Blaue Gans

★★★★☆
  • 139 Duane St

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-571-8880

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NOT A DATE SPOT
This is not a good place to come if there are only two people in your party. Friday night 7:00 most of the tables were empty (see attached picture); the hostess informed us that the only available table for a party of two

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★★★★★

NOT A DATE SPOT
This is not a good place to come if there are only two people in your party. Friday night 7:00 most of the tables were empty (see attached picture); the hostess informed us that the only available table for a party of two

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Great food, bad waitress. Looked a bit on the rough side, rude, impatient and not too knowledgeable, felt clearly bothered when we asked something and didn't even ask for much to begin with. Better fit for road house than a good

3
★★★★★

Great food, bad waitress. Looked a bit on the rough side, rude, impatient and not too knowledgeable, felt clearly bothered when we asked something and didn't even ask for much to begin with. Better fit for road house than a good

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Their service stinks. They overcharged me and I called them at least three times to investigate it. They never return my money and never call me back. It is one of the worst restaurants in Manhattan.

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★☆☆☆☆

Their service stinks. They overcharged me and I called them at least three times to investigate it. They never return my money and never call me back. It is one of the worst restaurants in Manhattan.

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I can't say enough about the meal I had last night at Blaue Gans. My boyfriend and I had dined at Wallse several times and had yet to try Gutenbrunner's Tribeca outpost. We were not disappointed! Much to my boyfriends excitement they even had a special Oktoberfest menu featuring so many delicious items that we had a hard time choosing what to order. Our server, who was very personable, was wonderful in explaining every dish to us and walking us through the menu. We finally decided on the wurst platter and smoked trout, followed by the jagger schnitzel and sauerbraten. Kuddos to the Chef - we were blown away. Great food, great service, great vibe. You've found two very loyal customers for the future - we will be back for sure!

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★★★★★

I can't say enough about the meal I had last night at Blaue Gans. My boyfriend and I had dined at Wallse several times and had yet to try Gutenbrunner's Tribeca outpost. We were not disappointed! Much to my boyfriends excitement they even had a special Oktoberfest menu featuring so many delicious items that we had a hard time choosing what to order. Our server, who was very personable, was wonderful in explaining every dish to us and walking us through the menu. We finally decided on the wurst platter and smoked trout, followed by the jagger schnitzel and sauerbraten. Kuddos to the Chef - we were blown away. Great food, great service, great vibe. You've found two very loyal customers for the future - we will be back for sure!

Pros: Great Service, Beers, Sausage and Atmosphere

Cons: None! We were blown away!

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My friend was visiting last weekend and wanted to go out for a beer so wanting to show him a cool place to grab a drink I took him to Blaue Gans. I've been there a few times before so I knew they had a great draught selection and saw in their window display that they serve boots of beer (2 liters). We each got one and were honestly a bit scared at the size, the bartender even laughed with us and took our picture. We ended up staying for 2 hours while we drank our boots so decided to have some bar food, well the bar food was unlike any I've had before. We got a wurst platter with 4 kinds of sausages I cant pronounce, a giant pretzel as big as my torso and the BG wings which had all the meat pushed down in what we were told was a "lollipop" fashion, so delicious! Came in to drink a HUGE beer and ending up having a really nice post-dinner, all in all it was a perfect night cap. My friend says we have to come back next time he's in town.

2
★★★★★

My friend was visiting last weekend and wanted to go out for a beer so wanting to show him a cool place to grab a drink I took him to Blaue Gans. I've been there a few times before so I knew they had a great draught selection and saw in their window display that they serve boots of beer (2 liters). We each got one and were honestly a bit scared at the size, the bartender even laughed with us and took our picture. We ended up staying for 2 hours while we drank our boots so decided to have some bar food, well the bar food was unlike any I've had before. We got a wurst platter with 4 kinds of sausages I cant pronounce, a giant pretzel as big as my torso and the BG wings which had all the meat pushed down in what we were told was a "lollipop" fashion, so delicious! Came in to drink a HUGE beer and ending up having a really nice post-dinner, all in all it was a perfect night cap. My friend says we have to come back next time he's in town.

Pros: Boots of beer and amazing snacks

Cons: Too many great beers to choose from

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My friends and I came here to celebrate the first night of Octoberfest. The end of the night is a bit fuzzy, but I definitely recall the delicious food (we all shared various appetizers and sausage plates, as well as an assortment of desserts). We were obsessed with the Currywurst and the delicious fries served with it. Desserts are to die for - get the Salzburger. Trust me. Blaue Gans also has an excellent selection of Austrian/German beers on tap and had a few Octoberfest specials. I drank most of them.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I came here to celebrate the first night of Octoberfest. The end of the night is a bit fuzzy, but I definitely recall the delicious food (we all shared various appetizers and sausage plates, as well as an assortment of desserts). We were obsessed with the Currywurst and the delicious fries served with it. Desserts are to die for - get the Salzburger. Trust me. Blaue Gans also has an excellent selection of Austrian/German beers on tap and had a few Octoberfest specials. I drank most of them.

Pros: Friendly, festive environment; delicious food and cool staff

Cons: None

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My friend and I decided to stop in for a drink a week back and had an absolute blast! The employees were dressed in dirndls and lederhosen.... and surprisingly some of the patrons were as well. There was a band playing traditional German music and a few couples were dancing. I've never celebrated Oktoberfest before, but I've been inspired to travel to Germany next year.

I didn't try the food, but the atmosphere was really lively, and the employees and clientele were a riot! I will definitely be returning

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★★★★☆

My friend and I decided to stop in for a drink a week back and had an absolute blast! The employees were dressed in dirndls and lederhosen.... and surprisingly some of the patrons were as well. There was a band playing traditional German music and a few couples were dancing. I've never celebrated Oktoberfest before, but I've been inspired to travel to Germany next year.

I didn't try the food, but the atmosphere was really lively, and the employees and clientele were a riot! I will definitely be returning

Pros: Oktoberfest band

Cons: I wish the space was bigger!

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A few weeks ago my I begin ... and essentially ended ... my evening at BG. It was lovely.
I began with a large lager, followed by absurdly smooth shots of vodka, and an appetizer of french fries.
The staff was so friendly, and did not question my desire to take shots at what appeared to be a beer-fest. I then had the honor of meeting the man, the myth the legend ... Kurt Gutenbrunner. The man is the definition of a good host.
The crowd at this place is welcoming and amazing. There was a live polka band and patrons (myself included) tore up the dance floor ... and bar.
Busting a move had me craving some meat, so I immediately ordered a chicken. The moist deliciousness of this meat was unparalleled to anything I had tried before ... Kurt, you are a culinary genius.
The staff kept things going and the party flowed onto the street where I met some lovely Austrian diners - they are very fun and quizzical. I ended the evening soul-searching on a bench outside, snacking on some delicious sausages ...
I wish my story ended here, but it doesn't ... my curiosity about the KG-NY restaurant group rose with the morning sun, and by 1 p.m. the next morning I had walked to Wallse from my East Village apartment. I could not get enough of these people!
BG is not to be missed if you are looking for great food and good times.

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★★★★★

A few weeks ago my I begin ... and essentially ended ... my evening at BG. It was lovely.
I began with a large lager, followed by absurdly smooth shots of vodka, and an appetizer of french fries.
The staff was so friendly, and did not question my desire to take shots at what appeared to be a beer-fest. I then had the honor of meeting the man, the myth the legend ... Kurt Gutenbrunner. The man is the definition of a good host.
The crowd at this place is welcoming and amazing. There was a live polka band and patrons (myself included) tore up the dance floor ... and bar.
Busting a move had me craving some meat, so I immediately ordered a chicken. The moist deliciousness of this meat was unparalleled to anything I had tried before ... Kurt, you are a culinary genius.
The staff kept things going and the party flowed onto the street where I met some lovely Austrian diners - they are very fun and quizzical. I ended the evening soul-searching on a bench outside, snacking on some delicious sausages ...
I wish my story ended here, but it doesn't ... my curiosity about the KG-NY restaurant group rose with the morning sun, and by 1 p.m. the next morning I had walked to Wallse from my East Village apartment. I could not get enough of these people!
BG is not to be missed if you are looking for great food and good times.

Pros: Kurt's culinary genious! Crowd, Staff

Cons: not open until the early hours of the morning

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As soon as we walked in the vibe was awesome and the food and service lived up to that. I went there on a first date so there was this chance of awkward stuffiness, but our waiter was so relaxed and jovial that we settled right in. and the food and beer were tops. could not have picked a better place.

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★★★★★

As soon as we walked in the vibe was awesome and the food and service lived up to that. I went there on a first date so there was this chance of awkward stuffiness, but our waiter was so relaxed and jovial that we settled right in. and the food and beer were tops. could not have picked a better place.

Pros: Lovely, but casual too. Great service.

Cons: Dessert was TOO good.

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Regarding the two reviews below: I was a diner at The Blaue Gans that evening and I specifically remember this table. Their child was screaming across the whole restaurant while everyone was trying to enjoy their lovely meal. You know you are a poor diner and parent when the management and owner has to tell your child to behave themselves in the restaurant. The manager was not out of place. Even if a customer has spent over $1000s at the place, as I have, one should never feel entitled in such a way. Besides these rude customers I found my meal beautiful and the waitstaff knowledgeable and patient. The food was delicious and I will be returning!

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★★★★★

Regarding the two reviews below: I was a diner at The Blaue Gans that evening and I specifically remember this table. Their child was screaming across the whole restaurant while everyone was trying to enjoy their lovely meal. You know you are a poor diner and parent when the management and owner has to tell your child to behave themselves in the restaurant. The manager was not out of place. Even if a customer has spent over $1000s at the place, as I have, one should never feel entitled in such a way. Besides these rude customers I found my meal beautiful and the waitstaff knowledgeable and patient. The food was delicious and I will be returning!

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While some may be able to spend "$1000s" at restaurants like Blaue Gans, my wife and I were looking forward to a special evening out at this neighborhood gem. The food was delicious, I had the Oktoberfest chicken and my wife had the Beef Schnitzel, and we were please with the attentive but not overbearing staff.

It was well worth the visit and we will definitely return!

In reference to the review about the child, this was the same night that we dined, and the parents were doing nothing to quiet the child, who was screaming incessantly. They would put their hand over the his/her mouth, and remove it to only more yelling.

If spending lots of money allows you to behave in such a way, then that is fine, but for the people looking for a quality night out on the town, please refrain from spoiling others' nights.

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★★★★★

While some may be able to spend "$1000s" at restaurants like Blaue Gans, my wife and I were looking forward to a special evening out at this neighborhood gem. The food was delicious, I had the Oktoberfest chicken and my wife had the Beef Schnitzel, and we were please with the attentive but not overbearing staff.

It was well worth the visit and we will definitely return!

In reference to the review about the child, this was the same night that we dined, and the parents were doing nothing to quiet the child, who was screaming incessantly. They would put their hand over the his/her mouth, and remove it to only more yelling.

If spending lots of money allows you to behave in such a way, then that is fine, but for the people looking for a quality night out on the town, please refrain from spoiling others' nights.

Pros: Amazing Schnitzels and Sausages, Kind and Helpful Staff

Cons: None

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After trying to quiet and sleepy child, exhausted from the long wait to order, and then the long wait for food, a rude hostess snapped at us. When we asked to speak to the owner he was even more insulting, then ran off cowardly.

After having countless meals there before, I was shocked and insulted. Yes, an upset child is annoying, but we did not act rude to the waiter when we complained about the slow service.

As a born and bred New Yorker, I'm thrilled that there are so many other superior places to eat nearby. I recommend many other restaurants on that same street - Upstairs At Bouley, City Hall, Duane Park and Max - they actually serve great food and take a moment to treat customers respectfully and with understanding.

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★☆☆☆☆

After trying to quiet and sleepy child, exhausted from the long wait to order, and then the long wait for food, a rude hostess snapped at us. When we asked to speak to the owner he was even more insulting, then ran off cowardly.

After having countless meals there before, I was shocked and insulted. Yes, an upset child is annoying, but we did not act rude to the waiter when we complained about the slow service.

As a born and bred New Yorker, I'm thrilled that there are so many other superior places to eat nearby. I recommend many other restaurants on that same street - Upstairs At Bouley, City Hall, Duane Park and Max - they actually serve great food and take a moment to treat customers respectfully and with understanding.

Pros: Decor reminds me off the restaurant located there before

Cons: Insulted by rude owner who then ran away, mediocre food

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I was amazed by the owner's and management's rudeness. The owner was nasty then walked away and wouldn't even let us respond. I pity the staff who work there.

In times like this, who needs to pay top dollar for mediocre food served in an unpleasant environment, especially when there are so many wonderful and welcoming restaurants just steps away.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was amazed by the owner's and management's rudeness. The owner was nasty then walked away and wouldn't even let us respond. I pity the staff who work there.

In times like this, who needs to pay top dollar for mediocre food served in an unpleasant environment, especially when there are so many wonderful and welcoming restaurants just steps away.

Pros: none

Cons: nasty management, bland food, rehashed decor of prev rest

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We visited the Blaue Gans last week and were pleasantly surprised (due to some not so great previous reviews). We all found the food great, the service great and the atmosphere was wonderful. The Scottish Salmon was perfect for me. Everyone at our table enjoyed their dinner. The artichokes on the appetizer menu were our favorites. The lollipops were a real surprise and we all enjoyed them. The evening couldn't have been better.

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★★★★★

We visited the Blaue Gans last week and were pleasantly surprised (due to some not so great previous reviews). We all found the food great, the service great and the atmosphere was wonderful. The Scottish Salmon was perfect for me. Everyone at our table enjoyed their dinner. The artichokes on the appetizer menu were our favorites. The lollipops were a real surprise and we all enjoyed them. The evening couldn't have been better.

Cons: none

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Frankly I'm a bit surprised by the negative reviews. I live in Tribeca and eat at Blaue Gans regularly - usually once a week, sometimes twice a day! - the breakfasts are just terrific, excellent coffee, perfect pastries and a lovely quiet atmosphere (maybe I shouldn't tell y'all, it'll get noisy!) Dinners are much livlier, with a long communal table down the centre of the restaurant and booths on the side. We eat the schnitzl all the time, and dabble in other foods too. It's average for tribeca, so on the expensive side but not ridiculous. I'd be happy taking anyone there, it's classy without a hint of pretension, good service, good wines, great food - what more could you want?!

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★★★★☆

Frankly I'm a bit surprised by the negative reviews. I live in Tribeca and eat at Blaue Gans regularly - usually once a week, sometimes twice a day! - the breakfasts are just terrific, excellent coffee, perfect pastries and a lovely quiet atmosphere (maybe I shouldn't tell y'all, it'll get noisy!) Dinners are much livlier, with a long communal table down the centre of the restaurant and booths on the side. We eat the schnitzl all the time, and dabble in other foods too. It's average for tribeca, so on the expensive side but not ridiculous. I'd be happy taking anyone there, it's classy without a hint of pretension, good service, good wines, great food - what more could you want?!

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The food at Blaue Gans is tasty and innovative. Venison goulash arrived in a lush sauce with hints of sweetness, the spaetzle was creamy and light, and the pistachio ice cream was aromatic and set off the richness of the chocolate mousse beautifully.

But I am very surprised that a restaurant this good and this professional has kept a particularly bad table as part of the room's setup. When facing the back of the room, there is a two top just to the right of the entry to the kitchens and restrooms. It's not only that the view from the table is nearly into the kitchen, but that the chair is inevitably knocked by servers and patrons at the neighboring tables. I realize that in small rooms one can get bumped into, but this was especially bad--the night I was there, both parties seated there asked to move, and even the server acknowledged that the table was in a bad location. Why not lose this 2-top and make the neighboring corner table a four-top? A good restaurant with a snazzy interior and high-ish prices shouldn't have such an awkward and uncomfortable arrangement. I'd give the restaurant more stars if it weren't for this table. I'd love to go back as long as I knew I wouldn't have to sit there.

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★★★☆☆

The food at Blaue Gans is tasty and innovative. Venison goulash arrived in a lush sauce with hints of sweetness, the spaetzle was creamy and light, and the pistachio ice cream was aromatic and set off the richness of the chocolate mousse beautifully.

But I am very surprised that a restaurant this good and this professional has kept a particularly bad table as part of the room's setup. When facing the back of the room, there is a two top just to the right of the entry to the kitchens and restrooms. It's not only that the view from the table is nearly into the kitchen, but that the chair is inevitably knocked by servers and patrons at the neighboring tables. I realize that in small rooms one can get bumped into, but this was especially bad--the night I was there, both parties seated there asked to move, and even the server acknowledged that the table was in a bad location. Why not lose this 2-top and make the neighboring corner table a four-top? A good restaurant with a snazzy interior and high-ish prices shouldn't have such an awkward and uncomfortable arrangement. I'd give the restaurant more stars if it weren't for this table. I'd love to go back as long as I knew I wouldn't have to sit there.

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Admittedly, I am not a fan of Austrian/Bavarian food, so that certainly affected my experience at this SoHo spot. Even so, this place was very disappointing. The only thing that was close to edible was the purple pickled cabbage came and that's not saying much. While the decor, with all the cool posters, was fun & enjoyable, the beige starchy food was hardly appetizing. For the price, you're better off buying yourself a beer and heading somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

Admittedly, I am not a fan of Austrian/Bavarian food, so that certainly affected my experience at this SoHo spot. Even so, this place was very disappointing. The only thing that was close to edible was the purple pickled cabbage came and that's not saying much. While the decor, with all the cool posters, was fun & enjoyable, the beige starchy food was hardly appetizing. For the price, you're better off buying yourself a beer and heading somewhere else.

Pros: Location

Cons: Everything else

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I go to restaurants by old school, working class rules:

One-- The dining area should be nice, well lit and open with space to walk.
Two-- The food should come timely
Three-- You and your friends should be able to sit and talk without being hovered over.
Four-- The staff should helpfully explain unknown menu items to help you decide.

Those Four requirements were met for me.

The menu selections are German/Austrian-- but this is 2007 not 1960. You are in 21st century Tribeca, not 'Turn of the Century' Lower East Side. There will be no Gut-Buster platters heaped with all the greasy schnitzel you can eat. You're NOT in Brooklyn. You're NOT in Staten Island. You are NOT in Munich.
The portions are what I would call "Manhattan Light". Between the Appetizers, the Entree and the dessert, a reasonable Man will be satisfied. A Woman, of course, will eat much less- but the portions will fill her very nicely without too much left on the plate. If I want to pork myself into semi-consciousness, I'll stay home and put 5 pounds of ribs in the oven.

I had the venison, medium rare, and it was tender and crisp on the outside without being burned. My friends had the the jager and the pork Schnitzel which was tasty, but the meat portions were thinner than what they had been imagining (we're all big guys)-- although the waiter had warned us. Still, it was all tasty-- and the spaetzl dishes were tasteful and delicious.

Last-- I dine out for the pleasure of being served something I cannot cook myself and NOT having to do the dishes. I will pay for that privilege gladly because I eat out with friends seldomly. Go on-line and look at the menu prices and figure your budget before you go instead of crying about it afterwards. I suggest reservations also. If your budget is tight-- leave off the wine and beer--You can do that when you get back home anyway.

2
★★★★☆

I go to restaurants by old school, working class rules:

One-- The dining area should be nice, well lit and open with space to walk.
Two-- The food should come timely
Three-- You and your friends should be able to sit and talk without being hovered over.
Four-- The staff should helpfully explain unknown menu items to help you decide.

Those Four requirements were met for me.

The menu selections are German/Austrian-- but this is 2007 not 1960. You are in 21st century Tribeca, not 'Turn of the Century' Lower East Side. There will be no Gut-Buster platters heaped with all the greasy schnitzel you can eat. You're NOT in Brooklyn. You're NOT in Staten Island. You are NOT in Munich.
The portions are what I would call "Manhattan Light". Between the Appetizers, the Entree and the dessert, a reasonable Man will be satisfied. A Woman, of course, will eat much less- but the portions will fill her very nicely without too much left on the plate. If I want to pork myself into semi-consciousness, I'll stay home and put 5 pounds of ribs in the oven.

I had the venison, medium rare, and it was tender and crisp on the outside without being burned. My friends had the the jager and the pork Schnitzel which was tasty, but the meat portions were thinner than what they had been imagining (we're all big guys)-- although the waiter had warned us. Still, it was all tasty-- and the spaetzl dishes were tasteful and delicious.

Last-- I dine out for the pleasure of being served something I cannot cook myself and NOT having to do the dishes. I will pay for that privilege gladly because I eat out with friends seldomly. Go on-line and look at the menu prices and figure your budget before you go instead of crying about it afterwards. I suggest reservations also. If your budget is tight-- leave off the wine and beer--You can do that when you get back home anyway.

Pros: You can sit and talk. No-one hovers over you.

Cons: The meat portions are 'thinner' than you might expect for Austrian cuisine

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We went there last night and the Schweinebraten (roasted pork) is a cheap and fat Schweinebauch (pork belly). I would not recommend the place. After asking the maitre for the chef there was no response and no interest.

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★★★☆☆

We went there last night and the Schweinebraten (roasted pork) is a cheap and fat Schweinebauch (pork belly). I would not recommend the place. After asking the maitre for the chef there was no response and no interest.

Pros: great German beer selection

Cons: the food and the service

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My wife and I went to Blaue Gans for Valentine's Day. We ordered off their six course V-Day prie-fixe menu. I understand it's a tasting menu, but the portions were ridiculously small. The entrees were not good. My wife's poisson was undercooked and my braised beef was about the size of the foie gras appetizer brought out initially (which was about the size of a small Post It pad). After the entree, they brought us each a chocolate lollipop. What they didn't tell us was that it wasn't an actual lollipop, but a ball of fried dough with chocolate sauce inside (which they should have told us beforehand). Thinking it was a lollipop (and solid), I took a bite and proceeded to spill chocolate sauce all over my pants. It was the perfect ending to the night :)

Overpriced and mediocre is not a winning combination. Tribeca has several great restaurants and this is not one of them. I wouldn't go back and we wouldn't recommend it.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I went to Blaue Gans for Valentine's Day. We ordered off their six course V-Day prie-fixe menu. I understand it's a tasting menu, but the portions were ridiculously small. The entrees were not good. My wife's poisson was undercooked and my braised beef was about the size of the foie gras appetizer brought out initially (which was about the size of a small Post It pad). After the entree, they brought us each a chocolate lollipop. What they didn't tell us was that it wasn't an actual lollipop, but a ball of fried dough with chocolate sauce inside (which they should have told us beforehand). Thinking it was a lollipop (and solid), I took a bite and proceeded to spill chocolate sauce all over my pants. It was the perfect ending to the night :)

Overpriced and mediocre is not a winning combination. Tribeca has several great restaurants and this is not one of them. I wouldn't go back and we wouldn't recommend it.

Pros: Nice ambience

Cons: Poor quality Food, overpriced

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I love this place lunch, brunch dinner drinks after work whatever I have not been disappointed. The food is well prepared in a really comfortable chic setting.

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★★★★☆

I love this place lunch, brunch dinner drinks after work whatever I have not been disappointed. The food is well prepared in a really comfortable chic setting.

Pros: Open space, friendly, comfortable

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We went to Blaue Gans for our xmas dinner with a big group. Some order the goose special (the name of the restaurant translates to blue goose). When the goose arrived it was a disappointement, black and clearly burned, no crispy skin and also very dry. Having eaten goose many times in Austria we told the maitre d' that it was burned and tasted bitter. He told us that is suppose to be that way and this was how it is done in New York (Sorry that we didn't like it). After much discussion he finally offered us to bring something else. He brought the goose back into the kitchen only to come back telling us he tasked the goose and we were wrong to return it (We had at $1,200 bill and only 3 goose). We also had the pork roast which was a cheap cut of nearly 100 % fat and it came with virtually no sauce. The chestnut soup as an appetizer was nice, so was the wiener schnitzel and the quark knoedel dessert was delicious. The pasta dishes on the menu like the pumkins ravioli and spaetzle were over-cooked and tasteless. Not sure why a great chef like Kurt Gutenbrunner does not care about his bistro. When the final bill came the maitre d' instead of giving us something for the bad duck added a whopping 22% service charge (probably to make up for the duck...). We will certainly not come back...

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★★★☆☆

We went to Blaue Gans for our xmas dinner with a big group. Some order the goose special (the name of the restaurant translates to blue goose). When the goose arrived it was a disappointement, black and clearly burned, no crispy skin and also very dry. Having eaten goose many times in Austria we told the maitre d' that it was burned and tasted bitter. He told us that is suppose to be that way and this was how it is done in New York (Sorry that we didn't like it). After much discussion he finally offered us to bring something else. He brought the goose back into the kitchen only to come back telling us he tasked the goose and we were wrong to return it (We had at $1,200 bill and only 3 goose). We also had the pork roast which was a cheap cut of nearly 100 % fat and it came with virtually no sauce. The chestnut soup as an appetizer was nice, so was the wiener schnitzel and the quark knoedel dessert was delicious. The pasta dishes on the menu like the pumkins ravioli and spaetzle were over-cooked and tasteless. Not sure why a great chef like Kurt Gutenbrunner does not care about his bistro. When the final bill came the maitre d' instead of giving us something for the bad duck added a whopping 22% service charge (probably to make up for the duck...). We will certainly not come back...

Pros: great space, great wine list

Cons: very average food, maitre d' with attitude, expensive

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Painfully inconsistent service - 1 time all went well, next 2 times called in advance to make reservation then restaurant CLOSED early or had limited menu when we had confirmed that the full menu was available! Very frustrating when making the trek from midtown down to the financial district. Excellent creamed spinach & good schnitzle. Atmosphere is trendy and modern compared to other German alternatives - but simply can't return when they can't the get basics of STAYING OPEN & serving food right despite calling in advance.

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★★★☆☆

Painfully inconsistent service - 1 time all went well, next 2 times called in advance to make reservation then restaurant CLOSED early or had limited menu when we had confirmed that the full menu was available! Very frustrating when making the trek from midtown down to the financial district. Excellent creamed spinach & good schnitzle. Atmosphere is trendy and modern compared to other German alternatives - but simply can't return when they can't the get basics of STAYING OPEN & serving food right despite calling in advance.

Pros: Good food - unique creamed spinach tasted more fresh

Cons: inconsistent service, closing early, limited menu at times

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I really liked the atmosphere, food is good, bit pricy, good selection of drinks. The less classy part was the elderly waitress manipulating the credit card slip to upgrade her tip.

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★★★★☆

I really liked the atmosphere, food is good, bit pricy, good selection of drinks. The less classy part was the elderly waitress manipulating the credit card slip to upgrade her tip.

Pros: atmosphere, beer, food quality

Cons: service, price of food

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Food-superb. No doubt about it. Its authentic (am southern german, I knwo what authentic in that region tastes like)...tasteful, nicely plated, fresh....the wait staff is very quick on their toes, accommodating at all times.
The only complaint I have are the benches...not comfy at all. I have a slipped disk and always stuff my bag before we go to Blaue Gans (to sit on). ;-)

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★★★★★

Food-superb. No doubt about it. Its authentic (am southern german, I knwo what authentic in that region tastes like)...tasteful, nicely plated, fresh....the wait staff is very quick on their toes, accommodating at all times.
The only complaint I have are the benches...not comfy at all. I have a slipped disk and always stuff my bag before we go to Blaue Gans (to sit on). ;-)

Pros: food, staff, decor

Cons: benches

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I really had a bad experience in this restaurant. the Food was ok, but the price was SO expensive. 125.-USD per personn... for really nothing special and not even trendy....

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★☆☆☆☆

I really had a bad experience in this restaurant. the Food was ok, but the price was SO expensive. 125.-USD per personn... for really nothing special and not even trendy....

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They're a little rushed here on a Friday night, but boy, does the food make up for it. Some delicious fried chicken and great sausage. I'd say to stay away from the shrimp when it's on special (since when is Austria known for its shrimp?) as it was a bit mealy. Be sure to go for the strudel - the lightest flakiest crust yet. Ambience was exactly as it was at Le Zinc - I like it.

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★★★★☆

They're a little rushed here on a Friday night, but boy, does the food make up for it. Some delicious fried chicken and great sausage. I'd say to stay away from the shrimp when it's on special (since when is Austria known for its shrimp?) as it was a bit mealy. Be sure to go for the strudel - the lightest flakiest crust yet. Ambience was exactly as it was at Le Zinc - I like it.

Pros: food, ambience

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Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, of Wallse and cafe Sabarsky, mans the stoves at this high-ceilinged TriBeCa eatery that was once home to Le Zinc. Homesick Austrians (and the people who love them) cram the main room, which is bedecked with vintage…

 

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