Out to Lunch: Café Kristall

The newly renovated Café Kristall (above), in the Swarovski Crystallized store in Soho, is in some ways similar to Austrian chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s other New York restaurants, Wallsé, Cafe Sabarsky, and Blaue Gans. “I...


But, unlike, say, Café Sabarsky, there’s a high degree of bling as well—with a hand from Nadja Swarovski, who helped obtain the two spherical Tom Dixon chandeliers, which throw brilliant light on the upstairs dining room; and a two-story tall Vincent Van Duysen chandelier leads the way downstairs in a cascade of crystal. Even the wallpaper is embedded with Swarovski gems. It’s enough to make Gutenbrunner revise his personal restaurateur theory: “It’s like my home,” he said, looking about the bedazzled space, “except there’s money involved.”