought they were the best cheesesteaks in NYC but who knows (ie best darkstars were with Branford!)

                      1. dkstar1 Jan 30, 2007 10:36 AM

                        The guys from Tony Lukes, btw, are really cool. Their cheesesteaks are pretty good too. Personally, I have yet to find one in NYC that is worth spending the money on. I make much better ones in my own kitchen. Having worked the grill in a sub shop on the Jersey shore, I'm fairly well skilled at it.

                        And yes, both Dark Star and Eyes of the World were best performed when Branford was in the mix. See "Without a Net" for a perfect example of the latter. :)

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                          klaw07 Jun 7, 2011 08:42 AM

                          Wogie's is solid, but as others have mentioned - Shorty's is the best in the city

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