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May 17, 2007 11:54 AM

Cafe Mozart vs. Cafe Sabarsky

Now that it's a little chilly again, I've got a hankering for a steaming cup of rich Viennese coffee and a large slice of fat-making Dobostorte. Both Cafe Mozart and Cafe Sabarsky have been described as a Viennese Konditorei, which is a good start, but is one better than the other? Does one produce fantastic tortes and excellent coffees while the other is just a decent neighborhood bakery? Or will I have to check both out?

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  1. Cafe Sabarsky hands down. The desserts at Sabarsky are much more delicate while Cafe Mozart's I find too sugary and rich. If you're looking for specialty coffees (like Viennese) Sabarsky has a much better variety (Mozart doesn't really specialize in coffee as far as I recall).

    1. If you are going to Cafe Sabarsky, go on off hours because I tried to go there once on the weekend after visiting the Neue Galerie and there was a very long line. I took a peak in there and it appeared that everyone was eating full lunches, not just having coffee and dessert.

      1. Cafe Sabarsky. Don't worry about going on off hours--during peak times if you don't want to wait, you can always get the same fare at Cafe Fledermaus downstairs.

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        1. re: Lucia

          well,i'd hold out for a table upstairs (Sabarsky), granted the food is the same downstairs at Fledermaus, but the ambiance down there doesn't come close to matching the beautiful room with the large windows looking out onto the park...

          1. re: bothrops_asper

            how about night vs. day. single a ball versus the major leagues. did i chareacterize it well? sabarsky is special and you get a museum as a bonus

          2. re: Lucia

            How different is Fledermaus from Sabarsky? I've heard of it, but never seen the space so I don't know what to expect.

            Any recommendations on what to get at Sabarsky. We're talking desserts only here. It's just against my constitution to spend $25 on goulash.

            1. re: JungMann

              Cafe Fledermaus has modern design. It looks and feels more like a cafe than a restaurant, and the tables are very lowly--slightly uncomfortably so. On the upsides, full menu available, quiet, and you can take your time.

              1. re: Lucia

                The one time I went down to check out Cafe Fledermaus, my impression was that of being in a basement cafeteria. If it were upstairs, with windows and sunlight, it might have been ok, but I'd rather either wait in line for Cafe Sabarsky, or go elsewhere. I

              2. re: JungMann

                the streudel is a signature dish, it's a must. we actually just had some at the taste of tribeca(blau gans) same pastry chef. wow!