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Feb 1, 2007 03:04 PM

Best German on Long Island?

It's been a long time since I've been out for German. Can you guys give me feedback on the most succulent sauerbraten in all of Long Island? I am looking for a place that doesn't just add the gravy to the dry, carved slices of meat - you know what I mean right? There's a grayish pile on your plate, maybe 4 or 5 slices, with a ladle-full of gravy poured over the top… Ew.

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  1. I cannot say anything about sauerbraten but you may want to try Koenig's in Floral Park, Black Forest Brewery in Farmingdale and Pumpernickels in Northport. Good German food on LI is hard to find.

    The Smithtown House and Bavarian Inn also serve German food. Bavarian is fair, and I haven't been to the Smithtown House lately. We used to go to the Pinegrove Inn in East Patchogue, but they have changed hands and I do not know if they still have German food.

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    1. re: Fred19
      You could also check out Plattsdeutsche Park in Franklin Square, they've been around forever (link above). I've only been to business functions there, so can't comment on the menu personally, they have a good reputation.
      Also Freds in Huntington is famous for their sauerbraten, although I wasn't overly impressed myself, I remember it being a little tough.

    2. while i can't add info from personal experience i have heard, and hopefully a chowhound can give details, that pumpernickels in northport has good german food and i think it is called forest pork store (not sure) on jerico turnpike in huntington has good german. feedback on these twp places would be great.

      1. Freds in Huntington has recently lost is authentic appeal. The waitresses used to dress in the traditional "St. Paulie Girl" outfits and the place served the best German cuisine. Unfortunately, a few months ago, the cooks bought out the owners and have begun to dilute the restaurant to a point where it's just like any other continental restaurant. Pumpernickles in Northport is great. Forest Pork Store on Jericho Turnpike is a pork store and not a restaurant, but it is easily one of the best pork stores around. Oak Chalet in Bellmore has been there forever.

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        1. re: jonathankavner

          Once you've had Forest's fresh bratwurst there's no turning back...