Enter, The Third Man, opening today a block away Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban’s first establishment, Edi & the Wolf. Why the Third Man? To put it simply, it’s the pair’s third restaurant and they have a bit of a film noir obsession.
With Orson Welles’ 1949 film in mind, they created this Alphabet City space to reflect Europe in the early 20th century, accented by Austria. Thick, exposed wooden beams line the ceiling and create the unusual door you walk through, where you can see out, but guest entering can’t see in. Beautiful ironwork and distressed mirrors add an old world depth, and the large and hearty bar looks like an Austrian built it, and one did. From that bar they serve various house-made cordials, classic drinks, and craft cocktails including the Chesterfield with gin, fresh ginger, lime juice, tonic, and house-made grenadine. Another winner is the Harry Lime, a smoky tipple with mezcal, chartreuse, maraschino, lime, and topped with sparkling wine.
Hunker down at the bar or in one of the emerald green leather banquettes and pair your drink with their signature pumpkinseed ricotta with walnut bread. The Third Man also dishes out small bites including pork crackling with apple and pickled red onion and chicken liver terrine.