Fodor's Expert Review Neue Galerie New York
Early-20th-century German and Austrian art and design are the focus here, with works by artists Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Egon Schiele, as well as Josef Hoffmann 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 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. Children under 12 are not admitted, and teens 12–16 must be accompanied by an adult. Café Sabarsky, in an elegant, high-ceiling space on the first floor, is a destination in its own right for Viennese coffee, cakes, strudels, and Sacher tortes. Admission is free 6–9 pm on the first Friday of the month.