Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bringing back the Austro-Hungarian Empire one bite, and beer, at a time.

There are those times when you just need to get your German (or Austrian) on. Thankfully, NYC is having a bit of a German (and Austrian) moment. Beer Gardens (or Bier Gartens) are popping up all over the place  and a few new restaurants are joining the scene as well.

One of the new restaurants catering to your inner Otto Von Bismarck is Edi and The Wolf. Across the street from Zum Schneider on Avenue C and 8th street, the restaurant looks like an overgrown industrial Black Forest with a bit of shipyard decor thrown in. It works. As for the food, it is spot on. Traditional without being dated or boring.

Start with the best Landjager (a dried hunters sausage) I have had outside of Zingerman's. Rich, creamy Spatzel. Yes. Weiner Schnitzel, light, perfectly done with Lingonberry Jam, classic cucumber salad and a wonderful spicy, mustardy potato salad. Check. Crisp, meaty duck breast? You got it. Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and apples. Are you kidding? Top it off with a drink from their well curated beer and wine lists and you have an evening that will have you humming Strauss waltzes, singing German Beer Hall songs and ordering that Bayern Munich jersey you have had your eye on.

Gute Nacht!

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