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235 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
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.
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.
TERRIBLE SERVICE MEDIOCRE FOOD
By Jules09 on 9/22/2008
Wanted to try this place in the neighborhood, chose it over In Vino, my favorite spot just to try something different. BIG MISTAKE. We made late resi's but waited an hour and a half to be seated after being told they got swamped right before we came. Whats the point of a reservation then, don't you hold tables!! They seated another table of 4 ahead of us bc they had made reservations as well, ironic isn't it? Completely incompetent hostess who was rude, only good thing was the manager or owner, not sure...tried to ease the pain with some on the house drinks, but truly wasn't worth it. Finally seated and the food was mediocre and regular service was OK. Final blow- they have put through a much higher tip on our Credit Cards for the meal. Could be a mistake, but certainly the icing on the cake. Should have gone to In Vino- don't make the same mistake we did....
By Make_It_A_Double on 6/28/2008
Perhaps it's what we ordered, but at the end of the meal no one even asked one another how the meal was because we all could tell that everyone felt it was edible, but nothing worth discussing. Not good, not bad. I would not go again, but that's only because there are so many places in the city to try that it makes no sense to go to the same place twice unless it was at least above average.
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.
barely any food on the plate
By smlop09 on 5/16/2008
I tried the EU for dinner after a great brunch experience - but this time, we left hungry and broke. It is clear why the EU is so immaculately decorated -- to distract visitors from the tiny portions, half decent service, and big prices. A foodie myself, I have no problem paying high prices for excellent food in tiny portions. The miniature entress at the EU simply arent even close to great enough to justify $35 a pop. Many of the greatest famous restaurants are priced similarly or even more reasonably! We shared a meat and cheese platter which barely filled up the board, which is ridiculous for nearly $30. My boyfriend ordered the Lamb, which he finished in a minute flat, and left hungry..$35. I had a very salty, boyardee like Paella for $20-something. God forbid you have a few drinks, you leave minus $150 per couple easily for a half way terrible meal. The EU simply failed to compete with the consistenly amazing, totally affordable dining experiences in the surrounding neighborhood. I'd go for a beer to check out the space, but other than that, hit the spots in all directions for a much better experience.
By kenet26 on 4/25/2008
I will never go back. Service was terrible. Food was average at best. Food was delivered to table over 1 hour after order was placed. The steak was cold. Server and Manager gave BS excuses. Unacceptable service. Food not worth the prices. Nice beer and wine selection.
By kjp216 on 4/13/2008
I have been looking forward to eating at the EU for quite a while. But I have to say i'm thoroughly disappointed and will not be going back. I went last night with three friends and all felt the same - all the food was sub-par and extremely over priced. My steak came out well cooked but barely warm - and the "fingerling potatoes" consisted of several small soggy potato chips resting in some sort of over-salted marinade. My friend's pork chop was 70% bone, fat and gristle. It was garnished with some sort of chewy fried crustacean - and maybe two sprigs of greens. My other friend's branzino was average at best - the only garnish a half lemon. Only afterward did I realize why the waitress kept trying to offer us additional "side" items (a $7 plate of fries) - it would have taken two $30 steaks for me to leave feeling satisfied. We skipped dessert and left to have additional drinks elsehwere. I'll never go back.
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.
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