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Viennese Food

   
 

Have a Foreign Affair this Winter!

   

 

  

 

As winter approaches, forget about macaroni and cheese and pot roast.  For a stylish twist on comfort food, think Viennese!  Viennese food is intimately linked to the Austrian climate and its culture - bitterly cold winters and Vienna's status as a cultural capital and the center of a multiethnic Empire.

Our favorite Viennese entrée is Wiener Schnitzel, the Austrian relative of Veal Milanese.  The dish can be accompanied by a simple cucumber salad or an Erdäpfelsalat - a delicious mixture of boiled potatoes, red onions, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil.  Tafelspitz or boiled beef brisket cooked with carrots, leeks and onions and served with roast potatoes and sour cream mixed with horseradish is another simple and satisfying meal.  Goulash, imported from the Hungarians, when accompanied by fresh black or peasant bread is a meal unto itself.  

We recommend finishing off your meal with that most Viennese of desserts - Kaiserschmarrn - literally "the Kaiser's mishmash."  This dessert was named for Emperor Franz Joseph.  Kaiserschmarrn is a caramelized pancake made from a batter of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, nuts, cherries, raisins, and salt that is baked in butter.  The pancake is then cut into small pieces and topped with either powdered sugar and apple sauce or cream.  Kaiserschmarrn is also perfect for brunch.  Other Viennese sweets include Apfelstrudel, Sachertorte (a chocolate cake with apricot jam), or chocolate rolls filled with whipped cream.  

Given Vienna's historic role in Mitteleuropäisch culture, it's appropriate that two of New York's best Viennese restaurants are linked to revered cultural institutions.  Visit the outstanding collection of Austrian Art at the Neue Gallerie on 86th and Fifth Avenue before dining in high fashion in the beautiful wood-lined Café Sabarsky downstairs (you can also have a Viennese coffee and enjoy an afternoon piano recital).  Across from BAM, be sure to try Thomas Beisl, an old-world stube-style restaurant that is perfect for a cold winter's night. 

 

Dine: Cafe Sabarsky, 

Dine: Thomas Beisl 

 

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