422 7th Ave (14th St), Park Slope
Amid the cute shops, yoga studios, and trendy farm-to-table eateries, we found the perfect comfort food for a cold night in Park Slope. Cafe Steinhoff is warm and inviting with a cozy wood and brick interior and a laid back vibe. I tend to think of Austrian and German fare as very heavy, laden with cream sauces and oily fried coatings. But our dishes were hearty, without being heavy. We had the classic wiener schnitzel ($14), pork pounded thin and perfectly fried so it melts in the mouth, accompanied with crispy roasted potatoes and cucumber salad. It was very good, but the chicken paprika with spaetzel ($13) was even better. It was similar to cacciatore with chicken thighs in a light and flavorful wine based sauce, and without sour cream, its typical preparation. The spaetzel was incorporated in the sauce, adding a nice texture. Nothing on the menu is over $15 and they even have a $6 beef goulash Monday special. Cafe Steinhoff has been a neighbor staple since 2001 and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.