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Wolfgang's: what a disappointment!

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Wolfgang's: what a disappointment!

newsjoke | Aug 20, 2004 11:41 PM

So, after hearing all the "it's as close as it gets to Luger's in Manhattan" comments, we finally tried Wolfgang's tonight. Here it is, course by course:

The onion rolls: not bad, but not crusty enough.

The Caesar salad: very good.

The shrimp cocktail: a split decision; I thought the (four) giant shrimp were flavorful; my tablemates thought them tasteless.

The sliced tomato and onions: great tomatoes, overly sharp onions.

The slice of bacon: delicious, once one separated the (tiny slivers of) meat from the (massive strips of) fat.

The crabcake: not bad, not great.

The creamed spinach: not bad, but where was the "cream"?

The German potatoes: the ones that were browned enough were great; the once that weren't were just greasy.

THE MEAT (steak for three, medium rare): way too chewy, and rather flavorless. Hence, this was (naturally) the biggest contributor to our overall disappointment.

Dessert: after eating everything you saw above, there just wasn't any room.

The service: one of the bartenders, Chris, was a great guy. However, despite being put on a list and promised a wait of less than half an hour, Wolfgang left us at the bar for a full hour before I finally went up and asked him about our table, after which he immediately seated us in 2/3 half-empty back room. Was this an oversight, or was he waiting for us to run up a maximal bar tab? I honestly don't know.

Conclusion: about the only advantages this place has over Luger's is that it takes credit cards, it's got at least one friendly bartender, and it's easy to get to (if you live in Manhattan). Meanwhile, it's got a myriad of DIS-advantages.

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