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Cocktail menu feature: Wallsé restaurant

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Wallsé restaurant

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On a perfect night in NYC, I visited a German, and Austrian inspired restaurant in the west village called Wallsé (located in the West Village neighborhood, 344 W. 11th St) Once inside Leo the wine director who showed me to my seat by the bar greeted me. At the bar was a tall guy with the perfect bartender look ready to serve up some drinks. This bartender’s name is Nickolaus, make sure when you visit that you ask for him, he’s amazing.

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I started my night with the Karotte, which has Tequila, limejuice, Agave, carrot juice and Tabasco. This drink seems simple but it takes your taste buds through a roller coaster, first you taste the sweetness, then you taste the carrot after that it finishes off with the Tabasco spice flavor. You literally go through all three levels of taste every time you take a sip. The second drink the “Gurke” had Tito vodka, cucumber water, lemon and elderflower syrup. This drink has the potential to be super sweet but the cucumber water cuts some of the sweetness out and gives it a nice balance. For those who love cocktails with bitters, the “Bitters” drink is perfect, lastly the “Pepper Tomato” wasn’t the best drink but according to Nickolaus it’s the drink Wallsé is known for, for me though its too peppery. Absolut Pepper vodka, Tabasco, celery salt and tomato water, I don’t know about you but I found it to be too one sided, but again if heat and spice is what you like then this drink may work for you.

Now you can’t have drinks with out some food, and the food at Wallsé was delicious. The spätzle with braised rabbit and wild mushrooms and slow cooked salmon with cucumbers and horseradish was divine to say the least as well as the sea scallops with pineapple, tomato and yellow curry sauce. Those two appetizers are a must have with any cocktail.

Wallsé is in a great location, its intimate, and perfect for conversations and couples, as a matter of fact when I visited it was nothing but couples. The drinks were great and the food was equally awesome. The pricing as well is reasonable considering the location, they just included a special Easter menu for Sunday, April 20th that features three courses for $68 per person and $34 for children 10 and under, the restaurant welcomes reservations beginning at noon. Reservations can be made by calling (212) 352-2300 or for more information on Wallsé, visit www.kg-ny.com/wallse. Take a look at the Easter menu below:

White Asparagus with Spring Peas, Tomatoes

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Lobster Ravioli, Ramps, Chanterelles

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Pea Soup with Mint and Young Garlic Croutons

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Roasted Lamb with Green Asparagus, Fingerling Potato Puree

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Slow Cooked Salmon, Sauerkraut, Morels, Sherry

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Wiener Schnitzel with Potato-Cucumber Salad, Lingonberries

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Quark soufflé with Strawberries

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Rhubarb Strudel with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Mozart Kugel, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Nougat Parfait

For more cocktail ideas and events click on #Drinks. Cheers and Salute!

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