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Rolf's

281 Third Ave., New York, NY 10010 40.73785 -73.983813
at 22nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-477-4750 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: German/Austrian
  • Price Range: $$$

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    4 out of 10

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Official Website

rolfsnyc.com

Hours

Daily, noon-10:30pm; June-Labor Day: Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Prices

$16.95-$34

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Ignored by New Yorkers much of the year, the rustic, tchotchke-packed dining room at Rolf’s is transformed into a Christmas spectacular that’s as much a December institution as the Rockettes and Rockefeller Center. Twinkling lights, Teutonic dolls, and green garlands like so many boughs of Black Forest don the front bar, while a seasonal roast suckling pig is ceremoniously served at the roughhewn tables and booths in back. Not surprisingly, the food is a mediocre throwback to another era, so don’t be surprised if the stringy sauerbraten can’t hold a candle to your grandmother’s three-day ginger snap-marinated wonder. But crispy potato pancakes and simple, hot-dog-like wursts keep kids complacent, while a few steins of the array of German pilsners and hefeweissen will find mom and dad satisfied, if not altogether oblivious.

Recommended Dishes

Potato pancakes, $14; smoked pork bratwurst, $21.95

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