The cafe at Neue Galerie (photo above) is a faithful recreation of an old world Viennese coffeehouse, with dark wood elegance and furnishings evoking the early 20th century when Austrian Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, whose work is featured in the museum, were at their creative heights.
Chef-owner Kurt Gutenbrunner feeds patrons authentic Wiener schnitzel and apple strudel as good as my Alsatian grandmother made, Sachertorte, cafe mit schlag (coffee with real whipped cream) and other savory and sweet specialties.
Neue Galerie, founded by cosmetic heir, art collector and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder, is across the street from the Met on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile.
- Café Fledermaus, on the lower level of the Neue Galerie, is inspired by Austria’s Cabaret Fledermaus, commissioned by Fritz Waerndorfer and executed by the artisans of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1907, with period furniture. It serves the same lunch and dinner menu as Café Sabarsky, and offers the same gourmet coffee and fine patisserie.