Rolf’s Restaurant

Restaurants, Austrian Gramercy
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Courtesy Rolf's Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Rolf's Restaurant

This bar and grill combines traditional German food and beer with a healthy serving of kitsch, notably with its annual Christmas decorations. Year-round, you can enjoy a wide range of German dishes, especially meats and sausages, while an array of faux medieval paintings peaks out behind obsessively entwined oak branches. The portions are extremely generous; more sauerbraten, really than anyone could (or perhaps should) eat. There are five different schnitzel offerings, but you can’t go wrong in ordering the simple Wiener schnitzel. In the end, the zeitgeist is more Epcot Center than Bavaria and like the theme park it’s a fun ride.


Venue name: Rolf’s Restaurant
Address: 281 Third Ave
New York
Cross street: at 22nd St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–10:30pm; Sat, Sun noon–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Never got a chance to eat or drink here because the CROWDS, but I did spend some time walking around and gawking at the beautiful decorations. The restaurant seemed to be full of people eating and drinking so I assume the food is pretty decent. For sure you need a reservation is you're going to be eating here and/or try to come after the Holiday season is over. 

Came to visit this place in April, since I had out of town guests. We heard about the over-the-top Christmas decorations so thought it could be fun to explore. Definitely didn't disappoint with the overwhelming backgrounds and decor. It was pretty spectacular and reminded me of a December day. The food was also very authentic but you're paying for the ambiance as well. It's a great place to go once and check it off the list. 

HOLY COW! This place looks like Santa's workshop blew up and landed in NYC. The interior of this Rolf's is cozy and covered in holiday decor for the majority of the year. Delicious cocktails accompany the large portioned comfort food. I'd prefer more seasoning on my sides (the Brussels sprouts were simply steamed with nothing else on them). 

It's certainly worth a visit for drinks or dinner. Expect a wait if you don't have a reservation because this is a popular spot.

If you are visiting NYC during the holidays you can not pass up Rolf's. It's an adorable little restaurant and bar that is decorated in Christmas all year long. Decorated in Christmas is and understatement for what this restaurant and bar looks like. It is Christmas! You can not pass by without feeling the warmth and joy of the holidays spilling out the doorway. 

I've only ever been for drinks, so I can't speak on the food. But the atmosphere is worth just grabbing a drink and sitting at the bar.