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I let dining experiences slip through the cracks of this blog when I feel uninspired, which is often the case. But I’ve been thinking back on our summer visit to Schilling, this rustic Austrian restaurant downtown, tucked away on the western edge of the financial district.
Named after the former currency of Austria, Schilling pays tribute to its neighborhood and stands out in a district not particularly known for unique dinner options.
We went on a stuffy summer evening, its soft golden interior was a real breath of fresh air. The storefront cranks up like a garage door, which they tried for a while that night before the humidity took over. But that feature transforms all of the restaurant into an outdoor-like space.
As welcoming as the atmosphere is, the real thing to write home about here is the food. I think most about that pasta, a housemade tagliatelle that’s so fresh that the brown buttered corn and bacon weren’t gratuitous, but rather elevating, accompaniments.
The beef carpaccio is another excellent dish, so fresh and expertly tenderized it only needed the bare essentials of shallots and parsley to go with it. A more-common but just as delicious starter was the heirloom tomato and creamy burrata. Same with Jay’s cod main entree — straightfoward but perfectly seasoned.
The menu is petite, but every item was enticing and the pricing quite reasonable. They were four for four in our book, and I’m already trying to find a reason to go back.