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First Look at Café Kristall, Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Swarovski Restaurant

Photo: Melissa Hom

On November 15, the Wallsé chef will open Café Kristall in the Soho Swarovski store. (It's in soft-open-mode now, with limited hours and no liquor.) As you might expect, it's all clean lines and sparkly surfaces inside. And a look at the menu reveals that the food is exactly the kind of simple more-fit-for-lunch-than-dinner fare — Caesar salad, salmon with Riesling sauce — you'd expect a Michelin-starred chef to cook in a crystal shop. Keep reading for the full menu, a look at the dining room, and some of the dishes.

Salads
Octopus carpaccio with black olives and limes, 11
Yellowtail with avocado, tomatoes and spicy marinade, 13
Red beet terrine with horseradish mousse and organic greens, 10
Baby spinach salad with mandarin-ginger-marinade, 9
Caesar salad with slow cooked egg and crispy parmesan, 10
Crabmeat with marinated fennel and tomato vinaigrette, 12

Soup
Wild mushroom soup with "Tiroler Speckknödel," 8
Spicy goulash soup with potatoes, 8
Chicken consommé with semolina dumplings, 8

Pasta
Spätzle with shrimp and broccoli, 16
Quark cheese ravioli with sautéed spinach and hazelnut butter, 15
Fetuccini with cooked ham, parsley, cream and Bibb lettuce, 14

Meat
Wiener Schnitzel with parsley potatoes, lingonberries and cucumber salad, 25
Chicken strudel with marinated leeks, sour cream and chives, 22
Venison loin with chestnuts and Brussels sprouts, 28

Fish
Scottish salmon with creamed spinach and Riesling sauce, 22
Monkfish medallions with polenta and port wine figs, 24

Sandwiches
Spicy egg with cornichones and paprika and organic greens, 10
Smoked salmon with cream cheese and scallions and organic greens, 12

Desserts, 6
Kristalltorte
Biscuit cuillere, strawberrry and champagne mousse, strawberry compote
Apple Strudel
Apples, walnuts, rum and schlag
Sachertorte
Classic Viennese chocolate cake
Topfentorte
Quark cheesecake mousse, poached pears, vanilla biscuit, white chocolate décor
Mozartkugel
Sphere of dark chocolate mousse, nougat parfait, pistachios, chocolate streusel
Fruchttarte
Sable cookie, frangipane, seasonal fruit
Esterhazy
Almond biscuit, vanilla cream, almond macarons
Exotische Fruchttorte
Coconut dacquoise, passion fruit cream, exotic fruit mousse

Cookies, 2.50
Macarons Almond cookies with various fillings
Linzeraugen Hazelnut sable cookies with raspberry jam
Florentiner Citrus and nut caramel cookies with chocolate

Café Kristall, 70 Mercer St., nr. Broome St.; 212-274-1500

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