Early-20th-century German and Austrian art and design are the focus here, with works by Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Egon Schiele, Josef Hoffman, and other designers from the Wiener Werkstätte taking center stage. The Neue Galerie was founded by the late art dealer Serge Sabarsky and cosmetics heir and art collector Ronald S. Lauder. It's situated in a 1914 wood- and marble-floored mansion designed by Carrère and Hastings, which was once home to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III. An audio guide is included with admission. Note that children under 12 are not admitted, and teens 12–16 must be accompanied by an adult. Café Sabarsky, in an elegant, high-ceiling space below the Neue Galerie, is a destination in its own right, for their Viennese coffee, cakes, strudels, and Sacher tortes (Monday and Wednesday 9–6, Thursday–Sunday 9–9). If you seek something more than a sugar fix, the savory menu includes trout crepes and Hungarian goulash. Café Fledermaus, on the lower level of the museum, offers the same menu as Café Sabarsky. Admission is free from 6–8pm on the first Friday of every month.
Dec 21, 2008
Here's another small but attractive New York museum in an opulent former mansion, its collection dedicated to German and Austrian painting, sculpture, and decorative art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Has some worthwhile canvases and drawings by Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele. Still, very pricey given its small scope.