If the Park Slope community is a collective of healthy, hummus- eating exercisers who drink organic water and take their kale chips with a side of grilled chicken, Cafe Steinhof is where you can catch them washing down late night sausages with specialty German brews. This doesn’t preclude their food being of greasy, late-night-indulgence quality, however. Rather, it displays the restaurant’s ability to make heavy food not only appealing to calorie-conscious Brooklynites, but also highly sought after (lines to get in have been reported on the weekends).
Part of Steinhof’s appeal is a product of their authenticity; the second you walk in, the kitschy Austrian decor transports you to the land of sausage and beer steins. The portrait of a chubby, pale-faced blonde boy on a vintage margarine advertisement hangs next to a promotional poster for an old Nina Hagen concert on exposed brick. While the venue was founded by an Austrian immigrant who started off hosting Viennese nights at the old Max and Moritz French Bistro (which used to be located a block away), and thus the theme remains mostly Austrian, the menu, drinks, and decor also encompass surrounding countries. They also serve a few simpler dishes for children, such as pasta.