1048 5TH Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.781220 -73.960229
Mon, Wed 9 am-6 pm, Thurs-Sun 9 am-9 pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side
Good food, Good service, Long Line – I went to Cafe Sabarsky this past weekend. The wait was long. Very long. But I had heard so much about this place that I couldn't pass it up. After being seated by a very kind, but quite stressed, young lady, we took in the room and menu. Beautiful room. Our waiter was superb. He suggested a unique and wonderful wine I had never heard of called a "Rotgipfler"(he wrote it down for me). We were so happy with the wine, that we let him pick our meal. Squash Soup and Avocado/Crab Salad to start. Lamb Loin and Wiener Schnitzel second. And two cakes to die for. Best coffee I've ever had. I plan on comming back often. I just hope the line is shorter and my waited is there.
Art lovers take a break from Klimts and Klees at this authentic Austrian kaffeehaus. – In Short
Austrian and German art may lure the masses to the Neue Galerie, but this authentic Viennese cafe gives visitors a reason to linger. European tourists and cultured Upper East Siders line up for a marble-topped table in the elegant, wood-paneled room serving Kurt Gutenbrunner's Viennese specialties, from chestnut soup to sausage to spaetzle. The real attraction, however, are the coffees, piled high with schlag (whipped cream), and the eye-catching sweets like dark chocolate cake with apricot preserves.
A Blast from the Past? – Maybe it was the weather that day, but something about my whole experience chilled me to the bone. I remeber the desserts there being better than Vienna itself, but I didn't remember the service being an abomination. With a sea of tables to chose from, we were seated at an open table next to the booths. Alas! Within moments a booth opened up and we requested to move to it (no silverware or water at this point). We asked the waiter and we were informed that "the second [his word] you sit down you may not move again." The manager was requested, of course. "This is not a dancehall" the manager informed us three times. Dancehall? (It's not 1952 either and this is one slow dancehall.) They made "no exceptions" to the rule and we made no exceptions but to leave to the click of his heels toward the kitchen.
Great Desserts – Don't make the mistake of dropping in on the weekend during lunch hour...the 40 minute wait was more than an hour and by the time we thought of giving up, we had already invested too much time waiting...price you pay for visiting a museum cafe on the weekend (they handout complimentary brochures to pass the time !) The food is German/Austrian/Eastern Europeon...you know meat/potatoes/soup/salad or in this case sausages which were good, the egg salad sandwich was interesting... but skip the main course....the desserts are exquisite. Must try the peach cheesecake.. (light, fluffy, and nothing like the cream cheese variety you get everywhere else) the chocolate hazelnut cake was heavenly... the coffee was very good too...a little pricey for a cafe, I loved the ambience and the waitstaff is very helpful ( and opinionated!) if you can't make up your mind...
Charming Spot by the Met – I go here often when I'm up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, since it's just a few blocks away. The food is quite good, the location is great, and the place has a nice atmosphere and feel to it. Service is friendly also, but beware of one thing. While the desserts are very good, they can run out of a certain dessert at times. This happened to me, and while it's easy enough to pick some other tasty dessert on the menu, it is something to keep in mind.
Wonderful slice of Vienna – One of my favorite places for brunch on the Upper East Side, Cafe Sabarsky has delectable Austrian treats in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll think you've been transported into a chic coffeeshop in Vienna, with the elegant decor and polished service. Don't miss the streudel and the tasty sandwiches, or the coffee treats. Great location across from Central Park and also conveniently on the ground floor of the terrific Neue Galerie.
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