131 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
at Norfolk St.
By GRcirca1985 on 8/6/2008
After being dragged around from one tacky, pretentious bar after another, I was nothing less than ecstatic to arrive at Schiller's. Granted I am partial to Futura extra bold and anyone who shares my typographic proclivities, the decor is first rate--everything you'd expect from a McNally joint. A Saturday night, the place was buzzing with activity--lively but not overwhelming. We managed to get a table right away and were promptly greeted by one of the staff for our drink orders. My buddy ordered a double Dewar's on the rocks which ended up being a full glass of whiskey--generous doesn't cover it. That, the two pitchers of Sangria, and several additional shots came out to under $80. Between four people it was a bargain (for Manhattan, mind you). There were no bridge-and-tunnelers, the wait staff was friendly, and the ambience was brilliant. I'm looking forward to trying the food.
By EBITDAmargin on 5/11/2008
Service was attentive but felt a bit rushed. Staff actually was pretty friendly and professional. The food was good, for what it was.
By girardasse on 12/14/2007
Very living place. As a liquor bar, the decor consists in a pile of bottles, simple tables and a bar where people are eating (no wonder it's a bit noisy sometimes). A nice atmosphere doesnt make a nice restaurant, fair enough the dishes are good and not overpriced (I really don't understand some reviews below since everything is under 20$). Cool spot for brunch!
By circle9ine on 12/11/2007
If you like eating overpriced fair-to-middling food with some stripey-shirted bridge&tunneler's ass in your face, you will frickin' LOVE Schiller's! The LES is a hotbed of good food these days. Schiller's is nothing to write home about. For the same buck you could get a lot more bang within one block in any direction. And seriously - WTF is up with having a bouncer at the door? What LES restaurant or bar does that? That's retarded. Is Jay-Z hanging out in there? Are they, like, some "exclusive" scene or something? No. They're an overpriced restaurant with a decently priced wine list, that's all. You wanna pay $14 for a cubano when you could get one that's bigger AND better for $10 less two blocks away - hey, man, be my guest.
By RoninVP on 4/17/2007
Coming from DC with our posh hot spots, pretentious wine bars, and dingy clubs faking Miami, this was a relief. Led by a soon to be Master Sommelier, we arrived late after diner around 11:30 to this dimly lit, hospital tiled room with staggered lamps. The drinks (tequila sidecars) were amazing, atmosphere was studio like, with dancing girls and "Fight Club" lighting. A place for everyone if you like change and are comfortable with it. If not,... continue to be pompous and safe with your day to day choices. Cheers to Shiller's!
By lovely on 12/6/2005
The service we had this past Saturday night was beyond horrible. It took 30 minutes, yes 30, before our rude waiter took our drink order and it just got worse from there. It's got a cool look and vibe, but our experience was downright awful!
By mjh38 on 12/16/2004
I understand that the 'hip' lower east side is the place to be nowadays. Besides being truly beautiful in decor & athmosphere (if you disregard the waiting crowds' coats and butts dangling over the edge of your tiny table) there is unfortunately not much positive to say for Schillers. The food is fine. Nothing to write home about, HOWEVER: HOW in New york's dining world this restaurant made it into the CHEAP EATS sections is absolutely beyond me. Majorly overpriced with lackluster harried & less-than-attentive service, Schiller's value lies on the entertainment front: The game of "spot that plastic surgery" gets plenty of hits in this joint.
By bunny27 on 10/19/2004
I love Balthazar and Pastis...BUT if it;s a choice between Pastis and Schiller's ...i think Schillers is the clear choice. Food just as good..more bang for your buck. Trendy still..more of a hipster crowd than a "im too sexy" Pastis crowd...which makes it even better. Service could improve. BUT what would an east village restaurant be without bad service?
By marieviljoen on 8/2/2004
Again and again. We come to worship at the McNallian alter. With offerings of garlic shrimp and Cheap Wine. With bread better than any bread anywhere. With signature lighting that makes us more gorgeous than we are. Thank you for opening on the East Side, Keith. It's like coming home.
By Victoise on 4/20/2004
Love it, absolutely. Went last night, first time. Everything was tasty even when it didn't at first look it. My husband thought the steak looked pretty unimpressive, it just got better and better as we ate it. The Welsh rarebit looked like a half grilled cheese but upon the first bite I was blown away by the beery wonderfully strong cheese taste. The waitress described everything absolutely right on. The mussels had the best creamy sauce I've had on mussels. All the staff, including maitre d' were polite and sweet. The only negative I can come up with is the noise after 9. I prefer it a little empty, earlier at 7 is nice. Can't wait to go back.