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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Have Your Fill of Art (and Beer) in Munich


2. Where to Eat

Spatenhaus an der Oper is a paragon of Bavarian cuisine in Munich’s Old Town.  

Channel the Old World at Künstlerhaus, a frescoed Venetian salon originally opened by Bavaria’s Prince Regent in 1900 that once served as a setting for masked balls. The upscale restaurant now serves globe-spanning cuisine and is favored for its savory weekend brunch, served until 3pm.

Gorge on home-style Italian dishes at Seerose, a year-old trattoria with red gingham tablecloths and arty black and white photos on the walls. Though the menu offers around a dozen German brews—try the excellent Franziskaner wheat beer—classics like venison ragout on pappardelle are reminders that Munich is only 130 miles from the Italian border.

Request a second-floor table near the window for a view of the opera house at Spatenhaus an der Oper, an antler-filled gem serving inventive Bavarian cuisine. The extensive menu spans seven pages—narrow it down by ordering one of the “Spatenhaus Specialties,” like veal meatballs with cognac-pepper sauce. Pair your meal with one of 10 regional beers or a bottle of German sauvignon blanc (from $40).

Eat late at Heart, a clubby, five-month-old newcomer that serves hearty dishes like beef tartar and Wiener schnitzel until five in the morning. Stylish diners lounge on banquettes beside huge bay windows, listening to blaring dance remixes and swilling glasses of the Heartbreaker, the house Prosecco and elderflower cocktail.

Published on Sep 17, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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