Germans love their beer, regional sausages, either in the form of currywurst or simply in a bun with mustard, and they love coming together in local taverns for that little feeling of Gemütlichkeit. There are a number of spots around the city that have managed to recreate the German food experience and hospitality with recipes brought over from back home. Here are 12 that will satisfy not only Germans, but also anyone craving a good beer and hearty dishes like schnitzel and sauerbraten.Read More
12 German Restaurants and Beer Halls in NYC to Try
Sausages, massive pretzels, schnitzel, and tons and tons of beer
Heidelberg is one of the oldest German restaurants in the U.S. with its over 100-year history. This family-run restaurant offers an incredibly rustic atmosphere, as the interior design and recipes have been mostly left untouched since its opening. Try the Jaeger Spätzle, or German pasta topped with a creamy mushroom sauce, or the Schweine Haxe, an oven-roasted pork shank, served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.
2. Max Bratwurst Und bier
The name says it all: This is the place to try a big selection of German sausages paired with German brews. Get the platter to try a bunch and pair them with Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes, served with apple sauce). It’s especially festive during Oktoberfest every September, when the traditional Astoria restaurant hosts a beer mug holding contest.
3. Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC
This is the sister restaurant to Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus, making it an obvious choice for anyone looking to celebrate Oktoberfest year-round. But it’s also great for trying out beer made with an original, 400-year-old recipe, passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. The menu covers all bases for the full German cuisine experience, including nine different kinds of sausages and five variations of the popular schnitzel.
4. Reichenbach Hall
This family-owned beer hall is lined with communal tables and located in the heart of Midtown, making it a convenient spot for large group after-work festivities. It was founded in 2013 by two brothers, whose family immigrated from Germany, with the goal to bring a daily Oktoberfest experience to the city. The menu represents that through extra-large pretzels, 14 German beers on tap, including one- and two-liter beer mugs, and plenty of German classics.
5. Berlin Currywurst
Easily the most popular street food in Germany is the currywurst, a fried and sliced bratwurst sausage, covered with a special tomato-curry sauce and served with pommes frites (French fries). It’s the focus of the fittingly named Berlin Currywurst in Chelsea Market, which uses the traditional bratwurst as well as other German sausages such as bock, Nürnberger, and paprika wurst. Several sauces also allow customers to vary the heat level.
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6. Zum Schneider
With a biergarten in the front and a wide selection of imported German beers, Zum Schneider offers a cozy environment for relaxed group outings. The staff is wearing traditional Bavarian attire like Lederhosen and Dirndl dresses, which transport guests right over to Germany’s local Bavarian pubs. Go for hearty German classics like käsespatzle (a German version of mac and cheese), or obatzda (a cheese spread made with brie, blue cheese, and beer). The schnitzel or a weisswurst with sweet mustard is also never a bad idea.
7. Loreley Beer Garden
This beer hall get its name from a famous German myth about a siren sitting on a cliff along the Rhine, serenading sailors with her singing, causing them to crash. The venue is modeled after a tavern in Cologne, and with its 12 imported German draft beers, it’s also the largest outdoor beer garden on the Lower East Side. A big brunch menu is offered on the weekend, and the regular dinner menu includes German classics such as the rheinischer sauerbraten, a must for German food exploration. It’s beef roast marinated in a vinegar and spice sauce, and served with hot potato dumplings and braised red cabbage. It’s one of the most popular and hearty meals, beloved all across Germany.
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8. Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Radegast is a relaxed beer hall in Williamsburg with a live band and an outdoor area, reminiscent of a typical pub in Germany. The menu offers a good selection of German beer classics and sausages.
9. Bavaria Bierhaus
When people around the world think of German food and attire, they typically picture the traditions most often used in Bavaria, Germany’s southeastern state. Located in the Financial District, Bavaria House is a quintessential place to experience what Bavaria has to offer. The wooden bar on the lower floor was imported from Erding, a town just outside Munich, which is also where the popular Erdinger Weissbier beer originated. With its outdoor seating and wide selection of German and European dishes and beers, this two-level beer hall is a solid spot to enjoy a cold beer after work.
10. Zum Stammtisch
Germans gravitate to Zum Stammtisch with its rustic decor and regular viewings of soccer games. The menu is full of German classics such as wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato salad, and apple strudel.
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11. Die Stammkneipe/ Der Schwarze Koelner
This Fort Greene pub is a regular hangout spot for Germans and locals for its wide selection of beer and German snacks. Some of Germany’s most popular beers are on tap, with a rotating selection of 18 beers on draft and 20 bottled beers, such as Paulaner, Weihenstephaner or Kölsch. The food menu is also full of German specialities, such as Leberkäse (German meatloaf), or Kassler Rippen (smoked and salted pork, served with juicy sauerkraut).
12. Black Forest Brooklyn on Smith
The specialty at this Cobble Hill biergarten and kaffeehouse — owned by a German couple who grew up and met in the Black Forest area in Germany — is Flammkuchen (meaning flame cake), a popular German pizza. It originated in the Alsace region along the southwestern French-German border, and it’s made with rolled out bread dough shaped like a rectangle and covered with crème fraiche, thinly sliced onion, and bacon. There’s another location in Fort Greene.