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Blaue Gans

7/10

Blaue Gans is an Austro-German ‘wirtshaus’ in Tribeca that also doubles as a museum to vintage art posters!? Who knew! Blaue Gans is delightfuly unlike most other restaurants in Tribeca – unadorned food that brings new meaning to the expression ‘stick to your ribs’. I was born in Austria and I’ve never been (back) so for me this was a little trip to the birth-land.

The space itself is fabulous – one large room, vaulted ceiling and walls plastered with vintage movie and art posters.

Now, to the food. Vegetarians need not apply. The menu is very sausage-, schnitzel- and seafood-heavy. We tried the Wiener Schnitzel (a pounded, battered and fried piece of veal) that came with a refreshing potato salad. Next time I go back I’m ordering a side of just the potato salad – anybody else as obsessed with dill as I am will also love it.

I may or may not have had to crop out the chunk I took out of the potato salad.

I had the Jager Schnitzel (pounded and pan seared veal with spatzle in a creamy sauce) – an extremely rich dish. Spatzle is not a very common menu item and I love it, so I make sure to order it whenever I can. The Bar Room at The Modern serves an amazingly delicate version of spatzle and each piece is the size of a pea, but I digress. My schnitzel was perfectly cooked and the spatzle was tasty, the only thing I would have changed was the amount of creamy sauce in the dish, it was a bit overwhelming.

Somebody throw that schnitzel a life vest.


A really neat restaurant in a great location. They have a full bar with a great selection of beers – I can imagine this is a great spot for dinner. I will definitely be going back, especially to try their pretzels!

Blaue Gans
139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013 – map
http://kg-ny.com/blaue-gans

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  • Griffer February 21, 2012, 11:32 am

    I will be taking my wife to Blaue Gans the next time we are up in NY. Austria is our favorite European country. Hopefully we will be going back this year. Love the blog.

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