Freud — New York, USA
Michelin starred chef and Austria native Eduard Frauneder moves west (about 10 blocks) for his third Manhattan venture, a brasserie-style restaurant inspired by turn-of-the-century Vienna. Freud’s menu of Austrian classics -from dark rye spatzle to wiener schnitzel served with potato salad - and killer cocktails takes its cues from Frauneder’s East Village venues Edi & The Wolf (a lauded neighbourhood tavern) and The Third Man (a craft cocktail bar), which are both located on Avenue C with just a few doors in between each other.
Once again designed by fellow Austrian, Florian Altenburg, every inch of the 65-seat restaurant has been considered. A muted palate of sage and caramel tones manifests itself via smooth leathers, patterned tiles, mahogany wood, marble and beadboard. While intage details like salvaged glass and Thonet chairs give the space character without feeling contrived. Factor in Freud’s soft lighting, an excellent playlist and the inclusion of a burger on the menu, and you have a restaurant that could equally play the part as your neighbourhood go-to and a romantic date spot.