Saturday August 4th, Openhouse Gallery presents Best of the Wurst, a one-day dining pop up at Openhouse 379 Broome, featuring the most delicious wursts in the city. From currywurst to knockwurst, kasekrainer to merguez, Italian to Moroccan to Austria, The Best on the Wurst celebrates the best of the best. Of the wurst.
Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Blaue Gans, der Kommissar, Esposito’s, Katz’s Delicatessen, Pete Zaaz & Open Kitchen and Schaller & Weber will all be on hand, in one place at one time, to grill up their own special creations. Complementing the wunder these elite chefs and butchers are gonna create are Radeberger Pilsner tallboys, Openhouse’s new 379 Broome St. space and a chance to vote on your favorite. As always, we’ll have loungy Fatboys on hand, too.
The pop up runs from noon to 8 pm, tickets are $35 for one-hour sessions, six artisanal hand-crafted wursts, six homemade sides, a Radeberger, go get em. We’re pretty psyched. Get your tickets before they’re gone! Here is the link to buy tickets.
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In 2005, Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner salvaged a failing Tribeca restaurant mostly to save the vintage posters he’d noticed so many times while walking his kids to school. Then he transformed it into an homage to the Austrian Wirsthauses he walked by as a kid. The Michelen-starred chef and consulting honcho for Standard Hotel Group’s Biergartens, Gutenbrunner’s Blaue Gans dresses up blue collar staples like weibwurst, kasekrainer, bratwurst, currywurst and a slew of schnitzels in with 9 Bavarian beers on tap. 139 Duane St. btwn Church and West Broadway in Manhattan.
Der Kommissar reimagines the wurstlestands that pop up all over Austrian cities as a 20-seat Park Slope restaurant named after a 1980s Falco song. From its flat-top grill, Der Kommissar serves up artisanal Austrian wursts on Hudson Valley bread, German potato salad and homemade mustards on wax paper. A hard-hitting list of draft beers goes well with the most tender meats in ze city. 559 5th Ave and 15th Street in Brooklyn
Esposito’s Sausage has been shelling out sausage for eight decades – ever since Giovanni Esposito & Son’s Pork Store started cutting up meat from his Hell’s Kitchen kitchen in 1933. They perfected small-batch production of fresh chorizo, Andouille, Italian sausage with broccoli rabe and mozzarella, chicken apple sausage, classic hot sausage and more, leading Esposito’s into everywhere from discerning grocery stores to the Four Seasons and Boathouse. 38th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan.
The 124-year-old Lower East Side deli is New York City’s most well-known spot for gigantic skillfully carved pastrami sandwiches, knoblewurst, krauts and pickles. Jake Dell is the fifth-generation owner of Katz’s, a local landmark known the world over. 205 E. Houston St. and Ludlow in Manhattan.
Pete Zaaz + Open Kitchen
The Classon Ave. pizza shop is less than a year old and already featured in the New York Times, Gothamist, Urban Daddy and Time Out New York. With pizza toppings like fried chicken, mussels marinara and garlic chip bechamel plus “not pizza” items like gyro Stromboli and Kim chi rolls, Pete Zaaz for sure the most creative. PZ teams up with Open Kitchen, the pop up restaurant slash elementary school on Bowery. Yeah, it’s like that in the pop up world. 766 Classon Ave. between Sterling and St. Johns in Brooklyn.
Schaller & Weber
This butcher shop scores a 28 on Zagat, wins gold medals at international meat competitions and gives Yorkville one notch of old New York soul. “Their bacon and ham … are the best I’ve ever tasted in America,” says Gutenbrunner. So are the majoram and caraway seed-laced nuernberger brats and just about everything else. 1654 2nd Ave. at 88th St.
Fresh, crisp, Bavarian since 1872. The Radeberger Gruppe brews more than 80brands of beer, from national premium brands to national specialties, and regional premium brands to traditional regional brands.Radeberger Pilsner is a full-bodied pale lager with the finest barley malt, choice hops and soft water (!) taken from the brewery’s own well. Radeberger Pilsner has been available in the United States since 1903 and is the leading German draft beer in the New York area.