Best German Restaurants in Queens
The name says it all. Brats and bier and not much else.
This is the place to try a big selection of German sausages paired with German brews.
There’s a dozen kinds of wursts, ranging from the traditional to one made with rattlesnake and another with alligator.
My favorite is Leberkese, a slab of pork meatloaf, or terrine, grilled and served with home fries and fried eggs. It’s a favorite sandwich in Munich, without the eggs and fries.
During Oktoberfest there’s usually a beer mug holding contest. Don’t laugh – heavy glass mugs that hold one liter of beer can weigh several pounds, and experienced waiters and waitresses at Oktoberfest can juggle several in each hand. It’s a workout, for sure.
- Max Bratwurst Und Bier is at 4702 30th Ave., Astoria, (718) 777-1635
Okay, okay, this is not a genuine German restaurant and beer hall, but a Czech restaurant and beer hall. But they are close geographically and in terms of menus and ambiance to be siblings.
There are more than a dozen beers on tap, including Germany’s Urquel and Spaten. from Germany. And it’s got one of the largest outdoor beer gardens anywhere in New York City.
The menu includes schnitzels and goulash, plus wursts, which includes Kielbasa, of course, and homemade pierogies, meat-filled dumplings served with sour cream and a choice of red cabbage, spinach or sauerkraut And potato pancakes, with either sour cream or applesauce, just like Germany’s.
Please skip the nachos, which are not native to Germany or anything in Czech heritage.
- Bohemian Hall is at 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, 718-274-4925
In Germany, a “stammtisch” is reserved for regulars, who often keep store personal beer steins on the premises.
Germans gravitate here for the rustic decor and regular viewings of soccer games. The menu is full of German classics including wursts and wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato salad and apple strudel.
if you are a fan of hefeweizen – wheat beer – as I am, this is the place to go, with more than a half-dozen to choose from, including Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Dunkel, a dark wheat rarely found outside Germany.
- Zum Stamtisch is at 69-46 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, (718) 386-3014
Best German Restaurants in Brooklyn
Top of the list is Flammkuchen (translation: flame cake). Think of it as a German pizza. It originated in the Alsace region along the southwestern French-German border, and it’s made with rolled out bread dough shaped like a rectangle and covered with crème fraiche, thinly sliced onion, and bacon.
There’s also a selection of wursts. And beer, of course. Try Rothaus, a Black Forest pilsner not widely available outside Germany.
- Black Forest Brooklyn -733 Fulton St, 718-935-0300
- Black Forest Brooklyn – Smith Street, 181 Smith St, 718-522-1806
This cavernous and often rowdy beer hall in Williamsburg is equally famous for its live music as it is for beer, sausages and schnitzels.
The Spicy Hungarian Goulash and Dumplings will stick to your ribs, as will the Vegetable Kas Spaetzle, Germany’s famous noodles, smothered with cheese and with veggies added.
There’s a dozen beers on draft, including several seasonal Oktoberfest varieties, plus another dozen bottled choices including from all over Europe, including Austria and craft breweries in New York State.
During Oktoberfest there are mug-holding contests every evening, one for men and another for women.
- Radegast Hall is 113 N 3rd St., Williamsburg, (718) 963-3973