Chef Wolfgang Ban has a large laugh, a joyful sense of play, and a serious menu at his Michelin-starred Seasonal in midtown, as well as his downtown Edi and the Wolf and The Third Man spots. With his roots in western Austria heavily influencing his menus, he's lived in New York for over ten years and easily calls it home. We caught up with Wolfgang about what it takes to keep a fine dining restaurant relevant over time, how his corner of Austria is a melting pot not dissimilar to New York, and what the word 'hospitality' actually means.
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It's been a busy few months for Chef Eduard Frauneder: while hurricane Sandy flooded one of his restaurants, he was trying to open a bar, all while maintaining the sense of community he and his partner Wolfgang Ban have worked hard to build. We sat down with him to talk about the challenges of recovering from the storm, opening his new bar, and what family means to his business.
Austrian-born chef Eduard Frauneder (the Edi of Edi and the Wolf) has called Alphabet City home for nearly 5 years. When he's not at the restaurant, Edi's tastes range further from home, but he's still looking forward to ending a night of noshing at his new watering hole on Avenue C. Take a look at his neighborhood picks after the jump.
This recently opened Austrian wine bar on Avenue C has good grub and a convivial vibe.