Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,1907
Just as Klimt’s renditions of the human body are a pleasure to the eye, so is the architecture of the Neue Galerie itself. Built in 1914 by Carrère & Hastings—the same architectural firm that designed the New York Public Library—and renovated by Anna Selldorf in advance of the museum’s opening in 2001, the Neue boasts a beautiful stone façade complemented by a stunning wood-paneled interior. Nowhere is the quaint, European Beaux-Arts atmosphere better displayed than in Café Sabarsky, the small Austrian restaurant located on the ground floor. (Café Fledermaus is located downstairs and, although featuring the same menu, lacks the atmosphere of Café Sabarsky.) Savor the delicious Austrian food and admire the large windows, marble fireplace and crystal chandelier. Don’t forget to order dessert! The Sachertorte—a classical Viennese cake of dark chocolate and apricot confiture—is a favorite, but you really can’t go wrong.