With the success of Edi and the Wolf, Michelin-starred Chef Eduard Frauneder has been given the confidence to spread the word of creative Austrian food in NYC in what’s now his classic laid-back fashion. Get a peek inside Freud and Schilling and make plans to go.
Who To Take: Those looking to try the thinnest weiner schnitzel or your friends who are into Austrian wines and cuisine
Freud is a cozy, no-frills spot in NYU territory that serves excellent food with Austrian flavors. I popped in here to give it a try, and sampled the Scallops with Blood Sausage and Mushrooms, a nice little plate with contrasting tastes and textures. Paired it with a glass of 2012 Schlumberger sparkling brut, and was off. (seen in the photo at the top of this post)
The menu offers lots of atypical choices like crushed beets with whipped liptauer (the bright pink Austrian cheese dip), barley risotto, pork neck, and dark rye spaetzle. Head here for a casual dinner.
Way downtown in Tribeca is Schilling, whose layout is quite similar to Edi and the Wolf with long communal table in the center flocked by banquettes of table on either side. It’s on quite a desolate street, and a little hard to locate, but worth it if you are craving some pounded thin weiner schnitzel with standard cucumber-dill and potato salads to accompany.
There are some nice pastas on the menu as well, including a spaetzle with swiss chard, gruyere and crispy spring onions. Cocktails from from the team behind The Third Man (Frauneder’s cocktail bar on Ave C) grace the menu along with lots of organic and natural wine selections.
FREUD, 506 LaGuardia Pl (btw Houston/Bleecker)
SCHILLING, 109 Washington St (btw Rector/Carlisle); great choice for those visiting the 9-11 memorial.