|Venue name:||Café Katja|
79 Orchard St
|Cross street:||between Broome and Grand Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D to Grand St; F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts|
|Price:||Average main course: $13. MC, V|
Co-owner Erwin Schrottner—a native of southern Austria and an alum of fancier spots like Monkey Bar—named the place for one of his three young daughters, and it seems he had them in mind when devising the menu. The lineup includes simple but precisely prepared beer-hall staples: house-made bratwurst, spaetzle, fluffy quark (cheese) dumplings, tangy pickles and fresh-baked soft pretzels. The kitchen is happy to make adjustments to dishes (bacon in your spaetzle? Sure!). The servers handle young patrons' needs with cheer and aplomb, even when they have to squeeze past the strollers to do so.