In November I will be meeting my daughter, who is studying abroad in Italy for the semester, for a long long weekend in Vienna. This will be her first and my second visit to Vienna, and I would greatly appreciate some advice on how to optimize our four dinners there. We would love to experience delicious food in a lively setting that suggests that we could not be dining anywhere but Vienna. Bonus points awarded for places where my twenty year old daughter will not find herself the only person under forty in the room (exemption granted for the Sacher). I have read through many of the excellent posts on this board (thank you all, but particularly Sturmi and Kukubura!) and am organizing my thoughts using Sturmi's classification of September 21st.
Some background on my prior visit: my wife and I loved everything about our meals at Immervoll and the Rote Bar at the Sacher (after the opera); although we enjoyed the food and wine at Upstairs at Meinl, we found the atmosphere a little dull. With that in mind, I am planning to return to Immervoll, which I gather is now Gasthaus Poschl, and the Rote Bar, again after the opera. Of course, if there are strong views as to preferable "Viennese Classics" or apres opera spots on a Saturday night, I would love to hear them!
For our two remaining nights, I am drawn to the "Inventive Food" category. I have explored the Vestibul and Freyenstein websites and they both entice. I was unable to get much direct information in English on Walter Bauer or Vincent. In addition, Tripadvisor, which is usually not my restaurant guide of choice, lists Entler as the favorite restaurant in Vienna of its contributors; Entler's website is appealing, but when I searched Chowhound for Entler, references, I was unable to find any so informed views on Entler would be great to have. Of those five restaurants, which two would you recommend given the criteria I list in the first paragraph.
And finally, which three Viennese cafes would you recommend visiting to give us a feel for the genre? Delicious food and drink would be a plus, of course, although my expectations for the coffee have been dampened by my reading of the board...Thanks in advance (and I promiseto post upon my return).
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