Last year, after a very enjoyable meal at Edi and the Wolf, it actually took me a while to realize that the name stood for the folks behind Seasonal: Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban. When I heard that the team opened “The Third Man” a block away, I couldn’t help but try to decipher the meaning behind the name. Was there a mysterious third partner?
Turns out the restaurant was named after a 1949 movie by the same name, a Cold War era spy film based in Vienna, Austria. The bar also took inspiration from the Loos American Bar in Vienna, a favorite hangout for both Edi and Wolfgang. The inspiration is more in concept than appearance, since The Third Man’s decor more closely resembles Edi and the Wolf than a Gatsby era American bar.
The Third Man joins the craft cocktail trend that’s seeing tremendous growth. Just as chefs today increasingly boasts about the freshness and origins of his ingredients, cocktails lounges and master mixologists are heading in the same direction. Discerning drinkers now expect ingredients fresh, cordials made in-house, and bitters to be named.
Many of the drinks are named after lines or themes form the film, and with a wide range of primary spirits you are likely to find something that suits your taste. My Dark and Stormy had a powerful and delicious blast of ginger beer. You can always walk up to the bar tenders, I mean mixologists, and request something that matches your flavor profile.
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Disclaimer: The drinks were compliments of The Third Man. This did not affect our opinions, nor were we were under no obligation to write.
The Third Man
116 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009