Best top-notch Teutonic New York 2006 - Chalet Alpina
Floating in a the middle of a cemetery, Niederstein's was our German flagship, encapsulating 150 years of German American history in a single restaurant. With its closure we must look further for Deutsche essen. At Chalet Alpina, the waitresses dress like vampires, but there's no denying the excellence of the wiener schnitzel, or its pork cousin, and there's nothing better than a plate of smoked bratwurst sided with sauerkraut and the free-form noodles called spaetzle, washed down with a lemon-wedged glass of weissbier. The decor makes the dining room something of a Teutonic Disneyland.