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235 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
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.
2 hour wait with reservation
By betaaqa on 2/6/2007
Maybe they still need to work out the "kinks" but regardless I'm not going back. The reason is that we had a reservation was at 8:30 and didn't sit down to eat until 10:30. You might wonder why we bothered to wait that long. It was something called the "airline syndrome." In other words, they told us several times that "it will only be 10 minutes, you are the *next* table!" Then 45 minutes would go by and we were still languishing without a table. We'd query and get another optimistic answer; only to wait another interminable period. A couple times we noticed that other people sat down who weren't there before us. The first time the excuse was that it was a six-top. The second time: "those people talked to the owner." It was appalling! If only they had been honest with us from the start we would have left. In the end I have to say that the wait staff was very nice, but I was so exhausted from the ordeal I never want to see the place again...
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.
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?
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.
Excellent food - atrocious service
By FMK on 5/9/2007
Waited 45 minutes for a table that we had reserved, waiters had no idea what they were doing. They actually spilled wine and water on me at different points in the evening. Their apology was " It's white wine so it probably won't stain". Dessert was to be comp'ed - apparently the manager forgot to post the waiter of that...After giving an average tip the waiter had the audacity to come out and follow us on the street and ask for more tip. It's a shame that the food was great. Wait staff needs to learn a few things - makes an excellent chef look bad.
By rcm on 10/22/2007
After reading some reviews and checking out the menu, I had very high expectations of this place. On Saturday, a group of 8 of us set out for our first E.U. dining experience. As one of our party members said, this place looks great on paper. Unfortunately, it fell incredibly short of our expectations. I will say that the space is good and it has potential. However, the execution was poor. I think we could have gotten past the crappy ipod playlist on throughout the night, had the food been decent. Our first hint should have been the dry as sawdust, wonder bread that was set out. A few of us ordered burgers, of which they had a couple of options that sounded good. Those of us who ordered medium rare burgers, ran the gambit of rare to well done. It's disappointing to have something so simple completely screwed up. Not sure if these other reviews were written by employees, but I live in the area and i don't believe I'll be going back.
Overall a Pleasant Place
By tigrknot on 11/5/2007
Hostess was very pleasant (nice change of pace for the city). Wait staff hovered; too many assigned to one table. Ordered pastry basket and no plates were given. When a space is tight, it is OK for the staff to ask for cup/glass to be moved closer. No need to for the staff to stretch over the whole table as if they are going for the finish line in the 100 meter dash. Restaurant Design: Slightly pretentious but cozy (faux weathered coffee cups were a bit much). Extremely poor choice of bathrooms placement/seating nearby. Some options: remove seating by the bathroom, move bathrooms altogether to a more secluded location and definitely put much better ventilation in the bathrooms. It was disgusting to eat a meal that close to the bathroom. Also, change the windows on the bathrooms door. Windows are opaque but I really do not need to get a blurred glimpse of people taking care of nature. Disgusting! Seating by bathrooms was tight. Cushioned leather seating needs to have a higher back on it. I want to be comfortable at Sunday brunch and not feel like I am posing for school pictures.
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 ebrugman on 2/12/2008
i foolishly decided to give this restaurant a second chance after a poor first experience. horrible service, inflated prices for mediocre food, bad layout...shall i go on. im english and i can tell you that this is NOT a gastropub!
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