Österreicher im MAK, Vienna
Tel: 43 1714 0121
Concierge.com's insider take:
This would qualify as one of the grandest of Vienna's grand cafés if it didn't go one step further and offer a serious, contemporary menu as well. Aligned with the Museum of Applied Art (MAK) and sitting next door to it, in a cavernous room capped by painted ceilings, the epic brasserie is jammed every night. Expect an exuberant mix of bobos, artists, and style-hounds—because it does things right. That starts with its seamless mix of old-and-new-school decor (brown leather banquettes, MAK-designed tableware, a chandelier made of empty wine bottles) and carries through to the menu created by local star chef Helmut Österreicher. The left side of the menu is devoted to classical Viennese signature dishes, such as beef goulash with bread dumplings, while the right side counters with the chef's updated venison served with juniper-rosemary dumplings. Just don't forget the Tafelspitz: Anyone who can make boiled beef taste this good deserves his toque.
Open daily 8:30 am to 11:30 pm.