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Oct 1, 2009 02:31 PM

Beer Halls/Gardens in Manhattan

Last weekend I had a great time at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens (29-19 24th Ave., between 29th and 31 St.). Is there anything like this in Manhattan? Specifically looking for:

* plentiful seating, even on Friday night
* decent selection of taps
* cheap (pitchers would be plus)

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  1. Loreley on Rivington would be your best bet. Think of it as a mini German version of the Bohemian Hall with better food. I wouldn't call it cheap but it's not outrageously priced either. They've got a back garden too that holds 5 or 6 tables.

    Zum Schneider on Ave. C. is also a worthy contender. They have a nice selection of beers and an extensive menu. (I haven't tried it.) Unfortunately they have no outside space.

    Zum Schneider
    107 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

    7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: Bob Martinez

      As far as I know, these are the only two options. And Zum is often ridiculously full. You have a reasonable chance at getting a seat out back at Loreley. But be warned, it's only about 1/20th the size of the BBG in astoria.

      Are there any other options at all? I faced this same question a few weeks ago and went to loreley. (which was fine, by the way).

      1. re: egit

        Lederhosen in the West Village would also work. There are rows of communal tables in the back room. There's a nice selection of German beers and the food is pretty good for it's type. The back room gets pretty noisy which can be a good or bad thing depending on what you like. I prefer the bar area which stays a lot calmer.

        The same caveat exists for all of these places. Oktoberfest has started so they may get crowded and rowdy. Of course you could dodge all of that by following my example and celebrating Novemberfest and Decemberfest.

        39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          you can order DAS BOOT at Lederhosen which is quite amusing and at the opposite end, you could also get an 8-beer sampler with 2-oz pours of all their drafts before deciding which beer to go big with. food is alright; the potato pancakes were thin and kinda bland but tasty, rollmops were pretty good, sausages fair.

    2. Zum has tables outside but no real outdoor area so to speak. Be aware its Oktoberfest this weekend. I went on tuesday and the place was packed by 5:30. Get there early if that's your choice.

      1. Bia Garden on Orchard and Stanton is a newly opened Vietnamese/Asian beer garden. Only thing is, I believe it's all bottles/cans, not taps

        1. Well, Try 10th Ave location. It has a garden in the back, and a decent selection of german beers -

          Hallo Berlin
          626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          1. McGarrys Irish pub has an amazing beer garden in the back and great specials.


            417 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001