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Posted by Hiram Dorsten on 08/18/2011
with the new trend of Schnitzels everywhere, I have tried this dish in it's various incarnations, as veal, pork, chicken etc. all over the city. Cafe Steinhof wins the competition hands down. Light fluffy airy crust over thinly pounded pork loin, delicious cucumber salad as it should be, and parsley potatoes brought me right back to my student years in Vienna. Great beer selection, too, and very gracious service.
Posted by benji627 on 03/05/2010
Happened to walk by this ancient looking place after a movie at the park, and boy what a pleasant surprise. tasty Middle European fare, no fuss, friendly staff, and a huuuge Schnitzel, which has become a staple on my diet lately. Steinhof does it well, and I also love their dessert crepes. Will be back. Often.
Posted by Seasoned Slopers on 10/27/2009
Have been in the slope for the past eight years and have been here about four times. Time to write a review. Keep giving this place a chance because of its location, ambiance, and well, how often do you eat German/Austrian? Though these are probably the same reasons it survives. Extremely bland food, at just over an acceptable price per, well, every dish. Classic, simple dishes of this fare can be made well, but not here. Consume, bland and gross actually, brunch omelette I can only describe as wet, poorly prepared salmon, tasteless wiener schnitzel, and blah house dressing. Besides that the staff was not knowledgeable. Its sad that so many places come to the slope and fail, and others survive via some sort of apologetics.
Posted by strawb76 on 09/21/2009
Cafe Steinhof is a great neighborhood place, featuring German-Hungarian-Austrian food, including Goulash and a great Chicken Paprikash. Very cool attentive staff, friendly vibe, great beer selection.
Posted by anonymous on 02/22/2009
I live in the neighborhood and have eaten here a few times. Last night I thought I'd bring my girlfriend and her parents. The wait was "25 minutes". Ended up waiting 40 minutes for a table to clear only to have a group with one more person than ours roll in and be given our table. We were told it would be "2 minutes" for another table. Waited 20 minutes, then left. The staff was unapologetic and rude. Zum Schneider in the East Village is much better, and I will now make the trip out there before spending a penny at Steinhof. As far as the food itself Steinhof is a bit bland. The beer selection is reasonable (but again, nothing compared to Zum Schneider). If you don't want to leave Brooklyn Steinhof might be the best option for German, but don't trust the staff to be competent when the place fills up, and be aware that there is limited seating for parties of four or more.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2009
I have been here for brunch, dinner, and late drinks. The place is perfectly suited for all of those occasions. Brunch was so reasonable, and my portion of cheese spaetzel was delicious (and huge! leftovers!) The dinner is also great, they have a bunch of dishes that are great for sharing. The red cabbage salad with brie is a hit. The mussels were in a fantastic tomato broth, though it seemed like they hadn't been properly cleaned. Other than that, no complaints. Good food, cheap drinks, what else do you need?
Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2008
My friend works near this place and when she said there was an Eastern European joint up the block it piqued my interest. The menu is vegetarian friendly which is a BIG plus and rare in an Austrian place. The place was packed which is a good sign. Food and drink prices are very fare and for the most part portions were VERY good. The iceberg/watercress salad is dynamite! It was big and the dressing is perfect. I also ordered the mussels which were fresh and plentiful. The only disappointment was with the buckwheat noodles my friend got-very small portion compared to what I had and since he had no appetizer I felt bad. The desserts were outstanding. Try the Linzer Torte. Wednesday night is movie night so we got to watch a cool movie while having dessert and coffee. Very fun and made you feel at home. The only gripe is it was a bit cramped and the tables were a tad small. Nonetheless, I can't wait to go back.