MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
This unbridled Viennese-style café feels almost smoky and well-worn, but never out of touch. Its walls are papered with vintage movie posters, while banquettes and tables dominate the dining space. Blaue Gans' strong and loyal following (an increasingly rare feat in this city) is comprised of locals engaging in familiar banter at the bar or communal table. Everyone is here for the comfort-leaning Austrian cooking. Crêpes, for instance, stuffed with creamy smoked trout are offset by the crunchy balance of green apple and a smear of chive-flecked horseradish cream. Other classic treasures include pork Jäger schnitzel with mushrooms, bacon and herbed spätzle; or classic kavalierspitz accompanied by creamed spinach and sweet-tart apple horseradish.