We set out to find the best German restaurant in NYC. We found five that stand out. So break out the bratwurst, wise up on wiener schnitzel, and buy a beer or two at these German restaurants and beer halls.
Reichenbach Beer Hall
Come for the beer and stay for the bratwurst at Reichenbach, a traditional German beer hall filled with picnic tables and plenty of happy guests. This place manages to balance its convivial bar atmosphere with a really effective kitchen that serves up tasty, authentic food you’ll enjoy just as much, if not more, than your drink. Located near Herald Square, hop on over after you’ve made it through the maze of Macy’s. 5 W. 37th St., 212-302-7744, reichenbachhall.com
Decked out like an antique German beer hall, Heidelberg is our pick in the historically German area of Yorkville. Located on the Upper East Side near Museum Mile, Heidelberg delivers beautiful spaetzle (pasta), potato pancakes, and braised red cabbage to accompany your Bauernwurst sausage platter for one. Another must-try is the schweinshaxe: Bavarian pork shank with sauerkraut and boiled potato. 1648 Second Ave., 212-628-2332, heidelberg-nyc.com
At Berlin Currywurst, it’s all about the sausage. Pick a flavor of sausage, then pick your preferred style, whether currywurst sandwich or hot-dog bun. Sides include pretzels, fries, and sauerkraut. Swing by Chelsea Market and pick up a brat and some beer while you’re here! 75 Ninth Ave., 646-827-3689, berlincurrywurst.com
This funky mid-century cafe presents Austrian and German food alongside Americanized dishes like a Bibb lettuce salad and rainbow trout with creamed spinach. If you’re looking for a solid German tribute, try the pork schnitzel with potato-cucumber salad and lingonberries. The bratwurst appetizer is a yummy Bavarian treat as well. You might also grab a German beer or wine at happy hour in this atmospheric Tribeca cafe. 139 Duane St., 212-571-8880, kurtgutenbrunner.com
A popular beer hall in Alphabet City, Zum Schneider goes full German. In addition to offering a wide array of beers, Zum also hosts a live lederhosen-clad band, complete with accordionist, from time to time. Try the haxn, a pork shank with beer gravy, potato dumpling, and cabbage salad. The schweinebraten, or roasted pork shoulder, is another winner. 107 Ave. C, 212-598-1098, nyc.zumschneider.com
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