East Village’s well-liked, low-key Austrian hangout Edi & the Wolf is closing after a nine-year run.
Edi & the Wolf — named after its executive chefs, Eduard “Edi” Frauneder and Wolfgang “the Wolf” Ban — has served Austrian classics like spaetzle and wiener schnitzel, as well as more modern dishes like a burger with gruyere and sweet pepper aioli since 2010. Its impending closure is due to “increasing operating costs,” Frauneder tells Eater, adding that he’s turning his focus to his Financial District restaurant Schilling, also an Austrian spot.
The restaurant, located at 102 Avenue C, between East Seventh and Sixth streets, will close after service on Sunday, April 21.
Edi & The Wolf opened nearly a decade ago as a more casual offshoot of now-closed Seasonal and has since been considered one of the top places to eat in Alphabet City. Its brunch service was also praised, especially for dishes like a schnitzel burger and kaiserschmarrn, a shredded pancake with caramelized bits.
It’s a warm space, decorated with a distinctly rustic aesthetic, including a 40-foot-long rope salvaged from a church that hangs from the ceiling.
See the restaurant’s full statement below:
After nine years, the East Village’s Edi & The Wolf will be having its last service on Sunday, April 21, due to increasing operating costs. Chef Eduard Frauneder still owns and runs Schilling, a day-to-night bistro that features Frauneder’s contemporary take on Austrian fare, with a Mediterranean touch, located in the heart of New York City’s Financial District.