The Upper East Side is not where you go for cheap traditional eats. The Yorkville crowd may have kept their Eastern European flavors, along with their preference for white tablecloth. But neighborhood meat artisans Schaller & Weber are changing the game with Schaller’s Stube, turning a former cold storage area next door into a sausage-focused sidewalk cafe.
Schaller & Weber have been honing their cured meat game for three generations since 1937, but the Stube menu is anything but stuck in the old world: There’s Britain’s beloved currywurst, cold-pressed juices and the food of the summer, fried chicken. Service begins today with breakfast, which includes sandwiches made with Balthazar baguettes and Fika jams ($4-$6).
Lunch and dinner won’t ding your wallet for much more, with Stube’s seven signature wursts running $7-$14, including the half-pound Berlin Wall of kielbasa with bacon, bacon jam and chicharones for the consummate pork completists. Or if you think you can build a better sausage roll than the Germans, there are nine meats (all house cured), 15 toppings and 10 sauces.
For now you’ll probably want to take your haul to go, though there are 10 stools inside, and what we’re sure will be a worthy beer selection is a pending liquor license away.