By Annie Reuter

The downtown space which brought you pop-ups such as the Nutripolitan Museum of Art, the Stella Artois Draught Master competition, and the FlyKly and Shaved Ice Shop is now gearing up to bring New Yorkers authentic Austrian cuisine and Viennese coffeehouse culture.

Openhouse Gallery opens their Austrian Tourist pop-up in Nolita Wednesday. From October 5 – October 19, the Pop-Up space will bring Austria travel experiences to the New York audience.

Guests can sit in a replica of Sacher Café and taste Sacher-Torte, the café’s famous chocolate cake shipped from Austria. Additionally, samples of pumpkin seed oil and chocolates are available at the Austria Deli.

Additionally, there will be a tasting event which will bring together Austrian chefs in New York as they present some of their dishes paired with Austrian wines.

“People who attend will get a taste of all the specialties that are typically Austrian,” said Teresa Faudon, PR Manager of the Austrian Tourist Office.

For two weeks, poetry readings, music, film and art will be exhibited throughout the store, including Gustav Klimt’s work, “The Kiss.”

“We’ll have a photo booth where people can reenact their own perfect kiss in front of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting,” Fauden said. In the evenings a professional photographer will be on hand to capture each kiss so visitors can have a keepsake.

Additional highlights include a reading of poet Altenberg’s prose by writer and translator Peter Wortsman, traditional costumes by Dirndl and Lederhosen and Salzburg’s oldest leather and traditional clothing store Jahn-Markl, which includes Louis Vuitton and Mick Jagger as clients.

After taking in the delicacies and artwork of Austria, visitors are invited to the Austria travel lounge where they can browse through books, watch videos and get personal information on what to do and see in the country.

The Austria Pop-Up will be open from October 5 – 19, Sunday – Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at Openhouse Gallery located at 201 Mulberry St. between Spring and Kenmare.

Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and blogger. She is the founder of

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