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Cafe Sabarsky and Cafe Fledermaus

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I have found a couple online references to Cafe Fledermaus, which is allegedly located either in or near the Neue Galerie on 5th Avenue's Museum Mile.

I've dined at Cafe Sabrarky perhaps 5 or 6 times and am rather fond of the place. Surely I would have noticed had there been a *second* Austrian-themed cafe on the premises! Furthermore, I can't find any reference to "Fledermaus" on Neuegalerie.org

Then again, I haven't been for a year or so, so perhaps this Fledermaus place is new. Would someone please explain to me what's going down at the Neue and why they would need two cafes? C. Sabarsky never seemed overly busy when I was there...

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  1. There is a basement cafe at the Neue Gallery that opened within the last year. It may be called Fledermaus. I'd call the museum. I can tell you that it doesn't have the elegance and charm of Cafe Sabarsky, but I have not tried the food, so I can't weigh in on that front.

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    1. re: Desidero

      I recall being told while waiting in line for Cafe Sabarsky that the food downstairs is the same. Agree - the ambiance downstairs is quite sterile in my view.

    2. I guess it's true, and I find it very odd.

      Moreover, I don't like the name "Fledermaus." Isn't that the guy Britney Spears married?

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      1. re: Yaqo Homo

        Fledermaus means "bat" in German, and is also the name of a famous opera by Johann Strauss. Since Cafe Sabarsky is an Austrian-style restaurant, I presume they are honoring the Viennese Waltz King with the name.

      2. Çafe Fledermaus is an "extension" of Cafe Sabarsky, if you will. The menu is identical. It's in the basement. The decor is modern, more casual and more Wiener Werkstatte.

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        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Yup. Same food, less pretty room, right downstairs by the bathrooms, usually not as crowded with the ancients of days that populate the upstairs. The tables are ridiculously low to the ground, but, mein Gott! that coffee is so good and the desserts, well, I'd sit on the floor for them.

          1. re: jasmurph

            "...[A]ncients of days"?! Your ageism is quite creative. But just for the record, when we "ancients" managed to totter into Cafe Sabarsky, I did notice quite a few tables of young whippersnappers.

            1. re: RGR

              'Tis true. Though rather advanced ladies who lunch constitute Cafe Sabarsky's most conspicuous clientele, twenty-something art buffs (and chocolate cake hounds) are not an uncommon sight.

        2. I had lunch at Sabarsky a few months ago. I was surprised that even on Sundays the breakfast/brunch menu isn't served past 11am. The food was good but waaaaaaaay overpriced, and the cakes, while pretty, were nothing better than my German born Oma could make. Nice ambiance though.