1695 Second Ave., at 88th St.; 212-722-5133
A faithfully robust choucroute garnie and 118-bottle collection of beer curated by a resident “beer sommelier.”
- 2. Blaue Gans
139 Duane St., nr. W. Broadway; 212-571-8880
Kurt Gutenbrunner’s wirtshaus celebrates Oktoberfest through the 15th with giant homemade pretzels, excellent German beers, and various sausages and strudels.
242 Tenth Ave., at 24th St.; 212-645-5659
Swiss farm boy Ralf Kuettel’s diet-be-damned menu is chock-full of trencherman plates like pork-shoulder crépinettes and roast lamb saddle with bacon sauce.
- 4. Koliba
31-11 23rd Ave., Astoria; 718-626-0430
Enormous planks of chicken schnitzel, goulash served with sliced-bread “dumplings,” spaetzle in a tangy sheep’s-milk sauce—it’s not the lightest cuisine. Which is where a nice, palate-cleansing Czech pilsner comes in.