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Sep 12, 2000 01:37 AM


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can these german style sausages popular inthe midwest be found in or near Manhattanfresh or frozen in supermarkets or specialtyshops?? Midwesterners like to call them brats.I am not sure if they are popular outside themidwest.

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  1. This is just a guess but, if anyone would carry bratwurst, it would be Schaller & Weber (2nd Avenue, east side of the avenue, between 86th and 85th Streets). Can't provide you with the phone number, but it's definitely worth a call.

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    1. re: Dena

      The problem with Schaller & Weber's bratwurst, and those of other non-Midwest German purveyors, is that it's a different sausage from the Sheboygan brat. I've never had a real brat outside of the midwest. Fortunately, there are places where Sheboygan brats can be ordered by mail.

    2. Not 100% sure on this, but I thought bratwurst was the sausage that New Yorkers call "specials" -- they look like fat stubby frankfurters?? You can get them at any decent butcher shop; last time I bought them was at the Romanian butcher on 43rd Street in Sunnyside. OTOH maybe I'm thinking of "knockwurst"...

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      1. re: Jeremy Osner

        Yeah, that's knockwurst you're thinking of.

        1. re: Jeremy Osner
          mark grossman

          indeed specials are knockwurst. NOT bratwurst

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          Robert Sietsema

          Yum yum! Of course, to do them Wisconsin style you must first boil them in beer and then barbecue them over charcoal. It's easy to get the real thing in Manhattan, and worth the trouble to get them at Schaller & Weber, one of the few remaining Deutsche meat markets on the East Side (1624 2nd Ave at 85th St, 879-3047).

          1. The Ehmer's shops are mostly on LI. I think there are a couple in Queens, though. Note that they're a bit pricey at D&D. Big surprise.

            Not sure if these would be quite what you're used to - but they were good enough for my Bayerischer grandfather.