Kurt Gutenbrunner, Chef/Owner of New York City’s Wallsé, Café Sabarsky, Blaue Gans, The Upholstery Store has earned abundant praise for his modern interpretation of Austrian cuisine and his seamless integration of food and art.
Wallsé, Kurt's first restaurant in New York, mixes an early 20th century Austrian minimalist aesthetic with works by contemporary international artists, such as Julian Schnabel and Albert Oehlen. Gutenbrunner's innovative menu, which showcases modern takes on traditional Viennese cuisine, has earned a two-star rating from the New York Times and a coveted Michelin star rating.
In 2001, Kurt was approached by Ronald Lauder, co-founder of the Neue Galerie New York, and Renée Price, director of the museum, to develop Café Sabarsky, the traditional Viennese café housed in New York’s Upper East Side. While Gutenbrunner 's culinary expertise compliments the museum's collection, his passion for art strongly influenced the museum to make him an integral part of the institution. Café Sabarsky's décor is adorned with lighting fixtures and furniture by Austrian architects Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, and upholstered