Smallknot Profiles: Wechsler’s Currywurst
This week, we caught up with Andre Wechsler of Wechsler’s Currywurst in the East Village.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from a very industrial area in the western part of Germany.
Why did you decide to move to the US?
I came to the US to work in finance; that’s how I got to New York City.
So why did you choose to open up a restaurant in the East Village?
I used to work in accounting and banking, and at one point I just got tired of it. My first idea was to build a zero-energy home, but after the market crash it wasn’t a good idea anymore. My next idea was the restaurant. I grew up with currywurst - it’s very popular, like hotdogs in New York - and I really missed it.
Are any of your dishes based off of family recipes?
Yes, all of our side dishes are. They’re my mom’s recipes.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a business owner?
The most challenging thing is that I do everything. We don’t have floor managers, so I’m here all the time. But I really enjoy learning how to do it all.
And what aspect do you enjoy the most?
Interacting with customers. It’s the best part of the business! Also, doing everything on my own. For example, I do my own books; it’s important to know all of my numbers.
Any advice for someone looking to start a business?
You’re going to make mistakes. I haven’t done everything the right way but I’m learning, sometimes the hard way, but that’s life. You try and you make mistakes so you know for next time.
Your favorite menu item?
The currywurst! We also have a great selection of german beers. German beer is great, it’s special because it is only allowed to have four key ingredients, which makes it very pure. Even with just four ingredients, you can get so many different variations.
Wechler’s Currywurst is located at 120 1st Ave in the East Village.
There will be a beer tasting on Monday, June 18th from 7-9pm. They will sample 3 US micro brews then compare them to a similar style German beer. In total, 6 8-oz beers. Admission is $20 and there will be 20 tickets available.