First Look: Eduard Frauneder Opens Schilling in FiDi

Austrian food with a Mediterranean touch
May 25, 2016
by Emily Siegel

The gist: Famed chef Eduard Frauneder (Edi & The Wolf, The Third Man, Freud NYC) opened Schilling yesterday, a day-to-night bistro in the Financial District. Named for the former Austrian currency, this restaurant (much like Frauneder's other ventures) pays tribute to the chef's Central European heritage — although this time, he incorporates a Mediterranean touch.

Photo by Katie Burton

The food: Divided into small and large plates, the menu begins with grilled crostini topped with crushed fava beans and fresh ricotta. There's also beef carpaccio with crispy artichokes and remoulade; hamachi crudo with Meyer lemon and crispy chickpea (shown below); and a grilled quail served with broccoli rabe pesto. Main courses include a braised lamb shoulder with Israeli couscous, harissa, confit tomatoes and pistachio crumble (shown above), as well as traditional spätzle with Swiss chard, gruyere and crispy Vidalia onions. Desserts skew Austrian, including the apple strudel. Check out the full menu below.

Photo by Katie Burton

The drinks: Drinks come from the team behind Third Man, Frauneder's Viennese cocktail bar in the East Village. They've brought along fan favorites (like the much loved Aviation, featuring gin, lemon, maraschino and creme Yvette), while also creating a slew of new cocktails. Try the Magdalena — reposado tequila, lime, port and spicy agave — or the Jerry Thomas 1886 — rye whiskey, Italian vermouth, Grand Marnier and Angostura. There's also wine and beer.

Photo by CDV

The space: The 70-seat restaurant was designed by Austrian native, Florian Altenburg, who collaborated on Frauneder's other ventures. The rustic space is located in a tenement building on Washington Street, with banquette seating and a 24-seat communal table. The front of the restaurant is a garage door that opens for al fresco dining during the summer.

The details:109 Washington St.; 212-406-1200. Schilling opens with dinner Monday– Thursday from 4–10:00 PM; and weekends from 4–11:00 PM. Expect daytime service to follow. 

Schilling Menu

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