There’s a staircase in East Midtown that leads straight to Bavaria. Trust us – these steps pave the way for a day (or even just a lunch break) spent enjoying the pleasures of a spacious German biergarten — and it’s all just a short climb up 3rd Avenue.It’s true that one can find just about anything they’re hankerin’ for in this fine metropolis. So it should come as no surprise that there’s a staircase in East Midtown that leads straight to Bavaria. What does strike us? These steps lead to more than just an exploration by the plate – they pave the way for a day (or even just a lunch break) spent enjoying the pleasures of a spacious German biergarten — and it’s all just a short climb up from 3rd Avenue. Foliage drapes a skylight in the center of the room, offering ample sunlight, while long picnic tables encourage group revelry and the kind of open-air mingling we love at outdoor beer gardens. Even on a rainy day, we imagine staring out at the Alps over a brew. Skyscrapers may stand in for mountains, but the authentic food and drink is a nod toward beloved Bavarian traditions.
For a quick lunch, we head straight for the lineup of bratwurst and other roasted, boiled or grilled versions of the popular sausage. The spot’s signature wurst is a roasted pork and veal number served with Germanstyle potato salad, sauerkraut and a choice of sweet or spicy mustard. (Pro Tip: the Wurst Sampler offers a roundtrip flight of the Bratwurst, Käsekrainer, Chicken Bratwurst and Baurenwurst all in one go.) We’re also big fans of Bierhaus’ Bavarian spin on ye old sandwich and salad. The Pork Schnitzel Sandwich has a juicy edge over it’s sliceddelimeat peers that’ll keep this spot flashing on our midday radars. (Heck, lightly breaded and fried pork filets will do that to a person.) And the Bavarian Beef Salad is hardly a light affair with its rich mixture of thinly sliced beef, bell peppers and tomatoes paired with a boiled egg and potato salad. Pint-soaked happy hours and dinners inside the Bierhaus also necessitate a hearty foundation of food in our stomachs. Before polishing off a liter of Hofbrau, break bread with beerlovin’ coworkers and friends over a Bierhaus Pretzel. Then, move on to conquer Sauerbraten, slowbraised beef marinated in wine and vinegar, and Roasted Hendl, an herbroasted halfchicken with homemade spätzle. Now, does Oktöberfest really only have to happen once a year? We think not.
Bierhaus Pretzel, $4.50 regular / $9.50 large
Pork Schnitzel Sandwich, $13
Bavarian Beef Salad, $15
Roasted Hendl, $16
Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.