Finally, the sun came out in the second week in December, and although the temperature was still -3 C, the view of the Castle across the Vltava from Cafe Slavia in New Town was stunning. Most people in the upscale Cafe seemed to be drinking coffee and eating a sunday-type ice cream dish. The lunch we had was acceptable but not memorable, although I did enjoy the tripe soup and the people-watching. Do not miss the sparkling new restrooms one flight down (redone after the floods?)-- perhaps the best restrooms in Prague.
A few days later, it was overcast and windy again, we sought Saturday lunch at Vas-y Vas-y, a French Bistro that the Prague Post promised was open Saturdays. Not the second week in December. Our second, and it turned out, excellent choice was 'hospoda' Pricny rez (at Pricna 3) several blocks south east. It was almost deserted and we were gestured to sit wherever we wanted. We chose a corner table near the bar and far from the chill that gusted through the door behind us. Lunch, mine breast of duck (taragon and lime) and rice, was excellent and accompanied by a good, inexpensive czech beer. The english-speaking owner, sitting at the bar dressed in jeans, noticed that we were shivering and came over to ask if it was warm enough in the restaurant. We assured him it was, started chatting and invited him to sit down. We are not 'hearty' eaters, but Jonathan urged us to try tirimisu for desert because it was very good. It was outstanding. His secret to outstanding tirimisu is safe with us, but if he is there when you lunch, ask him. He'll be sitting at the bar and looks and talks like Mort Sahl in denigm (ask your parents who Mort Sahl is/was). The lunch for two with three beers (and one dessert) was inexpensive.