New York City’s newest German beer hall has opened in midtown in time to celebrate the annual Oktoberfest celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic. Reichenbach Hall has more than a dozen German brews on tap, including an unusual Schoferhoffer grapefruit hefeweizen, and a menu of wursts and other German specialties that includes a tofu wurst for vegetarians.
However – notably absent from the menu in this Bavarian-style beer hall is weisswurst, the delicate veal sausage which is pretty much the Bavarian national dish. It’s like no Big Macs at McDonalds, no hot dogs at Yankee Stadium, or no lattes at Starbucks. And the website menu calls spaetzle, the classic German dumpling, an “American classic” comfort food, with bacon and melted cheese. Maybe that’s just a typo, but the prices aren’t.
Half-liters of beer are $8 or $9, and $15 and $18 for a full liter, depending on brand an style. A hot dog on a bun, such as bratwurst with kraut, is $10.99, and a wurst platter with potato salad and both red cabbage and sauerkraut is $16.99. Classic Wiener schnitzel is $24. The restaurant is at 5 West 37th.
I wish Reichenbach Hall good luck and success with this new restaurant, but with those prices and the menu lapses, NYCOTC cannot put Reichbach Hall in the category of Cheap Eats. Do check the NYCOTC Cheap Eats page for affordable NYC restaurants.