Rolf's German Restaurant

German Restaurant and Beer Garden$$$$
Gramercy Park, New York
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  • Spencer V.
    "Enjoy a glass of the mulled wine and take in the dysplay"(7 Tips)
    Foodspotting
    "Try the Potato Pancakes with Homemade Apple Sauce"(8 Tips)
    Akshata K.
    "chicken schnitzel and the sausage"(6 Tips)
    Nicolette R.
    "Come here just to see the Xmas decorations."(2 Tips)
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 19, 2013
    The most popular time of year to visit this spot is around the holiday season, as the Christmas decor is unbeatable. To warm yourself up, order the Gluhwein and the apple strudel.
  • Amber L.
    Amber LockwoodDecember 18, 2014
    The place gets so packed during the holidays, try to snag a reservation so you have some elbow room. Split the potato pancakes, the portions are huge!
    Upvoted Jan 9
  • Snooty Waiter
    Snooty WaiterNovember 29, 2011
    I love coming here at least once during the Christmas season. If you don't feel 1000% more x-massy when you're here...well look in the mirror at the bar...cause you're prob green n fuzzy...grinch!
  • Graylyn R.
    Graylyn Roose1 week ago
    The potato pancakes are to die for..you can't forget to start with those. Weißwurst is great..spatzle and schnitzel are even better. Great selection of German beer and food!
  • Akshata K.
    Akshata KaliaJanuary 16, 2016
    I loved everything here! The Christmas decorations are beautiful. You HAVE to get the mulled wine - yummy. The mussels, potato pancakes, chicken schnitzel and the sausage were all good!
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 3, 2012
    It's always Christmas in here. Even if it's not the actual season but you're feeling low on the yuletide spirit in your day to day, this place will definitely have you singing Mariah when you leave.
  • Nevin Z.
    Nevin ZisanDecember 8, 2014
    Great drink selection -- German beers, wine, and interesting specialty cocktails. I wasn't expecting the food to be anything spectacular..
  • Gloria G.
    Gloria GJanuary 12, 2014
    order the paprika Schintzel, Mussels with Riesling Broth, and Potato Cakes w/apple sauce and sour cream. you cant go wrong!!! caramel martini is so so strong! Beware! Lol
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    Ummm unless you like German food and stuff then yeah... Other than that the christmas lights were amazing! Interest cocktails as well but for me.... I should've gotten a beer
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.December 7, 2015
    A must visit during the Christmas season---ceiling decorations are awesome
    Upvoted Dec 23, 2016
  • Zachary T.
    Zachary TanoDecember 20, 2014
    Waited for 1 hour outside (coffee shop across the street for a warm drink) and it took another hour to be seated but it was worth it! Warm wine, jäger schnitzel, schnapps, Christmas decorations!
  • Linda G.
    Linda GianniJanuary 8
    Amazing Christmas decorations. Food was very good. Expensive, as one would expect in NYC. Would go again.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMarch 23, 2013
    Nice place. Way too damn hot. Cool off with a lager or five and try to spot the hidden Easter eggs. The King salmon was pretty good but rice was definitely way overcooked. Worth a visit!
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UDecember 30, 2014
    May be more known for its holiday decoration and cocktails but food isn't bad either though a bit expensive. Never seen sautéed schnitzel before - recommend trying jaeger schnitzel
  • Spencer V.
    Spencer VairoJanuary 4, 2015
    The Christmas decor in here is so festive it's almost overwhelming. Enjoy a glass of the mulled wine and take in the dysplay
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroDecember 6, 2014
    Come here just to see the Xmas decorations. They are on steroids. Their mulled wine is amazing!
  • Mateo c.
    Mateo crawfordAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place, great food. Making new friends. Can't ask for much more .
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanDecember 27, 2014
    Great eggnog and delicious food. I definitely don't regret the holiday wait! The festive decor alone is an experience
  • Greg V.
    Greg ValenskiJanuary 2, 2015
    Sausage platter was great especially with a haufbrau! The atmosphere is amazing
  • Eric F.
    Eric FMarch 7, 2015
    Obviously amazing decor, great beer, all around superb
  • Sal P.
    Sal PalombizioDecember 4, 2014
    At this time of year, xmas, i looks like a trailer truck of xmas decor exploded in the place. Looks really nice. Worth a visit.
  • Lara R.
    Lara RoseNovember 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Lana and Raul are the best. Been here for ages. Really great people.
  • Morgan 🍷
    Morgan 🍷March 8, 2012
    It looks like your mom's old box of Christmas ornaments threw up in here after a heavy night of drinking after a bad break up..... And I love it!
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossMay 24, 2015
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere here, and the food was delicious. Great surprise!
  • Christine T.
    Christine TaylorDecember 11, 2016
    Great decorations.. But they were pretty rude. Made us all order entrees to get a table and then made us move after an hour to seat someone else before we had time for an end of meal drink.
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin StrandbergNovember 21, 2011
    Incredible atmosphere - looks like the bar is inside of Christmas Tree. Come for the photos and a drink.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisDecember 23, 2016
    If you want to come here for dinner in Dec make a reservation in early November. Otherwise be prepared for a long long long wait in the cold.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VodolaDecember 8, 2012
    Truly impressive decor during holidays. Just go easy on the $14 mulled wines!
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartAugust 21, 2010
    A quaint throwback with excellent strudel and a fine selection of schnapps. Try the Apfel Schnapps with a glass of Hofbrau!
  • Jaunted
    JauntedApril 26, 2010
    Ignore how dusty the gaudy interior is and tuck into some perfectly crispy potato pancakes. Lots of regulars here, and business travelers craving sauerkraut.
  • Vidula
    VidulaAugust 2, 2012
    Really authentic German food. Worth the price for some quality schnitzel.
  • James J.
    James JOctober 3, 2014
    Come here for the Christmas decorations! And grab a good german beer too
  • Guy B.
    Guy BannisterSeptember 15, 2015
    Hadn't been here in years. It looked the same and felt dated. But the food was delicious and I would recommend.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew D.January 1, 2015
    Christmas decorations are the only reason to be here. Take your photo and leave! Prices, food and service are ridiculous.
    Upvoted Dec 23, 2016
  • Bonnie P.
    Bonnie PfleidererNovember 20, 2013
    Come early to sit at the bar! This place gets packed!
  • Feven W.
    Feven W.January 14, 2014
    cool atmosphere! looks like the inside of a very decorated xmas tree. FOOD: sucks, terribly. all "sausages" are literally oversized hotdogs they boil in water. def have had better german DRINKS: great
  • Bethany
    BethanyDecember 31, 2015
    If it's packed - don't go. Otherwise great food & fun holiday atmosphere.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Enjoy European craft beer at the German-themed restaurant on Third Avenue.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FMarch 7, 2015
    Classical music playing around closing time and the old timers were waltzing around. Good times.
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 10, 2013
    Anything: "You’re not really here for the food; you’re here for the lavishly ornate, borderline-insane, totally delightful Christmas decorations." Read more
  • Colleen D.
    Colleen DJanuary 21, 2014
    Mulled wine, potato pancakes. Christmas everyday here.
  • Tracie L.
    Tracie LeeDecember 18, 2014
    If you want to come around Christmas, make a reservation in July.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PorterOctober 22, 2014
    Get the large stein - you won't regret it!
  • Brad K.
    Brad KleinDecember 11, 2011
    Order a hot toddy. Sip the sweet cream top, then combine with a strawsip of the bitter bottom. Amazing!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    The decorations in this place make it worth a trip alone!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoJanuary 31, 2016
    Surprisingly large portions ! Loved the christmas smoothie
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KopmanMay 29, 2013
    Great spot for anyone not prone to seizures.
  • doug j.
    doug jaegerJuly 11, 2012
    This place used to be awesome. I would recommend drinks only and avoid the over priced food.
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BekDecember 20, 2014
    Did not encounter any Germans here, but I liked the feisty lil blonde behind the bar
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraDecember 7, 2010
    This bar looks like a Christmas tree-fun to go in the winter. The hot wine with cinnamon is grand.
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