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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Schnitzel in Vienna


2. Where to Eat

Enjoy modern Viennese cuisine at Österreicher im MAK, left, and Ein Wiener Salon, right.  

For a mix of traditional and new-wave Viennese dishes, visit one of Helmut Österreicher's contemporary gasthauses, where moderately priced seasonal menus are served in elegant settings. At Österreicher im MAK, dishes are served below a massive chandelier made of empty wine bottles. Or eat in the cellar of the Vienna City Hall, where Österreicher opened his latest brasserie, Rathauskeller, earlier this year.

Reserve one of only 24 seats at the Ein Wiener Salon, a semi-private dinner party hosted by Sven Bader and Felix Strasser, where neo-baroque décor—candelabra, damask wallpaper, and a huge portrait of Maria Theresa with Bader’s face superimposed—is a cheeky backdrop for modern Viennese feasts prepared and served by the couple themselves.

Talk to strangers at the communal wooden table at Hollmann Salon, the nearly two-year-old restaurant housed in a former Cistercian Abbey that favors ascetic décor and an abundant locavore menu.

Published on Nov 19, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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