The lower sections of Washington Street and Greenwich Street below the World Trade Center have long been ignored. On these streets was once a neighborhood of immigrants finding the American dream, but a generation or two later were displaced by the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. And on September 11th, these streets were where the South Tower fell.
Over the last 15 years in this neighborhood, a new high-rise at 50 West, a repurposed building at 40 Rector, a very tall Holiday Inn and a hotel on Greenwich Street have been proof that New York perpetually reinventing itself.
To one of the last few remaining old buildings on Washington Street, comesSchilling, a “day to night bistro” created by Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder featuring his contemporary take on Austrian fare, this time with a Mediterranean touch.
Mr. Frauneder’s other three restaurants include the Greenwich Village brasserie Freud, the East Village Austrian tavern Edi & the Wolf and The Third Man, cocktail bar.
The interior design of Schilling includes a large garage door entrance like something you’d see in the West Village, a barn wood ceiling, vintage lighting, beautifully curved Thonet chairs and solid walnut tables. A 15-seat zinc bar and a quaint hallway with sage wainscoting leads to a partially enclosed back garden.