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Dec 26, 2009 03:47 AM

GERMAN or AUSTRIA? Any good ones left in NYC?

I have a hankering for some good body warming German or Austrian food when I go in to the city next weekend?

any left ? please say there is....
and I meant to type AUSTRIAN...LOL

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  1. heidlberg in old germantown 86th and 2nd

    1. C'mon, it's Xmas.... go to Rolf's. The food's more than ok and the scene is worth every penny.

      1. Have not been, but Seasonal is a well-regarded Austrian resto just south of Central Park. Friends have said the wiener schnitzel is fantastic.

        1. I highly recommend Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, on 58th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs. Traveling well under the usual restaurant radar, it's truly a hidden gem that has been awarded a Michelin star -- justifiably so because the Austrian cuisine served there is superb! Service is welcoming and attentive, and the space has very pleasant ambiance.

          Photos of our meal can be seen here:

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          1. re: RGR

            On your recommendation we went to Seasonal for lunch Saturday and had one of the best restaurant experiences of 2009 there. The service was impeccable and the food utterly delicious. We had the (extremely softly) poached egg with mushroom foam, the salad with goat cheese, the veal cheek goulash with spaetzle, and the Tafelspitz, which was in such a good strong oxtail broth I asked for more. It was divine and came with two sauces, roesti potatoes, and very creamy puréed spinach. Desserts were v good too, a gingerbread semifreddo with blood orange and sugared almonds, and the chocolate hazelnut soufflé cake. Exactly what we wanted to eat on a dreary wet day. Very glad I saw reference to it here.

            1. re: buttertart

              Yeah... but did it have lots of lights, like Rolf's does???

              Ok everyone, mea culpa. The season got to me. I agree, the food at Rolf's isnt the thing. But the lights are worth a drink or two, no?

              note to self -- try Seasonal.

              1. re: Steve R

                No, very understated posh-ish modern decor. (Great wine list too, we had a very nice Austrian pinot noir.) Lights do have their attractions, especially now. And if Rolf's still has goose, we're there (once we've put paid to the one I cooked the 25th).

                1. re: buttertart

                  buttertart, Thanks for reporting back. I'm thrilled that you loved Seasonal. :)

                  Steve R,

                  I did wonder about your view of Rolf's food as it seemed strange that you would say it was good when that's certainly not the concensus.

                  I do think it's refreshing when a restaurant eschews the seasonal ornamentations (pun not intended). We had lunch at Tocqueville last week, and there were no decorations in the elegant dining room, imo, one of the most beautiful in NYC. (There were tiny pointsettia arrangements on the few tables in the bar area.) We got to talking with Chef/owner Marco Moreira, and when we mentioned it, he said that many patrons had actually thanked him for not having Christmas decorations in the dining room.

                  Absolutely, you must go to Seasonal. And, btw, I first read about Seasonal some time ago on MF when Sneakeater posted about it. :)

                  1. re: RGR

                    I'm always interested in what you have to say about restaurants, RGR. And the room at Seasonal - as is Tocqueville, where we had thought to go for Saturday lunch before reading about Seasonal - is beautiful (and undecorated for Christmas, very restful).

                    1. re: buttertart

                      I'm flattered, buttertart. Thank you! :)

          2. Lederhosen is surprisingly good. At first it appears to be a place that primarily is designed to appeal purely to beer drinkers but I've been very happy with the food. It can attract a youngish crowd so the back room can get a bit loud. I prefer to eat at the bar.

            Loreley is also pretty good. They do all the classic dishes well and the atmosphere is pleasant. Nice beer selection.

            Cafe Katja has a limited menu but it's good at what it does. It attracts a slightly older crowd (30s and 40s vs. 20s) so it's quieter than the other 2 places without being dull. It's a small place that can fill up so get there by 7:00.

            Rolf's was recently written up on Eater and the reviewer was't happy. His experience matched mine during my 2 visits. You'd do a lot better at any of the 3 places I recommended.

            Cafe Katja
            79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

            39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

            7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002