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39 Grove St., nr. Bleecker St. (West Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-206-7691 | www.lederhosennyc.com
AMBIANCEGerman Beer Hall
HOURSMon.: closed; Tue.-Sat.: 12:00pm-12:00am; Sun.: 1:00pm-10:00pm
RESERVATIONSOnly accepted for parties of four or more
DOOR POLICYRelaxed; no cover
PRICE (BEER)USD 3-9
SIGNATURE DRINKAny of the German draught specialties
BARYes - short bar up front
FOOD SERVED?Yes - full menu of German delights
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No - but entire space can be rented
SUBWAYChristopher St.-Sheridan Sq. (1); W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.: (A, C, E, B, D, F, M)
This fun-loving German bierhaus thrills neighborhood, expat, and tourist types alike with its standard menu of favorites including wursts, schnitzel, and–you guessed it–authentic German beer (and lots of it), available by the klein, gross, mass, or pitcher. The small front room, complete with an always-packed bar, is chock full of Bavarian bric-a-brac and leads into a larger, lofty back room with communal-seating picnic tables packed with rosy-cheeked drinkers sharing in rounds of drinks and general revelry. Twosomes come to enjoy an affordable lunch (good luck finding any quality place cheaper than this, or more authentic!); however, and especially after dark, large, raucous parties are not only welcomed but demanded (a common occurrence is a boot chugging challenge between complete strangers).
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
The scene is as casual as they come; we’d go for a comfortable top, denims, and chic boots.
GO HERE WITH
A group of friends; German expats
Hyper-German surrounds draw expats and big groups of friends eager for authentic German eats and drinks.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The cheap (and very good) beer and relaxed atmosphere. It may not be in Deutschland, but this place feels like a real biergarten. Come autumn, the Oktoberfest celebrations are especially noteworthy (culture addicts won’t want to miss the traditional folk music, serious drinking, and staff clad in actual lederhosen, the traditional uniform that, in German, literally translates to “leather pants”).
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
We would love some outdoor seating.
GOOD TO KNOW
The best way to get the full experience here is to enjoy a traditional food item off the menu with any of the draught specialties. Free Wi-Fi available.
Read more about Lederhosen in The Diary
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