From the Crossroads to the Upper East Side: New York City restaurateur Peter Grünauer is building on the success of his Austrian-themed Grünauer in Kansas City by opening a second U.S. location, Grünauer Bistro, in New York.
The family also runs Gasthaus Grünauer in the artsy Neubau neighborhood in Vienna.
Signs with the restaurant’s logo — a crossed knife and fork on a shield in the red-and-white of the Austrian flag — are up in the windows of the prime corner location at First Avenue and E. 82nd Street. Grünauer hopes to welcome its first diners in February.
Grünauer was married to Lynne Bielski of Kansas City, Kan. and the couple’s two children, Nicholas and Elisabeth, run the restaurant in the Freight House, and Peter is an unabashed fan of our city. He considers the Freight House location in the Crossroads Arts District the flagship of the brand.
“Grünauer Bistro is going to be the chicest place in New York, and we are going to promote Kansas City at the highest level there. Every time we mention Grünauer Bistro we will mention Kansas City,” Grunauer said.
In 1981, he received a rare 4-star review from Mimi Sheraton of the New York Times for his restaurant Vienna79, which has since closed.
He hopes to introduce New Yorkers to excellent foods raised in the region around Kansas City.
“The quality of the meat from Missouri and Kansas is unbelievable, and we are going to promote that on the menu,” he said.
Grünauer Bistro will be smaller than the Kansas City restaurant, seating 90.
Downstairs is a wine cellar that will be called Wunderbar, like the restaurant’s bar in Kansas City. Grünauer says the room will host private events, and later in the evening will be open to everyone and feature live piano music.