June 3, 2012

Café Sabarsky: Austrian Food Adventure

I've been meaning to make my way to the Upper East Side to visit the Museum Mile.  I finally got around to doing so this weekend and took advantage of the opportunity to visit Café Sabarsky.  This place is known for very long waits,  however a table was available within 15 minutes.  This café is incredibly charming, very much what I imagine a Viennese café to be.
Wiener Schnitzel with Potato-Cucumber Salad & Lingonberries
I started off with the Wiener Schnitzel served with a potato-cucumber salad and lingonberries.  The veal was thinly pound, the breading was perfectly crusty (not greasy at all).  This was not a new dish for me, so I knew what to expect.  However, it was great to taste it with the lingonberries and the potato-cucumber salad.  The lingonberries were quite tart.  The potato-cucumber salad was really interesting: it didn't feel heavy like traditional potato salads.  The pickled cucumbers had a very refreshing taste and I thought I tasted dill in there, there was definitely some spice to it.  This is probably one of those dishes I'll try to recreate at home.
Sachetorte & Milchkaffee
For dessert, I had the famous Sachetorte and Milchkaffee (cafe latte).  The Sachetorte is a very dense dark chocolate cake with a thick chocolate icing on the top and on the side.  It also has apricot jam, however I only tasted this in the wider end of the cake slice (which was fine with me, as it was too sweet for my taste).  I expected this cake to be incredibly dry, but it actually wasn't.  The chocolate cake was really rich, but the best part of the cake for me was the icing on the top.  I could have had a cake made just of icing, it was sooooo good.  The latte, was a regular latte nothing memorable about it...but then again I was enjoying the chocolate too much to think of anything else.

I'm so glad I finally made it to this part of Manhattan, this was a scrumptious food adventure.  Until next time, Buen Provecho!

Café Sabarsky
1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street)
New York, NY
Phone: 212.288.0665
Closest Subway Stop: 86th Street/Lexington Avenue (4,5,6)