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Schiller's Liquor Bar

131 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
at Norfolk St.
212-260-4555

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

56% would go back.

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Brit Brunch

By nikitwocheese on 2/18/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

British waiter at today's brunch was a doll and working his butt off. When asked, he suggested the rashers, which was possibly the best bacon I've ever had. Doughnuts were insanely fresh and very satisfying. Waffle was great, and the berries that came with it were beautiful. Scrambled eggs came with caramelized onions and killer hash browns. Would skip the french toast next time. Menu could use more details. The place has a ridiculous amount of character.

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63 out of 120 people found this review helpful.

mac and cheese!

By lfahey916 on 1/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Read my review of their mac and cheese here! http://maclovinnyc.com/schillersliquorbar.html

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103 out of 226 people found this review helpful.

Not even close to a Balthazar experience

By NJS on 1/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Why do I continue to give LES establishments a chance? Based on NY Mag's suggestion that it was similar to a Balthazar we decided to ignore the mixed reviews and give Schiller's a try last weekend. We had a table for four on a Saturday night around 8pm. After checking out the menu ahead of time I knew what to expect but the quality and presentation was pretty bad. For each entree I could give you 3 other places that do it better for cheaper. The wait staff was incredibly rude and wanted to rush us out the door as soon as we finished our meal. There was also groups of people flooding in the door almost continually trying to get at the bar in between each of the tables where we were seated. It was a ridiculous experience; don't go here.

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121 out of 229 people found this review helpful.

good in a disney sort of way?

By randyboy on 5/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

a trip to the John and I realize that I hadn't discovered a turn of the 19th century classic; rather, I was in some mall style themed eatery. like serendipity but if serendipity denoted dissapointing discovery. foul!!! my waitress was rude, the music was ruder and the food was rudest. blech. dirty tasting streak? how is that even possible??

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128 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

Out of Luck

By fdouge on 4/29/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Very poor, rude service, the waiter that attended to my husband and I was extremely rude, what we had hoped for would be a pleasant date night for us after the end of a long work week became an unpleasant dinner experience with being served by a waiter whos name was "Lakee" or something to that effect who was very short with us, paced incessantly around our table and made all efforts to clear us out of there to drive more people in. We'll spend out time and money elsewhere, "lucky" for us New York has tons of other great restaurants paired with great staff and service. We wouldn't go back there even if the food was free.

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149 out of 275 people found this review helpful.

Don't bother for brunch

By kw0812 on 10/25/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

My husband had been looking forward to eating here as a relaxed alternative to brunch at Clinton Street Bakery. We got seated right away and were given menus. So far so good. Our waitress seemed to be a bit out of it. I wanted Eggs Benedict - nothing on the menu indicated if it came with potatoes, so I asked. No potatoes I was told, so we ordered a side dish. My husband ordered the waffle with hazelnuts and maple bourbon syrup. The waitress came back and the waffle was the one thing they didn't have. The substitute French toast was deep fried with a few tasty berries and syrup. Not a great substitute. My Eggs Benny came resting on - you guessed it - a bed of home fries. And of course we got our side dish of home fries. Not mentioned at all by the waitress - not an oops or an apology. I loved the home fries, but not enough to eat them twice. And the white of the poached egg in my benny was not cooked in some places. All in all a mess and we'll never go back.

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169 out of 357 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointing-- DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE

By gilbey on 8/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

How this place made it on to any list, on ANY score, is beyond me. The service was at best workmanlike, but not one iota more --certainly not warm or solicitous. To say that the food was overpriced would be an understatement. The quality of the food presentation ( what else can I comment on since I had a simple brunch consisting of eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes, cappuccino and OJ) was strictly blah. The potatoes were greasy and had a reheated taste--read not fresh. The best item of the lot was the decaf cappuccino-- it was robust, tasty and foamy. I did lose some sleep wondering how the mostly young, faded jeans crowd that was brunching there could afford to do so, since few looked like buttoned-down investment bankers. Then it occurred to me that these were likely trust fund kids acclimating before the start of fall classes. In a nutshell: Do yourself a favor and stay away from this sub-par, overpriced dive. There is obviously hype driving the interest in this place, but DO NOT BELIEVE IT.

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166 out of 323 people found this review helpful.

"eh"

By Iliketoeat on 6/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

"eh" (((shrugs shoulders))) My Jewish grandma would not have been impressed. I liked the bathrooms, and not much more. Our sever ran around a lot, but refused to make eye contact with anyone at our table as she ran by appearing to be busy and apparently not getting much done. The entire place seemed to have this forced fake feel. Keep the postcard and bring me a hot coffee. Jeez. go to Ess-a if you're looking for a show?

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154 out of 335 people found this review helpful.

A Favorite

By christinah on 3/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Despite the McNally name and voracious weekend crowds, walking into Shillers always feels like stumbling upon a captivating and secret little world. The decor is transporting and thoughtful down to the last detail. I would go for the oysters alone, and even the "cheap" wines taste "good".

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175 out of 322 people found this review helpful.

Late Night Drinks Meet High-Brow Comfort Food

By ninak87 on 10/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Never had brunch here but for after-work drinks late on a Friday night, Schiller's transports you to New Deal-era New York. The ambiance is warm and sparkling: tin ceilings, subway tile, checkered floors and a beautifully-stocked bar full of beautiful people. Nevermind the above-average-looking clientele, the cocktails are fresh and perfectly mixed ($11). "First Snow" was infused with warm, wintery spices; strong, but not overly liquory. Beyond the unusually friendly service, food is served late into the night. The only downside is that the steady stream of socialistas and abundance of reflective surfaces makes maintaining a conversation nearly impossible. You might manage to stave off a hangover, but be prepared for the morning-after sore throat.

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