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Jul 24, 2006 09:47 PM

Danube or Wallse?

Any preferences amongst the group? Not necessarily for "authenticity", but more for overall quality/taste of food...I have a reservation at both, and I can't decide between the two.

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  1. Love both about the same. Just slightly different experiences. Danube is more formal (though not stuffy) and exotic (Austrian, which is my favorite cuisine--though many dishes are more Eclectic/Continental)while Bouley is more romantic and cozy. If it's your first time for both, I would give an edge for Bouley. But--make sure you stop by Danube for a drink (Danube cocktail--Austrian sparkling wine with elderflower syrup) before dinner. Nice compromise--and you can sneak a peak at the city's most gorgeous dining room on the way to their restroom.

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    1. re: eve

      interesting...I had sparkling wine with elderflower syrup at Blue Hill @ Stone Barns last night. It was wonderful. I finished (an incredible meal as usual) with elderflower tea...which was far different an experience. Ever have it? It tastes and smells like rye toast! Bizarre, but good.

      1. re: dkstar1

        I will look for it and also inquire at Danube--makes sense that they should offer it too. Thanks.

    2. I've only been to Wallse...but I'd highly recommend it.

      1. So rhapsodic is Eve about Bouley's cooking that she turned Wallse into Danube. Easy mistake!

        I think Danube over Wallse, although the latter is certainly good. But nothing beats the drama of the room in Danube, and like Eve, the elderflower 'cocktail' is a fabulous way to start an evening.

        - Sean

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        1. re: Sean Dell

          Got me!!! Sooo embarassed. Yes, it did misread the original posting. So, let me update my answer:

          I do enjoy both but again, Danube has the edge for overall experience. I choose Wallse when I want a very casual version of Danube. Depends on the mood/occasion. I almost want to recommend Wallse as an intro to Danube. (Don't tell Kurt G or David B I said that.)

        2. I ate one of the worst meals I have eaten in Manhattan at Wallse. I like THOR; have not tried Danube. Maybe it was an off night, but I liked nothing about the place. Service was fine, wine was fairly poor, but decor and food were both horrible. For the money, actually, it probably WAS the worst meal I have eaten in Manhattan. We tried some of the "signature" apps and even they were not awe-inspiring. Both entrees were inedible. But as you see, it has its partisans. I suspect Danube is much nicer, and I would certainly be willing to give it a try.

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          1. re: jonasblank

            Oddly enough, I had a mediocre experience at THOR. The food was okay at best, service was atrocious ("sorry, our pastry chef went home so we won't be able to get you your dessert orders") and remarkably uncomfortable from the overbearing heat (this was in the winter and the heat was way high) and noisy (the wall we sat against had a heating/A/C unit on the other side). I also think the room (wallpaper in particular) is ugly.

            1. re: dkstar1

              I thought the food at THOR was the highlight; frat party atmosphere at the bar was not. I suppose I'd like the room better if it weren't so loud (I heard only screaming drunk people on a Tuesday night, not the AC). I would still say that compared to Wallse, THOR is currently Gutenbrunner's better place.

          2. Thanks everyone. One more question - one of the diners isn't very "adventurous", which is why I was leaning towards Wallse (the online menu seemed to have more choices for her). Based on your feedback though, now I'm leaning towards Danube. I looked at that menu online as well and I think there's some decent non-Austrian choices for her, but can someone who's eaten there confirm that?