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235 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
What a FAB spot!
By ashiehoch on 10/25/2008
This place is great! It's our absolute fave, especially in the week when it's less busy. The steak tartare is phenomenal especially with the egg on top. And the service is always kind and modest, much like our comrades in the EU!! Highly recommend for anyone that has an appreciation for european understatement.
Food was so good I could have cried....
By lemaydm on 3/4/2008
My husband and I tried EU after seeing the 3-minute TV spot on TimeOut New York on Demand. We made reservations for a Saturday night--and the host was very polite and even called me back the day before to confirm our reservations. We were a little late and the EU staff was very accomodating. This is a restaurant to go to for the "overall dining experience"--everything was spot on from the atmosphere, to the wine list, to the feel of the place--and of course, the food was impeccable. Our server really took things above and beyond and explained with great passion and detail all of items he suggested we order. I could really tell he genuinely was excited about his profession and wanted us to have an awesome experienc!. The downfall, the price at $260 (for 2)! Yikes! But again, it was an overall "10" on the NYC dining scale. I loved it and will go back for a special night again very soon.
By Peanutd on 3/10/2007
I cannot express really what a wonderful value I found E.U. to be. The food was spectacular and the beer choices pleased me for I am really a beer drinker. Now if only the rest of the City would catch on, it'd be a great energetic little gem. The decor is well thought-out, consistent, and really has a lot of charm--sort of serene. I went on a Wednesday night and it was very quiet (it was after 10pm and very cold out), but even so, it was lovely. It appears that they are operating as if they were well established in the neighborhood already. It is a place that will be for a while on my mind each time I consider having a dinner out-- because when does such a great chef come so cheap?
Well Worth the Wait!
By gilmank on 11/28/2006
The space is really well done, the service is genuinely friendly and helpful and the food is everything a gastro-pub can be. I had the lamb cassoulet as the main course which was sort of a deconstructed "cassoulet" so you could taste each of the really delicious ingredients independently. The hosts were very gracious and I'm really pleased with the wine list which is full of great values. I'm already planning my return visit so I can try the items on the menu that I couldn't sample. This place is pretty special and I eat out a lot.
Perfect combination in a dining experience
By designfiend on 2/21/2007
I expect every aspect of the experience to be no less than perfect - a great environment is no good if the food is average. Good food is pointless if paired with an uninspring wine. And all is for nought if the service isn't exceptional. European Union did not disappoint in any regard. The food was stellar, and the combinations of suggested appetizers and main courses was unique and not commonplace. The wine pairings suggested by the staff were also excellent. I would have tried them just for the environment alone. You know if AVROKO is involved then serious thought goes into the environment. The lighting (by Niche Modern) sets the mood for the restaurant - luscious! We went on a Friday night, a little bit on the early side and by the time we left it was packed, so either make reservations or go on a off-peak evening. European Union is a great place to take a date. Haven't tried the weekend brunch yet but looks to be in my near future.
Anorexics might leave hungry (small portions), but at least they are hungry
By franciskirigin on 1/14/2009
You might find that your $ doesnt go very far here. With no saurkraut nor grah (bean stew) on the menu, there isnt much of an Austrio-Hungarian representation. Serving "excellent" fish and chips will not impress me (sorry London), but the scallops and pork sure did. One could just buy a plane ticket straight to Dalmatia.
Pleasant Surprise in the E. Village
By etoilegirl on 11/17/2008
I came here with a friend last week for dinner and it was a pleasant surprise. It reminded me of a Balthazar or Schiller's minus the noise and insane crowds. We started off with the three cheese appetizer that had lovely bread with it. I thought the cheese portions were a bit small, but given how rich the taste was, I suppose it was about right. It was difficult to decide what to get for a main course, since it ranges from German fare to French to Italian (hence the EU name, those sneaky people) but was happy with what I went with. The service was attentive, and my friend and I had a great time. Only setback was the bill - $90 for three drinks, an appetizer and 2 main courses. At this point, though, we were too drunk and happy to care.
By sanps on 11/10/2007
Went on a Saturday night with no reservation around 8:30. The host sat us straight away. Our waitress was lovely and attentive with a good and helpful grasp of the menu.The food was good, a little salty overall. It was crowded in a good way, not cramped. Yes.
By soitgoes239 on 3/12/2007
The atmosphere is perfect, and the food is great. A bit expensive, and the service was slow at times, but it's hard to complain when you're in such a beatiful, cozy place. Highlights: the grilled octopus, wine selection, desserts.
I really wanted to love this place....
By drewheartsny on 6/6/2008
...but after two attempts I've given up. Conceptually, EU works. From the modest selection of European beers & wines, interesting protein choices and unexpected flavor combinations (hangar steak with anchovy butter - trust, it was delicious!) to the mod/farmhouse/fusion decor, this place is great on paper. But with a generally overpriced menu and baffling food service times without reason or apology (45 minutes between finishing the appetiser and receiving our entree's both times), I'm no longer that keen to join the EU.
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