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Beer Hall Type Place needed for group of 12 celebrating birthday on a Thursday

merhas Aug 16, 2011 06:40 AM

I"m planning a birthday gathering for my fiance for Thursday, Sept 1 (right around labor day weekend) around 7pm for 10 - 12 people in their late 20's in NYC only. I am looking for a low-key but fun beer hall type (or similar vibe) place that actually takes reservations. I am not looking for expensive or high-end, and I have no idea how much beer and food(fam style ideally) might cost. HELP - I'd love your suggestions!

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    ahoffman1202 Aug 17, 2011 10:15 AM

    I'd try Zum Schneider or Mission Dolores.

    Zum Schneider
    107 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

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      caterman Aug 17, 2011 11:33 AM

      Try studio 2 (sq) in LIC -Astoria - right by the Museum of Moving Image-
      great beer hall -

    2. bobjbkln Aug 17, 2011 08:55 AM

      By NYC, I assume that you mean Manhattan (NYC has 5 boroughs). If so, I'd suggest Korzo Haus in the E. Village. Never been, but I have been a number of times to their parent restaurant in Brooklyn. More middle European than German, but lots of wurst platters, German beers, etc. They take reservations and are very moderately priced.

      Korzo Haus
      178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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        bobstripower Aug 16, 2011 03:27 PM

        We love Heidleberg up on 86th street,the old Germantown area.If you go get the shweinhaxen--its fantastic-- they have outdoors as well and all the waietrs wear Lederhosen,and its owned by a real German native--you can drini Getman beer out of a glas boot

        1648 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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          gutsofsteel Aug 16, 2011 03:40 PM

          The food at Heidelberg is quite poor.

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            bobstripower Aug 16, 2011 04:28 PM

            i used to travel to Germany alot, and the food is as good as it gets at Hedielberg--heres a review from urbanspoon http://chasingjamesbeard.com/?p=2169 Maybe the poster doesnt like German food- as i said the shweinhaxen which is very hard to make is outstanding--and the German beer is terrific--f youre looking for a foodie experience, German food wont do it--but as far as taste it great

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              JungMann Aug 16, 2011 05:22 PM

              I go to Heidelberg on occasion because it is nearby, but while I appreciate it for what it is, neither the food nor the fusty clientele are much of a draw for a 20-something birthday party. Lederhosen serves Schweinshaxe, along with plenty of other German food that might change your opinion about how "foodie" German cuisine can be. They are also the most reasonably-priced beer hall in the borough.

              39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

              1648 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                gutsofsteel Aug 16, 2011 05:23 PM

                We will have to agree to disagree. I've been to Germany many times too. I find the food at Heidelberg mediocre at best.

                By the way it's Schweinshaxe, not shweinhaxen.

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            kathryn Aug 16, 2011 07:58 AM

            I'd look into:
            Loreley: good for groups, but the food is only OK
            Spitzer's Corner: good for groups, good food, but it can get really loud
            Jimmy's No. 43: I think they have a private room and can arrange a tasting / prix fixe dependent upon your budget
            Birreria at Eataly: probably the most expensive option for a beer garden

            7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            Spitzer's Corner
            101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            Jimmy's No. 43
            43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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              merhas Aug 17, 2011 07:43 AM

              thanks all! Anyone else been to Spitzer's? what's the atmosphere like there?

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                kathryn Aug 17, 2011 07:48 AM

                Lots of wooden surfaces. Dark wood. Long tables. Big windows, especially in the back room that can open and you can sit on the windowsill. Busy & crowded on weekends.

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                  Noodle fanatic Jun 24, 2012 06:25 PM

                  Between Bierreria and Spitzer's Corner, which has better food?

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                    Alan Henderson Jun 24, 2012 07:27 PM

                    Food is better at Bierreria (and more expensive), beer better at Spitzer's.

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              Alan Henderson Aug 16, 2011 06:59 AM

              I would imagine that Lederhosen on Grove street in the West Village would be able to accommodate you. It is definitely "beer hall type" and they have share-able sausage platters and the like. Certainly not high end.

              39 Grove St
              New York, 10014
              (212) 206-7691

              39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

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