With larger than life Bavarian pretzels, specially brewed beer, and polka music, Oktoberfest has once again descended upon our fair city. But with festivities already underway and running well into October, finding the right party can be harder than squeezing into a pair of lederhosen after a plate of blood sausages. That’s why we’ve highlighted the best remaining deals and events. You just have to focus on carrying a handful of steins.
Zum Schneider’s Munich on the East River, Solar One, 24-20 FDR Drive, October 3 through 5 and October 10 through 12
Strong men contests, cotton candy, and a stein to bring home make this Oktoberfest celebration one of the most family friendly events in NYC. Add in German beers, haxn, and a live oompah band, and you’ve got yourself a date on the waterfront. Tickets start at $25 (cash only), and will be sold at the door on the day of the event. VIP tickets are available online.
NYC Oktoberfest, Stone Street between William and Pearl Streets, October 4, 12 p.m.
Twelve businesses unite on the Financial District’s most raucous block to celebrate the official end of Oktoberfest. Restaurants like Bavaria Bier Haus will grill up smoked sausage, currywurst, and crispy pork belly-waffle sliders; there will also be live Bavarian music and a brewing demonstration by Bitter & Esters. Beers will be provided by Erdinger Weissbräu and Sixpoint Brewery, with a selection of non-German bites also on hand for those bored with brats.
Crab and Claw’s Lobstoberfest, Hudson, 356 West 58th Street, October 11
Pretzels with beer cheese sauce and three different kinds of lobster rolls dominate this holiday celebration with a nautical twist, which runs until October 30. Twelve beers, including a special batch from Brooklyn’s own Kelso Brewery, fill the bar. On October 11, the venue will feature live music, free samples, and beer tastings, too.
Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Oktoberfest, Studio Square, 35-33 36th Street, Queens, Sunday October 19, 2 p.m.
Andrew Zimmern returns to serve as MC for the Food and Wine Festival’s Germanic shindig. Schnitzel and strudel from chefs like Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Ban will be paired with a selection of beers. The party will also feature drinking games and a band playing traditional music; grab your tickets before the party.
Ambrose Beer Garden, 18 Fulton Street
Throughout the month of October, this South Street Seaport beer garden and its next door sibling Ambrose Hall are offering a new seasonal beer list that includes pours like Coney Island’s Freakoberfest. Guests might want to stop by during Ambrose’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., as a stein hoisting competition will run every day through the end of the month. The champion will be crowned on October 31, and those who win the daily competition will receive a complimentary commemorative stein. Look, too, for sausages sourced from Upper East Side butcher Schaller and Weber.
Ardesia Wine Bar, 510 West 52nd Street
Chef Amorette Casaus’ weisswurst — accompanied by sauerkraut and sweet mustard — will be available for $13 throughout the month of October. Guests can also add on a pint of Victory Brewery’s Oktoberfest-style Fiestbier for an additional $5.
Artisanal Bistro and Wine Bar, 2 Park Avenue
Oktoberfest beer and cheese pairings are available until the 31st at this Murray Hill restaurant. Chef Terrance Brennan’s kitchen is also cooking up a few German delicacies on a special menu to mark the occasion, with cheese experts on hand to assist guests in choosing good dairy.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie Brooklyn, 250 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
Through October 5, the Brooklyn branch of the Blue Ribbon franchise is offering a variety of German dishes courtesy of native son Chef Martin Brock. Cheese spaetzle, warm pretzels with obatzda dip, and plenty of Paulaner beer can be found on the menu.
Colicchio & Sons, 85 Tenth Avenue
After working up an appetite on the Highline, diners can head to this nearby restaurant for an Oktoberfest meal, which includes seasonal beer pairings and housemade sausages served with sauerkraut, warm potato salad, and pretzel bread. Look for three American beers on the list: Ommegang Brewery’s Harvest Ale Scythe & Sickle, Victory Brewery’s Oktoberfest Fiestbier, and Smuttynose Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale. The main course is offered for $48, with optional beer pairings for $12 per person.
Loreley, 7 Rivington Street
With events like Sausage Fest on October 4 and a beer pairing dinner on October 9, this Lower East Side retreat is one of the liveliest destinations to eat and drink the night away in lederhosen. There’s also an Oktoberfest Halloween party, and deals like the first beer of the evening free on select dates. A full line up of festivities and the option to purchase tickets can be viewed on the restaurant’s website.
Radegast Hall and Biergarten, 113 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn
Through October 4, this Williamsburg biergarten is offering a special menu along with stein-holding competitions and live music. The expansive German beer list includes favorites like Erdinger and Hofbrau.
The Standard Biergarten, 848 Washington Street
The German brewers behind Bitburger created a special beer exclusively for this perenially packed destination. Dubbed The Standard Brahaus Licher Oktoberfest, the brew is now available, and has a touch of caramel and toasted grain.
Zum Stammtisch, 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, Queens
One of New York’s old-school German drinking dens, this Glendale restaurant is the perfect place for a plate of schnitzel and crisp German lager. The restaurant is offering a special $60 four-course holiday menu and will feature live music on select dates; reservations are currently being accepted.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 3, 2014