Cafe Sbarsky: Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
I came here for the first time after recommendations by a friend I met in grad school. Her parents had long moved from Baltimore to NYC and this was relatively near both of where we are staying. Truth be told, I am not familiar at all with European cuisine, much less that of Austria or Germany. However, she sold me on their dessert selection. Coincidentally, we were right in between the breakfast and lunch hour. The things I got to try include:
- quark fruit tart
Borscht: a sour soup that Wiki says is actually Eastern European in descent.
– filling and hearty
– not overwhelmingly seasoned or salty
– good chunks of meat
– went well with the borscht
– a bit on the grainy side regarding the broth: again, I’m not familiar with this sort of cuisine but this may not be a con, more of a notation.
– very soft and fluffy, almost seemed freshly made
– light cheese sauce
– can taste the butter but it didn’t upset the stomach with too much oil and fat
– not much flavor in and of itself, recommended to be eaten with the borscht soup.
Quark fruit tart: Quark cheese is a type of cheese similar to cottage cheese. I actually really love this type of cheese much more than cream cheese or cottage cheese.
– not overwhelming
– light fluffy and filling but not overbearingly heavy like a cheesecake
– good amount of fruit on top
I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves a good European dessert. It is best to come right before the lunch hour as the place gets pretty packed. Yelp now says that it does reservations which is fantastic! I’d definitely come here again and pluses if you can get a window seat to people watch! In summary:
- borscht: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
- quark fruit tart: **** (4 stars)
You can find them here at the ground level of the Nieu Gallery in the Upper East Side:
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028