Third Times the Charm: Edi & the Wolf Team Open New Bar

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.

New York’s Best Restaurants For Big Groups

Besides being asked “when are you cleaning your bathroom” by my mom and “do you have boyfriend” by my local bodega owner, the third most popular question I’m asked every week is this: “ I’m having a party; where can I bring a big group?” And since everyone loves to eat, drink, and be merry with a core group of best friends and peripheral acquaintances – and since it’s easier for me to send a link and not discuss this anymore – I’ve gathered a list of New York’s Best Restaurants For Big Groups. This is a special list, teeming with everything from strawberry-cinnamon baby back ribs in Williamsburg, a Cuban fantasyland in the East Village, stone fireplaces in the West Village, and a really cool picture of dogs. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving Out, Where To Have Your Turkey and Eat It Too

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, it’s probably a good time to pin down what you are going to do for the holiday. While some people go home for this iconic feast, many of us choose to avoid that, and the kitchen all together. So where can you get your Thanksgiving on? There are plenty of options.

In Midtown, Del Frisco’s is giving steak a break, and instead, letting turkey take the main stage. They will also serve butternut squash soup, apple sage stuffing, potatoes au gratin, and pumpkin cheesecake; all for $80 starting at noon. 

For an Austrian twist, hit up Edi & the Wolf or their sister restaurant Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar for a three-course prix fixe menu. At the more laidback Edi & the Wolf they offer dinner for $45, from 3pm to 12am, with dishes like roasted duck with sweet potato, spatzle with wild mushrooms and Brussels sprouts, and fluke tartare. At the other eatery, they serve pork belly with kale, grapefruit and sweet potato, rainbow trout, and Austrian caramelized pancakes with seasonal fruit, all for $65.

If you want to do two Thanksgivings in one day, you can go to Landmarc for Thanksgiving brunch. This feast of pumpkin pancakes, hash browns, and cheesy egg sandwiches comes with a $45 price tag. Follow that up with a three-course traditional turkey dinner at Back Forty in the East Village. There, for $60 you can get your fill of Brussels sprouts, roasted sunchokes, and pecan tarts. They will also be offering this feast at their SoHo location for $65, with the bonus of a fireplace.

Chef James Corona of Bocca Restaurant & Bar will whip up four courses for your Thanksgiving pleasure, for $49.95 starting at noon. The menu includes pumpkin risotto, turkey breast with chestnuts, and butternut squash soup with candied walnuts. You can also get this to go, or delivered to you.

Perilla chef Harold Dieterle has a lovely feast of brown butter sweet potato soup, roasted local turkey, braised ginger-sassafras short ribs, and pumpkin-chestnut bread pudding for guest starting at 2pm, until 9pm, for $75 a person. A great feast can also be had at The Little Owl in the West Village. There, chef and owner Joey Campanaro’s $85 prix fixe menu features Riesling roasted turkey with fig and root vegetable dressing, roasted scallops with truffled parsnip mousse, and Italian holiday cookies. Reservations start at 1pm and go until 10pm, and, it’s half off for kids under the age of 12. 

For charitable folk, il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is donating all proceeds from their Thanksgiving dinner to post-Sandy relief efforts. That means when you pay $85 for their family-style meal of antipasti, oysters, risotto, heritage turkey, roast suckling pig, and pumpkin gelato, you may not be doing your waistline any favors, but you are helping others. 

Finally, why sit down for a meal when you can get one to go in a flash at Pie Face. That’s right, this Australian pie shop has a Thanksgiving pie to go, which consists of turkey, stuffing and gravy in a buttery shell that gets topped with sweet potato mash and cranberry sauce. They also have pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies for dessert. Take home one or 12, they cost between $2.66 and $7.90, and taste just like Thanksgiving. 

Happy Halloween. Now Eat and Drink Up!

No matter if you are a zombie, a binder full of women, some Marvel superhero, or a sexy what-have-you, there is no excuse not to enjoy eating and partaking in a tipple or eight during this spirit-filled holiday. We have already told you were to party, and Steve Lewis has intel on how he will spend his Halloween; now, here are some special snacks and drinks full of gore(geous) boo(ze).

First up, Richard Sandoval celebrates the dead with an all-night Halloween happy hour at his restaurant Zengo, which includes $8 cocktails, $5 small plates, and on the 31st if you wear a costume, you get a complimentary Witch’s Eye Cocktail. His midtown restaurant Pampano also gets down with the spirits, and from October 26 until November 1, you can try his Day of the Dead specials like the Chicken Tamale, Croquetas de Camote, and raise your own demons with the Flor de Muertos Margarita. Plus, on Halloween, they have $6 margaritas, wine, and mojiotos from 5pm to close. 

There is no time like the present to attend Sleep No More, the eerie, spirit-filled, interactive-play by Punchdrunk. What makes this Sleep No More performance even more enticing is the Carnival des Corbeaux, where they have added a circus bent to the festivities. Plus, starting tonight until the 31st, they have a “Yelloween” after party featuring Veuve Clicquot, an ancient and honorable champagne to go with what one day may be a classic performance. 

Starting Saturday, if you howl like a wolf at Edi & the Wolf, they will reward you with the bright red Wolf’s Blood cocktail, which is made with rye whiskey, Italian vermouth, blood orange liqueur and bitters. You can also enjoy “Tequilaween,” at Barrio 47. Here, feast on blood sausage, cow heart skewers, and sip their special Bloody Punch. DJs spin this Friday, Saturday and on the 31st. On Halloween alone, you can head to Beaumarchais for their epic party celebrating their namesake, author Pierre Beaumarchais, who wrote The Barber of Seville. Hence, they have The Demon Barber of Meatpacking feast featuring Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies and bloody drinks. 

Scared? You should be. If you managed to do all of this you will surly be one of the zombies stumbling to work on November 1, the Day of the Dead. Not that that should stop you.

Two New NYC Hot Spots Worth Trudging Through Snow For

Weather-wise, this week blew. Weeks like this usually mean stay in, drink wine, watch TV, smell your fingers, whatever. But sometimes staying can be as brutal as leaving the house, especially for those without imaginations or addictions to the internet. Me, I was determined to brave Father Winter, to slap him in the face, and check out some of the newer spots in NYC that have been beeping on my radar for weeks. I needed a theme song for my little sojourn (duh), and chose Matt & Kim’s Ice Melts (double duh).

Bar on Fifth @ Setai Fifth Ave: How we ended up on Fifth Avenue on Sunday night, when the temperature was about 15 degrees, I’ll never know. But pal and I were the only living souls on the street, and when we turned into the Bar on Fifth at the new Setai hotel, we discovered we were the only living souls inside there too, save for the live jazz band. On the TV, the Jets were well on their way to a crushing defeat, and we had the whole bar to ourselves. Don’t be fooled by the bar’s desertion: This will be jammed when it officially opens February 1.

Edi & The Wolf: On Monday night there was a high of 19 degrees. The last thing I wanted to do was leave my home, but thankfully, my friend dragged me out to the new Alphabet City restaurant, Edi & the Wolf, run by the folks behind Seasonal. Inside, I felt like I was in a rustic, romantic barn. The ceiling wood paneling is actually from a real barn in Wyoming, so there, I’m not bonkers. Their Austrian food was the perfect antidote to the cold, as were the Austrian wines. I didn’t realize Austrian wines and schnitzels could win me over, and considering there were other menu items I hadn’t gotten my hands on, I’m obviously not through with that restaurant yet.