F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.
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This venue is closed.
Ingrid Roettele made a name for herself at Roettele A.G., her German-Swiss restaurant whose closing was mourned by East Village night owls. Fortunately, she’s serving the neighborhood once more at Heartbreak, a vast corner space on 2nd and Second. Grab a window seat for excellent evening people-watching and plates of spaetzle, currywurst, and recently a mind-blowing maultaschen (oxtail-stuffed ravioli). Cheese fondue for two will keep you warm in the cold, blond-wood-clad space that's more Scandinavian hunter's lodge than cozy brauhaus, but a better bet would be the heartwarming short rib “sauerbraten” where the melt-in-your-mouth meat sits on a bed of red cabbage and plump spaetzle. Although there’s a vast variety of Riesling and other Northern European wine, the beer list will please the biggest suds snob–the twenty-plus varieties are obscure imports served in dumbbell-size steins.Recommended Dishes
In-house smoked trout ($10), Braised boneless shortrip “sauerbraten” ($21)