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Sep 27, 2012 06:11 AM

German Food in Lower Hudson Valley?

A childhood friend who likes German food is visiting, and we may hit the Hudson Valley. Any recommendations, as I'm not a big German food fan, and have never eaten German food in the Hudson Valley? On Rt. 17, a few miles below Newburgh, I've often passed an enormous German restaurant that I believe is called Black Forest (I should know the name of it by now, but in all the times I've passed it, I've never given it more than a cursory glance). Anyone familiar with this place?

As far as I can remember, that's the only German restaurant I've ever seen in the area, or the only one that made any sort of visual impression at all.

Anyway, thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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  1. if you are willing to go out of the area, how about Traveler's Rest?!

    Also, I hvae not been, but Jennifers in Yorktown is supposed to be good

    1. The restaurant is the Black Forest Mill in Highland Falls--I haven't been in years, but I recall huge portions of good, not remarkable German food at reasonable prices. All the standard German entrees are offered, and complete dinners include soup, salad, starch (potato dumplings, spaetzle, etc) , vegetable (I do remember outstanding red cabbage) and dessert. Not bad, not great, but the only German restuarant in the area that I'm aware of.

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      1. re: Marge

        IMO Marge's assessment of Black Forest Mill is accurate, I also haven't been in at least 5 years maybe more.

        Have you considered Bear Mountain's Oktoberfest ( go early)

        The food, in the past has been surprsingly good


        1. re: chowdom

          When was the last time you went to Bear Mountain Oktoberfest? Last time I was there was 2005 or 2006, and I don't remember anything about the food. I don't even remember seeing food. Where was it? I'm thinking about going with a group this or next week.

          1. re: JMF

            Today and it was awful, I am rescinding my reccommendation.

            1. re: chowdom

              Sorry it was so bad. I think I'll skip it. Thanks!

              1. re: JMF

                Go for a walk / visit the zoo / check out the carousel or recently reopened Inn, just don't eat the Oktoberfest food. There is a restaurant located inside the Inn, it is nothing special and expensive for what it is. I think they are using a new caterer for the Oktoberfest. They used to serve a smoked pork chop with caraway sauerkraut and applesauce that was good enough that we looked forward to it, also a decent knocwurst and bratwurst. This year the knockwurst and bratwurst didn't look good and was served on what looked like really cheap crappy rolls, there was no vanilla ice cream for the belgian waffles, no pork chop. There was however frozen ff, frozen perogies, chicken nuggets that looked like they had potential to cause harm if ingested ...Sorry

                1. re: chowdom

                  I'll stay away from the crowds. I'm up in Harriman Park / Bear Mt. several times a month hiking and foraging for wild edibles and medicinal plants. I haven't been to the Inn in a few years, I heard that it had been renovated.

                  1. re: JMF

                    Totally agree with your decision. It's not worth dealing with the crowd of mostly aggressive, mannerless, chain smoking foreign tourists. Can't understand why we always get a bad wrap!

      2. mountain brauhaus, new paltz area (gardiner):

        i haven't been....

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        1. re: bob gaj

          Thanks, everybody. Will check 'em out.

          1. re: legsdiamond12

            Gus's in Harrison usually has a small menu of German specialties along with their seafood menu.

            also: Jennifer's in Yorktown Heights?

            1. re: weedy

              Jennifer's is wonderful, very kind and attentive staff, great specials. To me it feels like dinner at someone's house.

              1. re: ktzap

                I was very underwhelmed by the food at Jennifer's and overwhelmed at the prices...the food for me was unmemorable, and way overpriced, not worth the drive from the Newburgh area, in my opinion.

        2. If Swiss is not too far off, then I might recommend Swiss Brasserie in Ossining. The restaurant is kind of old-fashioned, but it may be what you're looking for.

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          1. re: DGresh

            Thanks, all. Will post on here when it's decided and will let you know how we do.

          2. You will be fine at Black Forest better than average food. The Black Forest Mills is in Highland Mills not Highland Falls. On Rt 32

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            1. re: tonyv

              They have changed in the past 6 months, new owner/chef is from Germany and knows his stuff. The owners wife is Polish and they have a few Polish items on the menu now. I have been there three times since the change over and enjoyed it each time. On my last visit, Oct 9, it was a bit late on a Tuesday evening (we were the last people in the door) and I had a chance to speak with the chef for about 20 minutes as we finished up dinner.

              1. re: brokerx7

                Which place has changed owners in the past 6 months? Do you mean Swiss Brasserie in Ossining? Because I thought I heard that was for sale.

                  1. re: brokerx7

                    It's a bit late (well...a LOT late), but I was finally able to get over to the Black Forest Mill. Liked the atmosphere, and I was suitably impressed with the food (although my friend was less enthusiastic). We ordered a lot of food, and I was especially appreciative of the Polish items included on the menu (I've always loved cheese Pierogi's since my days of eating them at a Ukrainian restaurant in Manhattan). Greatest German food I've ever eaten? No, but I will be returning, hopefully at some point in the near future.

              2. re: tonyv

                Stopped in a few weeks ago. I have to take it off the list.We should have known since it was a Friday night and there was only one table inside and a few outside.How could Sauerbraten be like leather.