My Goodness.

Cafe Sabarsky, Saturday Afternoon

It is really Thursday already?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…and now Thursday. A steady stream of blur work. But productivity is good. Very good.

Here’s a little odd and end run-by of Saturday lunch. Hopefully (aka, when tax season is pau) I can muster up a full recap of this meal. Till then, a few photos and plenty of memories.

The morning opened with a sweet delivery of houjicha macarons and those awesome cheese shortbread from always cheerful Mitzy. I don’t think I know a single soul in the world with more energy and enthusiasm!

Apologies if I looked all crazy in the morning Mitzy – I literally rolled out of bed, down the stairs and onto the street, pajamas and all ^_^

Erica came by the apartment an hour later, and a bit after that, Justin showed up for his weekend trip from Yale.

We lazed around for a bit before heading to Cafe Sabarsky for a midday meal. Thankfully, we arrived just before the lunch rush. A short five minute wait and we were quickly seated.

To begin, espresso.

Bread and Butter.

Palatschinken Mit Räucherforelle & Oberskren: Crêpes with smoked trout & horseradish crème fraîche. Closer.

Bratwurst Mit Sauerkraut & Röstkartoffeln: Roasted sausage with Riesling sauerkraut & roasted potatoes.

The accompanying hot mustard! So good! So good! This was Erica’s dish, but it’ll be mine on our next visit.

Spätzle Mit Schwammerln, Erbsen, Mais & Estragon: Spätzle with wild mushrooms, peas, sweet corn & tarragon. Closer.

The word “spätzle” entered my vocabulary in the fall of 2005. I lived in LA/Claremont at the time and stopped in NYC for a weekend trip. Dinner plans were arranged at Balthazar, and while I cannot recall what I ordered, I do remember her dish. Or at least one component. There was chicken involved, I believe. Anyhow, I remembered the most important part. The crispy spätzle.

I was flipping out. Little noodly esque nubbins fried, fried! I had never seen or eaten anything like it. Delightful bliss upon first bite. Much like my first Claude croissant, and SSS banana pudding. Grandma’s dumplings, Boky’s chicken curry noodles, Hearth’s gnocchi and the gnudi from Spotted Pig. And I couldn’t even pronounce spätzle correctly.

I never managed to find my way back to Balthazar since 2005, nor have I had spätzle elsewhere until Sabarsky. So this meal was essentially my second taste of spätzle. Wonderful and warming, but I think I still prefer spätzle fried :)

Justin and I parted ways with Erica post-lunch. We dashed down to the Theater in hopes of catching a performance of Chicago. Alas, we had forgotten that Valentine’s Day would draw crowds to midtown and the theaters. What could we do but drowned our sorrows with an entertaining movie and a big bag of heavily buttered popcorn. Raisinets on the side.

Our dinner, hours later at Skyway, will follow in the next post ^_^

Oh! And…I bought my first DSLR :D Thank you Greg, for leading me through the ridiculous and fantastic maze that is B&H. [Update: dad phoned me to say that I’m holding that camera all wrong…clearly I have much to learn.]

Leaving you off with a couple links:
Zippy’s Chili. ohyes. ohgodyes.
Robyn’s post on Fuerza Bruta night.

Happy Thursday!

Cafe Sabarsky
1048 5th Ave
Inside Neue Gallerie
New York, NY 10028
(212) 288-0665

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Mmm that was my spatzel! you’re doing well, Kathy!!

  • K and S
    February 20, 2009

    I am thinking about getting a “big” camera…yours looks great! along with all that good food!

  • SicklyBug and Cassaendra
    February 20, 2009

    Hi Kathy,Grats on the new camera! Isn’t having a nice camera great? Pictures just seem to look crisper that it’s easy to take tons of pictures of everything! I got a Nikon D60 for xmas, so I’ve been looking for excuses to take pictures. It’s harder to sneak a camera in to a restaurant and be discrete. :PEnjoy taking eleventy billion pics! :)- Cassaendra

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 20, 2009

    Kat!OOooo you should!! I was debating over whether I should get one or not for the longest time. But it made sense to, given how often I (and I’m sure, you too!) use the camera ^_^ I carry my small point and shoot everywhere just for convenience, but if I know I’m going out somewhere special, then I’ll make sure to take the “big” one along :)Hey Cassaendra!Thanks! And congrats on your camera too! I love having this new camera, though carrying around extra weight sure does a number on your shoulder/neck after a while hehe. I do find myself craving to shoot photos of everything that passes my sight, and must seriously restrain myself from doing so, hehe. Am well on the path to eleventy billion and enjoying it all the way! :D

  • anonymous
    February 20, 2009

    Hi Kathy,I just found your blog from Robyn’s weblink, and I have been looking through your older posts as well. Gorgeous photos, and great to see your passion for food through this blog.Just two questions:1. Where do you get your gorgeous hats?2. How do you stay so slim when you eat so much? Anyway, keep writing! :)Diana

  • Mitch Weinstein
    February 20, 2009

    Have you ever tried the sptzle at Cafe Katja?Really delicious, available as a main course or a side dish. Not crispy, though.

  • anonymous
    February 23, 2009

    Hey Kathy,Sptzle are actually a specialty that I believe orinates in Schwaben (the region around Stuttgart) and seems to be well liked and known in the german speaking regions :)Normally they are not fried but freshly made and boiled. The only fried sptzle I know would be Ksesptzle – meaning sptzle fried with brown onions and cheese – or leftovers that are fried before eating them the next day. As I am german but not from this special region – if anybody has more knowledge regarding those – fire away :)Sonja

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