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Carol Reed’s 1949 film, The Third Man – revered for its dramatic use of light and shadow – serves as the inspiration for a new cocktail bar of the same name from Austrian-native Michelin-starred chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban of Seäsonal Restaurant & Weinbar and Edi & the Wolf.

Step inside The Third Man and you feel as if you’ve been transported in time and place to early 20th century Vienna. The dark, rustic space recalls the elegant and mysterious scenes in the film. A large and open wrap-around bar stands between two seating areas with green leather booths, lit with blown glass light fixtures in an array of shapes. Its cocktail menu offers a modern spin on classic libations. Standout drinks include the Spirit of ’49 (bourbon, lemon, honey, myrtleberry and angostura bitters) and the Alter Meister (gin, lime juice, celery juice and port). In the coming weeks, a menu of small plates will be added as well, with dishes like Pumpkinseed Ricotta with picked butternut squash and walnut bread and Pork Crackling with apple and pickled red onion. Prost and guten appetit!

The Third Man is located at 116 Avenue C at East 8th Street.

Credits: Photos courtesy of The Third Man