On a recent visit to Brooklyn, my husband and I had dinner with our friends at Werkstatt. The cozy corner restaurant serves Austrian-inspired dishes. It was the perfect dinner spot on a cool March evening.
We arrived in time for our reservations and were immediately seated in the back of the restaurant, near the fireplace. The décor is kitschy, with European automobile signs and even a motorcycle affixed to the wall. The back room was a bit noisy and it was often hard to hear people at the other end of the table.
Our waitress came over shortly after we were seated to take our drink order. Most of the table wanted wine, so we opted to split a carafe of the wine on draft. We ordered a Grüner Veltliner, which was refreshing and had a nice finish. Next, we decided to split a few appetizers: potato latkes, pan-fried Brussels sprouts and a sampler platter of chicken liver mousse, cheese, salami, pickles, cucumber salad and bread. While I enjoyed everything, the Brussels sprouts were a standout and the chicken liver mousse was a pleasant surprise.
For my entrée, I ordered the chicken schnitzel. The meal came with a variety of salads: potato, cucumber, tomato and cabbage. There was also a small jar of tart jam on the side. Though the dish was simple, it was fantastic. The chicken was crisp without being greasy and all of the sides perfectly complemented the schnitzel. My husband and I decided to split the apple strudel for dessert. Werkstatt’s version was heavy on the filling and more tart than sweet.
Overall, it was a great meal with great company!
509 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11218
tel 718 284 5800
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