Coffee is served on a silver tray. Let’s just start there. You’ll feel like you’re in a scene from Inglorious Basterds (it’s a good thing). The coffee comes from Julius Meinl in Vienna. Yea, like not Vienna New Jersey. Vienna as in Austria. Did I mention a little something called the Kaiser Melange ($5)? Oh, that’s just their fresh ground coffee with whipped cream. Maybe the BEST THING YOU’LL EVER HAVE. When your waiter is walking towards you with a Kaiser Melange on a silver platter, this may be the moment you realize you’re not in Starbucks anymore.. And in case you’re caught wondering, the Sabarsky Heiße Schokolad ($6.50), otherwise known as house made Viennese hot chocolate with whipped cream should also be ordered. It’s hard to go wrong with anything on this menu, but let me insist you order the Apfelstrudel ($8). Described on the menu as just apple strudel, but it’s really impossible to describe how far above amazing this is. It’s in the top 5 pastries I’ve ever had. Even the chocolate covered almonds ($3) are far beyond what you would expect. They’re not so much covered, as maybe dusted? Fabulous though. Just go here. Order. As Colonel Hans Landa would say, “Ah! Wait for the cream!”
A time warp to another place and time, found.
Tip: Go on a weekday. There’s usually a 15 minute wait on the weekend.
Tip: Make a day of it. Go to the Met, stroll or ride through the park, and end up at Cafe Sabarsky.
1048 5th Avenue