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What do you guys think of Wallse?

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PeteM Nov 2, 2007 09:16 AM

Let's say you have to entertain a foodie (chowhound, indeed) couple, you want nice / classy atmosphere, and you want to stay below midtown, where would you go?

Food over atmosphere, if you have to choose. And price is no object.

Is Wallse a good choice? What other choices do I have?

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  1. MMRuth RE: PeteM Nov 2, 2007 09:17 AM

    I very much like Wallse and enjoy the Austrian wine list. Annisa is another option.

    Old review of Wallse - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/227674

    There was a recent nice piece about it in the NYT as well - not a Bruni review, though.

    1. financialdistrictresident RE: PeteM Nov 2, 2007 09:36 AM

      Have not been to Wallse. Just tried Danube (it's atmosphere/service over food).

      Allen & Delancey just opened. I have not received any responses to my inquiry on this board re: food, etc. I hope to go soon.

      Degustation (the open kitchen/bar seating is best for one or two so if you are entertaining this might not be a good choice). There are several threads. We really enjoyed our meals.

      Blue Hill? I have not been. Bouley (I have not been in ages).

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        PeteM RE: PeteM Nov 2, 2007 10:27 AM

        So everyone thinks that Annisa is a better choice?

        1. ellenost RE: PeteM Nov 2, 2007 11:05 AM

          Wallse is an excellent choice. For a bit more upscale, you might also try Bouley.

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            rrems RE: PeteM Nov 2, 2007 11:15 AM

            Wallse is nice, but if price is not a problem, I think you can do much better. If you want something in the village, I would choose Annisa or Cru. The food at Annisa is interesting and the atmosphere is cozier, Cru is more formal but I find Cru more exciting because they give you more canapes and amuses and between course tastes that make the meal more special. Great wine list too.

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              PeteM RE: PeteM Nov 4, 2007 06:49 AM

              Hi everyone!
              Any other thoughts?

              So my choices are just Annisa, Wallse or Bouley? Of these, which one should I choose?
              Anyone has other suggestions (20th street or below)?

              Thanks so much chowhounds!

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                idia RE: PeteM Nov 4, 2007 08:07 AM

                Blue Hill all the way!!!

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                  ellenost RE: PeteM Nov 4, 2007 03:02 PM

                  I haven't been to Annisa, but between Bouley and Wallse, I'd go to Bouley. Wallse is excellent, but a much more casual dining experience than Bouley.

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                    MMRuth RE: ellenost Nov 4, 2007 03:10 PM

                    I've not been to Bouley (must rectify) but from what I've read, I agree with ellenost, and would add that Anissa would be a step up from Wallse.

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                    thegreekone RE: PeteM Nov 4, 2007 08:14 PM

                    I can't say anything disparaging about either Wallse or Annisa. If it were me I would decide after checking out the menus. Given the season and dealing with out of towners....Wallse would be my choice

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                      PeteM RE: thegreekone Nov 4, 2007 08:19 PM

                      Thanks!
                      Just out of curiosity, what about dealing with out of towners that made you choose Wallse?

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                        thegreekone RE: PeteM Nov 4, 2007 08:29 PM

                        There are very few places swimming in Austrian fare. The best compliment I can give Wallse is that I always ask myself why I don't eat there more often when I leave.

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                          MMRuth RE: thegreekone Nov 5, 2007 01:38 AM

                          Yes - I say the same thing!

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                      MMRuth RE: PeteM Nov 6, 2007 10:09 AM

                      Do see this review of Annisa from a frequent poster - from last night - disappointing meal:

                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/457828

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                        PeteM RE: MMRuth Nov 6, 2007 11:52 PM

                        Thanks!!!

                    3. dkstar1 RE: PeteM Nov 7, 2007 05:48 AM

                      Wallse is an excellent restaurant. I'd go there over Annisa everytime.

                      I loved the rabbit and spaetzle dish, the lobster app, wild game (Scottish partridge was great...watch out for the occasional buckshot) and the salzburg nockerl for dessert is great.

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