Written by Salvatore DiBenedetto [@TheGrubfather]
Revamping a well known space is a hard task, but who better than Long Island’s own Matt Prince. An operating force behind iconic establishments like Bogarts and Chrebet’s, Prince knew changing Roslyn’s notorious Chalet and turning it into his own vision wouldn’t be easy – but it’d be worth it.
“There’s something really inspiring about the space” Prince says, “From bottom floor to top, it’s really just awesome.” Admittedly, I had never been to the building prior to Matt’s revamp. However, the space I stood in was impressive:
Downstairs: Uncle Steve’s Tavern. A dimly lit, low-key, wrap around bar dedicated to Prince’s Uncle, Steven Nichols, once owner of K-Swiss sneakers and a significant mentor to Prince throughout his life.
Main Floor: The party rooms. At the core of Vienna you’ll find a beautiful bar, fire places, a large lounge/dance space and a noble sized deck.
Upstairs: The VIP area. A small, chic space that serves as the perfect size for 10-15 guests to escape the party.
“It was really important for me to make Vienna a place where people can celebrate anything: From a cool date night to a wedding party. People on the Island are looking for ways to experience Manhattan without actually going there, well, here you have it.”
Though Vienna is set up to be one of the North Shore’s most happening lounges, it’s got something really important by its side: Great food. Prince made sure of that.
“Being a great bar is awesome but we wanted to kick it up a notch with an incredible food selection.” Prince says enthusiastically.
I see where he’s taking it as I make my way through some of the grub. The lobster grilled cheese is inventive and the steamed dumplings on a bed of light noodles are great. The real winner though? Something I can’t stop thinking about: Hot, Brie stuffed pretzels with a fig jam dunk on the side. I’ve always been a fan of this flavor combo but Vienna did it right. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
Vienna’s set up combined with Prince’s passion have it poised as a force to be reckoned with on the North Shore. My suggestion? Take the time to visit Vienna on a night out with friends, go hungry but not starving and order your choice libations. It’s a great place to know especially for those who are planning to host events and just as valuable for those looking to have a fun night out.
A: 1 Railroad Avenue, Roslyn, New York