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Lower East Side

This Emmy Award-Winning Chef Has An Austrian Restaurant on the LES

  • Dessert
  • Drinks
  • Food

Comfort food is more than fries and cheese at Café Katja—an upscale Austrian restaurant set in a rustic, brick-walled space on the Lower East Side. The menu is inspired by recipes Chef Erwin Schröttner’s mother cooked for him at home and features Austrian dishes like wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, herring and cabbage. Wash your meal down with a glass of vintage Austrian wine or a Bavarian beer and definitely have a pretzel. The cocktail list has a few interesting options if you’re craving something harder. Bonus: get in the mood beforehand and watch Chef Erwin illuminate the influence of German/ Central European cuisine on American palates in Emmy award-winning show, Erwin Cooks.

If you love pie—and who doesn’t—Petee’s Pie Company, which New York Magazine said has the “best pie in New York,” is a must-visit. Sourced from local, fresh, organic ingredients and natural fair-trade sweeteners, these pies are homemade and undeniably superior to most other pies you’ll ever try. It makes sense; Petee—Petra Paredez—is the daughter of renowned pie-makers and owners of Mom’s Apple Pie Company in Leesburg, Virginia. Try one of their best-sellers—sour cherry or salty chocolate chess pie—or go for something a little different—coffee & cream pie or perhaps, for you nut lovers, a maple whiskey walnut pie. If a whole 9-inch pie is too big for your needs or you want to sample a few different flavors, grab a couple minis. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. This bakery is open late, which is a rarity: midnight on weekdays and Sunday night and until 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Café Katja

79 Orchard Street, Manhattan

Petee’s Pie Company

61 Delancey Street, Manhattan

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