#3: Zum Schneider has two locations, one on Ave C at East 7th Street and the other in Montauk. The tents and decorations are up so don your favorite Bavarian attire and join the masses around the umpteen kegs of imported and domestic suds like Schneider Weisse Amber, Aventinus, Schneider’s Doppelbock and Weihenstephaner Weissbier. For eats the have an extensive menu including Weisswurst: Two boiled Bavarian white sausages w/ sweet mustard & a Brezn (Pretzel) or Bratwurstsemmel on a fresh roll w/ mustard. Wunderbar!
Check out their oom pah pah here: http://nyc.zumschneider.com
#2: Hallo Berlin with its year round beer garden made our list because this location survived the renaissance of Hell’s Kitchen. It was one of the first restaurants to move into the hood and lasted the years due to loyal customers, consistently good food and a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits to choose from. This subdued establishment is where to celebrate with kinders and elders. We recommend the Porsche Berliner Currywurst.
For Oktoberfest specials click here: http://www.halloberlinrestaurant.com
#1: Zeppelin Hall. Just a hop, skip and path train ride under the Hudson and you will find the gigantic Oktoberfest party tent in a complex called Zeppelin Hall. Located in Jersey City, this place pulls out all the stops for Oktoberfest with live German music every Friday and Saturday night, plus contests and over 50 types of beer on tap along with their popular Giant Pretzel, Schnitzel, Sauerbraten and the Full House Wurstplate with Bratwurst, Kielbasa, Chicken Brat, Andoulie, Cheese Brat and Nurberger served with spicy cabbage salad, rye-bread and French fries. The Germans apparently like everything big.
We kid you not, Zeppelin hall is as large as an aircraft hanger and the festivities are as close to Berlin as we can get. We heard that they once found a discarded dirndl in the bathroom. That needs no investigation or explanation.
Raise a stein and check them out here: http://www.zeppelinhall.com