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Feb 2, 2009 06:58 AM

German Pretzel

Looking for a bakery that makes good German pretzels. Any suggestions?

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  1. I am afraid that German bakeries are a rarity around here, but the pretzels at Lederhosen, the German bar and restaurant in the West Village, are nearly perfect.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Ahhh, thanks! I should have clarified--it doesnt have to be a bakery, in fact, being able to drink beer with it is a definite bonus.


      Any other suggestions out there?

      1. re: aravenel

        I can't claim to be a German pretzel expert, but I find the ones at Loreley to be very similar to the ones at Lederhosen and also quite good. (The food at Loreley is, in general, surprisingly good.)

        1. re: cimui

          I've heard only good things about the food at Loreley, though I was always suspicious as every time I've been there, Weezer is playing on the overhead and I'm the only one who speaks German. I guess you don't have to be able to pronounce Gem├╝tlichkeit to provide it.

          1. re: JungMann

            in the past two years, i've noticed that it's been discovered by those of the college frat persuasion (who, if they speak german, are not flaunting such liguistic prowess at loreley).

            but actually i was introduced to the bar by a german friend (now family member) and have encountered lots of groups of (loud) carousing germans especially when round football matches are showing.

            i am, however, guilty as charged. i don't speak a word of german -- other than, say, leiderhosen -- and don't know how to pronounce gemutlichkeit. they're still nice enough to feed me good food and beer. :)

            1. re: cimui

              The college frat boys dude-ing each other into drinking liters of beer are pretty bad. Equally unexpected have been the emo Williamsburg bartenders I've met there, but hey, if the food's good, I've ignored a lot worse!

            2. re: JungMann

              Ahh, schoene Gemuetlichkeit. Das scheint mir gut; ich muss Loreley probieren!

              Speaking of German, do you know of any places with a Stammtisch or something similar? I'd love the opportunity to practice my German a bit more often...

              1. re: aravenel

                Sit at the Stammtisch at Lederhosen and chat with the bartenders and servers. Everyone speaks German... and I do mean everyone. I thought I was secretly gossiping with the Namibian waitress auf Deutsch about a group of non-European patrons until she informed me that they were all fluent German-speakers who had just returned from their flat in Berlin!

          2. re: aravenel

            I'm pretty sure that Zum Schneider offers them, as well.

        2. Silver Moon on the UWS carries them most days. You should probably call in advance however.