Heidelberg

Heidelberg Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of Manhattan, within the Yorkville neighborhood, a twee themed alehouse lures locals with the promise of beer from a boot. Not a leather-bound hiking monstrosity we might add, but the “steifel” – a boot shaped glass popular in Germany, capable of holding up to 2 liters of smooth, Deutsch ale. Heidelberg’s garden is a-typical of the cozy, hemmed in back yards of Berlin brewery pubs, with a smattering of umbrella shaded tables and a convivial atmosphere. Head down in the fall for the Oktober Fest (October 12th) – a commemoration of King Ludwig I’s marriage to Therese …continue reading

Vol De Nuit

Vol De Nuit

When Frances Hodgson Burnett dreamed up his decadent 19th Century “Secret Garden”, you can bet he envisaged an isolated retreat, where no semblance of sound or Industrial Revolution could penetrate. The Vol De Nuit Bar and Restaurant has much in common with that fictitious English hideaway. Nestled behind a sophisticated facade lies a leafy 19th Century courtyard, bedecked with tangled vines and overhanging trees, plus around forty well spaced communal tables. Inspired by humble Belgian drinking dens such as the PP Cafe on Rue Jules Van Praetstraat, Brussels, Vol De Nuit brings a taste of Franco-Belgian culture into the heart …continue reading

Zum Schneider

Zum Schneider

Tracking down a slice of Europe, replete with umbrella clad tables and frilly-dressed waitresses isn’t exactly mission impossible in New York, however finding one that serves ice cold Bavarian beer via Teutonic draft is a different story. Zun Schneider Bar and Restaurant is the brainchild of German-American restaurateur Sylvester Schneider, who envisaged a space that would truly inspire the convivial German spirit. With live music each and every evening from folk and soft rock outfits, coupled with an extensive wurst menu and over 20 ales for the sampling, this is possibly as close to Little Germany as you can get within …continue reading

The Standard Biergarten

The Standard Biergarten

Beset within the chic Standard Hotel in the heart of Chelsea district, lies one of the most elegant German inspired biergartens in New York. Surprisingly, the Standard Biergarten has been open less than two years, although standing within it’s enclosed ted yard, you feel as if you’ve walked into a time capsule, where the archaic elements of a German brewery house come to life. Affordable ales such as Köstritzer Schwarzbier start from a mere $7, while sumptuous dishes such as curry-wurst and pretzels won’t set you back much more. With 30 communal tables and ample room for the milling, …continue reading

La Birreria

La Birreria

Situated above Mario Batali’s gastronome utopia on Fifth Avenue, La Birreria commands spectacular views to the Empire State and neighboring Flat Iron district. Technically, La Birreria should feature within the “Rooftop Bars” section, however the Bavarian-Italian influence is so distinct, it would do little justice to the categorization. Italian house ales are all brewed on-site, under the curious noses of visitors and the watchful eye of the Executive Brewer. Among the mouthwatering gourmet pairings are sauerkraut with mushroom entrees and pork shoulder with pickled vegetables – the perfect compliment to cask ales with a full bodied flavor that cannot be found …continue reading

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