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Rolf's Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Gramercy Park
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281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
+1 212-477-4750
12:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Elizaville, New York
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Schnitzle as shingle. About 5 minutes less time in the frier would have been nice. Spätzle was gummy and dense. Beer was $13. Cake tasted of the refrigerator. The potato pancakes were good. I've walked by Rolf's for over 2 decades and never went in. My instincts were right. Wow! Unless you really really love shopping at The Christmas Tree... More 

Thank Daniel N
Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Very crowded but a great pit stop when touring NYC during the holidays. Stop in to check out the Christmas decorations and enjoy a glass of schnapps. If you are going just for a drink, they won't let you sit at a table unless you order food.

Thank X8752AUpatrick
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

topped by here for drinks and to look at the Christmas decorations during the holiday season with friends. If you're looking for great service or chill atmosphere to catch up with friends - Rolf's is not the place. The restaurant is hectic over the holidays. There is always a line - 30min to an hour wait if you're lucky. The... More 

Thank SyChen1
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

In the past, during the 80's, this was my favorite German restaurant, a quaint bar like restaurant on Second Ave in NYC. This last July was my first visit since the 80's and I'm surprised they're even in business by the food we were served. Their Jaeger Schnitzel used to be nectar of the gods, not any more, the sauce... More 

Thank Billy G
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Truly great German food and beer. The decor is astonishing, in a good way. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

Thank vivienne c
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I used to come to Rolf's a lot, but have not been for some time. It is decorated so beautifully. But the prices have almost doubled. Bratwurst for $25, that is insane. Plus I feel the quality of the food has changed. Will not be going back.

Thank Sonja C
Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States
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593 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I was impressed for about ten seconds - as the picture shows, there are tons of twinkling lights so you feel like you were shrunk and are living inside of a Christmas tree. We stopped in for drinks and lunch. We did not have a reservation for our party of six. It was 3 pm on Saturday. There were about... More 

1 Thank Peter R
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

If you like to be surrounded in Christmas decorations and you like German food don't miss this restaurant! When you enter it is as if you are in a magical world of Christmas decorations. Everywhere you look you can't help but be in the Christmas mood. No bah humbugs here. The menu is vast and there is something for everyone.... More 

Thank Food4thoughtnow
New York City, New York
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127 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We went to Rolfs to have a few drinks on a Friday. They have a nice little drink selection to chose from. We sat at the bar, the service and the drink selection was nice. The decorations really made our time there fun. I don't know how the food was since we didn't eat but will try next time were... More 

Thank Jaime O
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Entering such a great looking and cozy place, you'd never expect waitresses spilling tea on the table cloth without expressing any regret or fixing it, not being able to adequately place a small bread plate without bread falling out, or standing beside bar counter swearing out loud and complaining about clients not willing to pay descent tips explaining this by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
German, Bar, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Gramercy Park
  • Neighbourhood: Gramercy Park
  • Phone Number: +1 212-477-4750

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?