Cafe Katja

Cafe Katja

Austrian Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    lisa r.
    "Sausage sampler is the best deal in the house!!!"(8 Tips)
    Donna C.
    "Yummy spatzle, cute decor, and the nicest service ever!"(13 Tips)
    Catherine P.
    "Emmental sausage and the cheese Spätzle"(5 Tips)
    Isabelle Z.
    "a stein, a pretzel, and some schnitzels - perfect combination"(15 Tips)
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  • German food
  • pretzels
  • good for dates
  • sausage
  • beef goulash
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  • Howard W.
    Howard WongSeptember 5, 2013
    A great place to bring a date, nice ambiances, great German food and drinks. Their sausage sampler is taste great. Yes this comment is coming from a guy. Recommend their liverwurst side dish/snack
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 25, 2018
    Omelet with gruyere, sautéed spinach and mushrooms with roasted potatoes, crunchy toast and whipped butter $16. Good option for comfort food or when you can’t wait that long for Dudley’s
  • Jen D.
    Jen DigneyJanuary 13, 2013
    This place is outstanding! The cozy vibe makes it very welcoming. Loved the Eliminator cocktail and the marinated herring. They do not take reservations but you can call 20 minutes ahead
  • 🄵🄴🄻🄸🅇 d.heart icon on user image
    Portions are huge. If you're vegetarian try the cheese Spätzle, otherwise the Schnitzel. (Austrians / Germans eat more than just sausages!)
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolApril 13
    Excellent service! Interestingly run by Spanish speakers- at night they play Latin music. Food is so delicious- the schnitzel, bratwurst, and pretzel (a bit small). Their mustard was so spicy
  • Andres N.heart icon on user image
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    The bratwurst is simple and amazing! Great place for an intimate meal. They open up the big windows when the weather is nice out!
  • Catherine P.heart icon on user image
    Catherine PayantMarch 25, 2018
    Did someone just say “Apfelschorle”? YUM 😋 so happy I came here. Can also really recommend the Emmental sausage and the cheese Spätzle
  • Karl B.heart icon on user image
    Karl BergerOctober 28, 2019
    Great food in an attractive, comfortable setting. Excellent service. The Aufschnitt Teller is easily shared by two or three and includes absolutely superb pork belly.
  • Marmy
    MarmyMarch 1, 2018
    Deutche pub/bar/restaurant, where you can get beer in same size as in October fest in Deutcheland. And apple strudel is 🔝
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    Tim CernigliaJanuary 12, 2016
    Great & friendly service of delish Austrian comfort fare. I enjoy the Schnitzel and Austrian Lager here, in a neighborhood steeped in German history.
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TingDecember 19, 2015
    No worries, their brunch wouldn't disappoint you. Their french toast is amazingly crispy outside and so soft inside.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoOctober 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You cannot go wrong with their schnitzel or any of their sausage platters. Make sure to have some spätzle while you're at it!
  • Nicole F.heart icon on user image
    Nicole FormicaFebruary 2, 2018
    The beef goulash was really tasty! Big chunks of tender beef and spatzel slathered with a rich, meat sauce.
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezJune 7, 2019
    The liverwurst patte appetizer is a must. The Reuben easily feeds 3 or 4 people, huge and heavy dish.
  • Shanna N.heart icon on user image
    Shanna NevelzMarch 12, 2017
    Big beers and always fun times. Don't miss the blintz for brunch, with a side of mini-brats.
  • Alyssaheart icon on user image
    AlyssaApril 17, 2013
    Consistently the best and most lovingly prepared food, best ambiance-- best everything-- in the neighborhood or probably in downtown Manhattan entirely
  • Dorina Y.
    Dorina YuenAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Intimate space with happy staff. Love the red cabbage salad, meatballs, and can happy eat the sausage platter for two all by myself. Don't miss White Asparagus season.
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºFebruary 19, 2012
    The staff were very friendly. But the authentic Austrian food takes reign in this cute little Austria in the Lower East Side! A MUST! It's become our favorite! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
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    HolidayOctober 11, 2015
    Probably everything. Had elderflower lemonade and kale salad with schnitzel will be back for more!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 19, 2013
    If you're a liverwurst fan, definitely come here. Pair it with a pretzel or the sausage sampler, and you'll leave happy and full.
  • Pineapple F.heart icon on user image
    Pineapple FroyoApril 12, 2019
    Recommend the sausage sampler! All the sausages were tasty! Liverwurst appetizer was great too.
  • Caroline G.heart icon on user image
    Caroline GNovember 21, 2012
    The service, the food, you really can't go wrong. The spaetzle and pretty much any sausage on the menu are ridiculously amazing. If its your birthday, prepare for something special...
  • Alexandra F.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra FanningDecember 18, 2016
    Brunch is good get the creamed spinach and try the mini-brat
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The sausage plate for two is always a good bet, a plate piled high with sausages, pork belly and delightfully tangy quark dumplings. Read more
  • Jenna O.heart icon on user image
    Jenna Odett LaskinJanuary 31, 2012
    excellent austrian food and charming service - ruben sandwich is for 2 people, loved the spatzle, sausage sampler, pickle platter
  • Max K.
    Max KesslerAugust 21, 2014
    Good stuff here. Shnitz plate is pretty bonerrific. The cranberry sauce is drinkable. Wouldn't recommend the brat platter - kind of sloppy and boring. Beer selection is on point, solid pricing too.
  • Asia L.heart icon on user image
    Asia LindsayNovember 29, 2014
    Schnapps is my new favorite drink apparently. The food was great too- HUGE portions!
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºFebruary 19, 2012
    The staff were very friendly. But the authentic German food takes reign in this cute little Deutschland in the Lower East Side! A MUST! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jonathan M.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan MoroJuly 15, 2017
    Pretzel was pretty good. Sausage and sour kraut is my recommendation.
  • Anissaheart icon on user image
    AnissaMay 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Meatballs and schnitzel!!! Also get the white asparagus if they're in season
  • Kurkina A.heart icon on user image
    Kurkina AnnaOctober 26, 2019
    Food, service, drinks, atmosphere so simple and perfect
  • Ryan E.heart icon on user image
    Ryan EickMarch 27, 2018
    Really liked the decor and service, not to mention the food was excellent.
  • Karl H.heart icon on user image
    Karl HobartMay 29, 2015
    Try their extensive selection of schnapps with some white asparagus!
  • Kat
    KatMarch 10, 2013
    Delicious food - cheese spaetzle is to die for, great beers, and super friendly staff make Cafe Katja a neighborhood gem.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CampbellMarch 27, 2018
    Cheese stuffed sausage and beef goulash were exceptional.
  • Roniel T.heart icon on user image
    Roniel TesslerFebruary 7, 2016
    Solid German food. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. 😋
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZapataFebruary 15, 2014
    Best schnitzel in New York! (Also, don't miss the Kartoffel and cucumber salad, the pretzel, and the Spätzle.)
  • Audrey K.heart icon on user image
    Audrey KrassnitzerApril 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    White asparagus! And schnitzel. Always amazing.
  • Roman T.
    Roman TemkinMarch 24, 2016
    Great austrian food. First time trying it, was delicious!
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaMay 14, 2017
    The Wiener schnitzel is pork, but they do have a chicken schnitzel that's not on the menu for $19
  • Ava L.
    Ava LuJune 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The pretzel and spreads, Australian meatballs and smoke salmon with white asparagus is off the chart!!
  • Sandy L.
    Sandy LinJuly 25, 2011
    The austrian meatball entree is amazing - paired perfectly with mashed potatoes and veggies. A different style from The Meatball Shop but just as good! Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    A big bowl of soft buttery spatzle is dotted with snow peas and shiitake mushrooms while the seared salmon is unbelievably smoky Read more
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaMarch 22, 2012
    Amazingly friendly staff and delicious Austrian food (I daydream about it). Get the meatballs and wash them down with some bier.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 25, 2011
    Authentic Austrian food in the Lower East Side, get the sausage sampler, cheese Spätzle, and one of the Austrian beers on tap.
  • Donna C.heart icon on user image
    Donna ChanJanuary 28, 2013
    Perfect for a casual brunch to catch up with friends. Yummy spatzle, cute decor, and the nicest service ever!
  • Sergey S.
    Sergey ShmidtJune 8, 2013
    What to eat: Austrian meatballs or Emmentaler sausage. And of cause with beer. Kitchen start to cooking from 5 pm.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossOctober 21, 2014
    Try the cured meat appetizer. To die for!
  • Jordan W.
    Jordan WilkinsonSeptember 5, 2011
    Amazing food and service, sit at the bar and enjoy great beer or wine. Ate the pork ribs special, and drank Erdinger. Awesome.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 27, 2013
    Order a homemade pretzel with Liptauer cheese before feasting on the sausage platter.
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