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German food - Manhattan?

broken_down_halo Jul 8, 2012 10:53 AM

Driving into NYC for a few days and wondered if there were any German restaurants worth their salt these days. I found the other post regarding same but it was from 2007. Thanks!

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    kathryn Jul 8, 2012 11:52 AM

    I found a few threads from the last 2-3 years:

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    1. re: kathryn
      broken_down_halo Jul 8, 2012 12:37 PM

      Thank you. Clearly, I did not look hard enough. :-)

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      clareandromeda Jul 8, 2012 03:22 PM

      Wechslers! The currywurst!

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        michelleats Jul 9, 2012 08:49 PM

        I hate to plug a place as incessantly as I do Landbrot, but if you are looking for lighter, cafe-style fare or bakery products, that is the place to find it. Pretzel rolls, apple strudel, sandwiches are all very good. There's a happy hour special where you get a ginormous mug of obscure, delicious, microbrewed German beer and a traditional soft pretzel (with crispy parts) for $9. There's casual indoor and outdoor seating with table service, but it's not a formal restaurant.

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          foodwhisperer Jul 9, 2012 10:52 PM

          I recommend the Biergarten at the Standard ( meat market area),,,, Other than that Blau Gans and Wallse but it is not German food, it is Austrian food and both very good, and probably close enough to German food to satisfy your craving. Another option is to go to Glendale and eat good German food at Zum Stammtisch Restaurant

          1. ellenost Jul 10, 2012 04:01 AM

            I still like Heidelberg very much. It does help that I live a block away, but the Jaeger Schnitzel is excellent, and the potato pancakes are excellent. Next time I want to try their sausages. BTW, if you're planning to go on a weekend, you should make a reservation since they get very crowded.

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              foodwhisperer Jul 10, 2012 06:53 PM

              The Jaeger Schnitzel at Blau Gans is excellent. I have note tried Heidelberg's

              1. re: foodwhisperer
                ellenost Jul 10, 2012 08:55 PM

                Agree with you about Blaue Gans. Also love the Salzburger Nockerl at Blaue Gans (& at Wallse).

              2. re: ellenost
                JungMann Jul 11, 2012 11:28 AM

                I go to Heidelberg with some frequency since I'm also in the neighborhood, but never willingly. The food has never lived up to the competition downtown from Wechsler's, Lederhosen, Zum Schneider, or if you prefer Austrian: Cafe Katja or Cafe Sabarsky.

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                GaryUES Jul 10, 2012 06:39 PM

                I grew up with homemade German-American food in the Midwest. I've tried Cafe D'Alsace (Alsacian) 3X with different friends, no one was impressed. Heidelberg isn't the best I've ever had, but I appreciate the atmosphere and love their (very reasonable) lunch, especially the Apple Pancake.

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                  RGR Jul 11, 2012 08:21 AM

                  Cafe d'Alsace is French (albeit with some Alsacian leanings) not German. We've eaten there a few times. While I wouldn't call the food great, I've found it to be solidly prepared and tasty.


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                    Chinon00 Jul 12, 2012 12:19 PM

                    I could imagine someone describing Cafe D'Alsace that way to you (i.e. German-like); since they serve sausages and the Alsace region of France is understood to have some German influence. But expecting "German" food weren't you surprised by the menu once you arrived? I mean it's nothing like Heidelberg's menu.


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                      GaryUES Jul 12, 2012 05:34 PM

                      Historically Alsace has bounced between Germany and France. A hundred years ago it was part of Germany, and a huge majority of Alsatians speak a German dialect which is not of Romantic origin (i.e.not French). One of the most famous Alsatian dishes is charcroute, which involves sauercraut, not known as a French dish. Heidelberg is in Southern Germany, so comparing an Alsatian menu to Heidelberg's is roughly akin to comparing southern American cuisine to northern American food. I agree with the recommendation of Seasonal.

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                        Chinon00 Jul 12, 2012 08:37 PM

                        "Heidelberg is in Southern Germany, so comparing an Alsatian menu to Heidelberg's is roughly akin to comparing southern American cuisine to northern American food."

                        But I was comparing the menus of Heidelberg (restaurant) and Cafe D'Alsace; and not traditional dishes FROM Heidelberg and Alsace. What relationship do you find between the menus of these two restaurants?

                  2. Bob Martinez Jul 10, 2012 08:55 PM

                    Blau Gans and Seasonal are good at the high end. I wouldn't get overly concerned trying to distinguish between Austrian vs. German. The menus largely overlap.

                    At the cafe end Cafe Katja and Loreley are very good with CK being the more upscale of the two. I've also heard nice things about Edi and the Wolf.

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                      stfwschaefer Jul 15, 2012 08:46 AM

                      We planned to have a Schnitzel at Zum Schneider but changed plans and went across the street to Edi and the Wolf.
                      The food is so much more refined. The Spätzle are a remarkable dish and can be shared as an app. The Wiener Schnitzel with potato and cucumber salat is very good. Also available from veal (as it should be for "Wiener") for $4 more.

                      BTW Edi is run by Seäsonal's Edi Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban. The is reflected in the quality of food and service.

                      This is another relatively affordable choice where one can enjoy Middle European food without being bothered by humpa music and other annoying cliché.

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                      John Francis Jul 11, 2012 09:07 PM

                      Seäsonal on West 58th Street between 6th and 7th Aves. is an upscale Austrian restaurant that serves delicious food, in rather small portions and at fairly stiff prices.


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