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Posted by Anonymous on 06/08/2009
Went there with my friends.Everything seemed to be fine. We got the table and ordered food and beer. The only thing that was really bothering us was that the waitress kept coming to our table literally every 5 minutes with the question if we were done and need anything else. More then that, she wasn't just asking us nicely: it was very grim face and irritated intonation. So after the 5th or 6th time she came up to us with the same question we just asked her what was the problem and why she was so impatient with us. On which she said: "because I need your table for other customers"...Basically meaning that we had to get out because she wanted to sit someone else on our table... Yeah, that's what she said... But we said we were not done yet and would like to order more beer but she said :"No, I can't do that.You need to leave". This is the most rude service and attitude we ever got in NYC. We would have talked to the manager (which is the owner) about this situation but the owner, actually, doesn't care.That's how they view their business as going through the customer and getting income on that.So after we were basically kicked out of our table we paid and didn't leave any tips. On which she literally cursed us... (yeas, she did...) Also, we weren't sitting that long and there were tables in the restaurant available as well. Plus there were a few tables that were not ordering any dinner and were just drinking beer. And we pointed out but she said they were about to order.But they were sitting longer then us. It was incredibly rude and the owner seemed to ignore the situation and just stayed away and basically let this rude situation to happen.
Posted by Monica on 04/22/2009
I come to Lederhosen as much as possible. Always great value, great beers, and leave without a trace of hunger. Yes the atmosphere is hokey but who cares, better than most of the pretentious places in the village. Always get the Schniztel with mushroom sauce and a Radler, have never been dissapointed. Enjoy!
Posted by K.M., Woonsocket, RI on 03/10/2009
We have German relatives so we have plenty of experience eating in Germany. We also travel and eat out often. That being said, the German sausages, while tasty, were quite overcooked and blackened on parts. We had already waited a bit for the meal so we did not want to send them back. Initially we also ordered the pork/beef hamburger with their special sauce, but alas, they had run out of hamburgers according to the waitress (this was a Saturday at lunch time...NOT a busy weekend night). We ended up ordering Spaetzle and potato pancakes instead and splitting the three sausages between the two of us. The Spaetzle was bathed in herbs (way too much so) and on the dry side unfortunately. I have had amazing spaetzle before...this wasn't it. Potato pancakes were just OK. On a positive note, the beer selection was very good and the flavor of the sausages was there. For these two reasons we may return. It certainly won't be for the atmosphere. It was a bit hokey with the painting of the bavarian hillside all over the walls, not to mention the dusty lederhosen hanging from the ceiling (yes, right over your head and meal).
Posted by Immer Bier on 10/28/2008
If you want a good sampling of German food and Beer come to Lederhosen. Sorry if you were expecting oompa bands and huge crowds of drunks sitting at tables singing. But here in New York City you need a license for live music. Lederhosen is a restaurant with a small bar out front. As a regular I know this. Its really funny to me that people come here expecting it to be exactly like the experience they had in Germany. WAKE UP !!!!!!! They do not serve every known regional German dish. What they DO have is a nice selection of inexpensive dinners and wursts. They DO have an excellent selection of imported German brews. Yes the staff can be a bit on the rude side, but that is only with some of the idiot customers. The rest of us here enjoy watching these people get abused.
Posted by Jbird on 10/02/2008
We were looking for place to take in a little Octoberfest and we decided on this place instead of Zum Schnieder because it was pouring out and we were close by. Nothing and I mean nothing felt very festive or authentic about this place on a Wed. during Octoberfest. They have german beer in served in steins and thats about it. The beer hall style benches that appear on the website is misleading because the "beer hall area' is very small. Its basically a bar that serves german beer and food...if your looking for a festive time this is NOT the place. Geeze, they didn't even have German "ooompa' music playing on Wed night in october... pass on this place.
Posted by asy4 on 09/29/2008
I have lived in New York for years and have never gotten around to eating at any of the biergartens in town. But I have to say I had a great time at Lederhosen. Yes, as some reviews have pointed out, the wait staff are not "congenial" by American standards (though some of the them are VERY nice and willing to speak German with you! ). But as one observant reviewer also mentioned, that in itself is SO authentically German! ("Customer service" is a relatively new concept in Germany. I can't tell you how many times I've been sneared at by waiters/waitresses in Berlin.) My friends and I stuck to the bar food: Currywurst and Beer, although I did get the Spatzle because someone here recommended it. The good news: the Currywurst is much better than what you get on the street in Berlin!. The meat is amazing, and they have their own sauce, which although not authentic, is much tastier than the real thing. The Berliner Weisse mit Schuss (I got the "rot" or raspberry shot) was also NOT authentic, but in its way better. In Berlin a Berliner Weisse mit Schuss is usually served in a small glass and has so much syrup that it tastes almost like Koolaid not beer. Here you get a standard (i.e. huge) glass of beer with a small amount of syrup. Not authentic, but it actually tastes like beer. If you try the BW mit Schuss, I would recommend requesting extra syrup just to make the experience a little more authentic. The spatzle I found very disappointing. It was rather dry although the onions and spices were good. Having lived in northern Germany, I am accustomed to spatzle that has very plump noodles in a very creamy, almost alfredo-like cheese sauce. This spatzle was very different, but that may just be a regional difference. The beer selection is great and the price is excellent. ($4.99 for the Currywurst and $6 for the Berliner Weisse mit Schuss). The kitschy environment is also pretty authentically "biergarten" I just wish they had an outdoor area, but the indoor, kitschy alps mural makes it a lot a fun. I will be going back!
Posted by Ema on 09/27/2008
took taxi into city from queens, because of good reviews. however, being in the ridgewood/glendale section of queens perhaps we are spoiled. Food was incredibly salty. Cream herring was luke warm. Beef Roulade did not look much different than the beef stew. Main course was brought out right in the middle of us eating our apetizer. If you live around the corner, try the place. Do not travel. It is not worth it.