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Manhattan's new fine and decorative art museum.

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Manhattan's newest museum, Neue Galerie New York, brings early-20th-century Austrian and German art and culture to a grand 1914 Fifth Avenue mansion. Opened last autumn, it houses fine and decorative art from the collections of late dealer Serge Sabarsky and Neue Galerie president Ronald Lauder, a former U.S. ambassador to Austria and the current chairman of Estée Lauder International. Organized on three floors, the Neue Galerie is especially strong in fine art, particularly paintings and drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Permanent decorative-arts holdings include glass pieces by Otto Prutscher and furniture by Adolf Loos and Koloman Moser, whose 1903 armchair, in beech and woven raffia string, still looks contemporary. The ground-floor Café Sabarsky evokes a Viennese coffeehouse, from the boiserie walls and Hoffmann lighting fixtures to the Julius Meinl coffee (served with miniature silver pitcher of milk) and linzer tortes. Across the foyer, a design shop offers a few superb reproductions—our favorite is Hoffmann's 1906 silver salt and pepper set, with elegant little spoons ($820). At 1048 Fifth Ave.; 212-628-6200; www.neuegalerie.org.

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