Café Sabarsky, NYC

April 14, 2015

The Café Sabarsky, in the Neue Galerie, New York’s jewel box museum of Austrian and German art, is designed to resemble an early twentieth-century Viennese café and includes objects from that period. Linda and I went for dinner on March 19, 2014, with Ron and June.

Having already enjoyed a Riesling apéritif at our nearby apartment, we ordered a bottle of
2008 Blaufränkisch “Chevalier” – Oak Barrel
Weingut Iby, Burgenland.
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This Austrian red wine was substantial and complemented the cuisine.

The bread basket arrived.
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Ron and I started with bowls of
Kastaniencremesuppe mit Wiener Melange
Chestnut Cream Soup with Viennese Mélange
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This had a lovely chestnut flavor. 

We went on to the main courses; June had:
Kleines Wr. Schnitzel mit Erdäpfel Gurkensalat & Preiselbeeren
Small Wiener Schnitzel (veal) with Potato-Cucumber Salad & Lingonberries
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Her comment was: “They really know how to cook  this.”

Linda had
Ungarisches Rindsgulasch mit Spätzle
Hungarian Beef Goulash with Fresh Herbed Spätzle
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The goulash featured plenty of good, fresh paprika. The spätzle were a bit mushy.

Ron and I each had
Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut & Rösterdäpfel
Roasted Bratwurst with Riesling Sauerkraut, Roasted Potatoes & Dijon
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The bratwursts were nicely roasted to a crisp.

The ladies were planning just to share a
Marmor – Guglhupf
Marble Ring Cake
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But they were also offered a complementary
Frischer Frucht-Streuselkuchen
Fruit Crumble Tarte
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Both disappeared.

Ron’s dessert was
Classic Viennese dark Chocolate Cake, Apricot Confiture
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The rich, dark chocolate is traditional. 

Mine was
Chocolate and Rum Cake
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The marzipan layer below the dark chocolate icing and the rum in the chocolate mousse made this complex and good.

We enjoyed our meal for its authenticity. The dessert pastries were the highlight, of course. The main courses are prepared in the kitchen of Wallsé, Café Sabarsky’s sister Viennese restaurant downtown and reheated, which has its limits: the mushiness of the spätzle and the potatoes, for example. But the goulash doesn’t suffer at all. The service and pace were very good and the noise level appropriately low.

The Café Sabarsky’s website:


To see my blogpost on our breakfast at the Café Sabarsky seven years ago, click here.


One Response to “Café Sabarsky, NYC”

  1. This reminds me of Fisher’s,, an Austrian restaurant in central London. Heather and I had dinner there last December and we felt as if we were back in Vienna where both of us lived and worked years ago.

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