The gist: In a space formerly occupied by Bruno Pasticceria, the latest venture from chef Eduard Frauneder (Edi & the Wolf, The Third Man) opens today in Greenwich Village. Bringing a contemporary take on Austrian fare, the restaurant's modeled after brasseries in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Dinner service debuts this evening, featuring a seasonal market-driven menu, and lunchtime service should be starting soon.
The food: Expect shared plates liked crushed beets with whipped liptauer (spicy cheese spread) and housemade crackers; onion tart with braised cipollini onions, Gruyere cheese and onion gravy; and a take on popular Alsatian flatbread steal the show. There's also the signature burger (shown above), which features farmhouse cheddar, onion jam and crispy fennel. Other large plates on offer include pork neck, grilled skirt steak and wiener schnitzel with cucumber dill. For dessert, dig into options like citrus cheesecake or chocolate almond cake with pumpkinseed sour cream.
The drinks: The team behind The Third Man's is behind the beverage program, which includes a focus on natural, organic and biodynamic wines, most of which come from Central Europe. Of course, there are also cocktails. Try the Slip —with Zubrowka vodka, lime juice, egg white, simple syrup and orange bitters — or the Libido (shown above) with tequila, lime juice, honey-jalapeño syrup, turmeric juice and Thai basil.
The space: The 65-seat restaurant was designed by Austrian native, Florian Altenburg (who also co-designed Edi & the Wolf and The Third Man. The space is done up with sage green vintage wallpaper, lush leather banquettes and marble-topped cafe tables. What's better? A patio is set to open in spring.
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