I’ve found a few copies of this postcard on ebay in the past couple months. I’ve even seen a few matchbooks for sale from the place as well. According to a 1972 issue of the New Yorker, Yorkville’s long gone Hofbrau was “a big brassy beergarden establishment featuring yodeling, singing, swinging, dancing and bands”.Continue reading »
Yorkville was at one time, the little germantown of Manhattan (i’ll be posting a history of yorkville post later). It’s germanness has faded in the past decades, but two strongholds remain. Schaler & Weber, the german butcher shop/grocery, that I will be sure to write up at a later date. The other, only two doors down from the wursthaus, is Heidelberg Restaurant, a main stay of the neighborhood since 1936. What better place to start my NY Bier Hall Crawl, than this legend.Continue reading »
then we take Berlin… err well in this case, Brooklyn.
What’s all this about now, you ask? Well I made a New Year’s resolution. Unlike many people’s resolutions which involve drinking less, or eating better, mine involves drinking more and having a constant supply of baked bread (ie pretzels) and meat (aka wursts and bratens). I’ve decided to take on all the german biergartens, bars and restaurants in the five boroughs and surrounding counties of the tri-state area. All this in the course of this year. To counter the possible massive weight gain this might cause I have also made a more standard resolution to run at the gym more.Continue reading »