Lunching in Prague

On my way up the hill to see Prague castle I pass the entrance and continued to walk up the little street to see what kind of life was going on there. Obviously given the big attraction up the street you’d expect a fair amount of tourist places, but tucked in between the souvenir crap and the usual hamburger, pizza and goulash joints were some real gems…I walked by an very traditional tea house that I almost went in but was looking for hardier fare and ended up in the rustic and lovely U Zavesenyho Kafe 

I sat at a big old wooden communal table and had a lunch special of roast duck, two kinds of dumplings and to kinds of cabbage (cook down it seemed one white with caraway one red with maybe apples? Both delicious and wonderful foils for the roast duck) to wash down lunch I had a Pilsner Urquell the beer of choice in Prague.
My only small complaint would be the placement of the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream fridge.

Right around the corner from my hotel (Hotel Josef – watch for a hotel post discussing the pros and cons of the places I stayed in) was the famous cubist building House of the Black Madonna which is now a museum with a cute cafe on the second floor called the Grand Cafe Orient

The cafe is very charming and recently renovated.  It was filled with Czech people when I stopped in but was very much geared towards tourists with the “buy a t shirt and some cups and saucers” marketing that comes with the menu.

The reason to go is the room.

The food is basically Eastern European Ladies who lunch fare.  I think you’d be best to have a coffee and a sweet.  My Wurst plate was OK but a little slim – more a snack then lunch.  Really the focus here is dessert. It’s a quiet place to sit and watch the goings on down below and admire the vistas of Prague.

This piece of pumpkin pie was on display – not sure what the orange stuff is, but mmmmm not so appealing.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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