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Posted by Andy on 12/17/2005
This was my very first time dining at Lederhosen brehaus/restaurant. I must admit that I am a little biased having dined throughout Germany and at New York City's lone German standout, Heidelberg. While the beer and service were second to none, the food left much to be desired. The German potato salad was the equivalent of your average "home fries" from a greasy spoon. The vinegar and sugar were surely lacking, and the servings of sauerkraut and cabbage were sparse at best. Don't get me wrong...this place is fun, but the food is far from authentic, and the prices are a little on the steep side. But, if you're looking for a local watering-hole that serves great beer and broadcasts European soccer games, this is your meeting place. That being said, I look forward to witnessing and partaking in the 2006 FIFA World Cup this July. Viva la Bundesliga.
Posted by yummy yum yum on 11/21/2005
I come from a Bavarian family and the food here is very authentic and tasty. I brought my father here today, and he loved it. The beer is good and cheap ($11 pitchers!) and the waitstaff is extremely friendly. I recommend the currywurst ($4) and the goulashsuppe($6), which has a wonderful combinaton of fennel and caraway seeds and tender pieces of sauerbraten. One person complained of having tiny sides of red cabbage and saurkraut, but that's exactly what it's like in the areas I've visited. If you're looking for terrific German food at an excellent value, come here. In fact, my husband and I are usually there every Saturday!
Posted by Jim on 10/15/2005
This place rocks to put it simply. Great prices and great selection of food and beer. I only wish they had quark spread for the bread. I recommend the Lentil soup with a Wurst. I tend to go with large parties for the drinks but even just to eat with a few friends is spectacular. Plus its good to practice my German with the waitress. Highly recommended. Ausgezeichnet!
Posted by grnwch19 on 10/07/2005
This is the most unique and reasonably priced restaurant to hit the West Village in years. The food is wonderful, filling, and (yes) authentic, the portions are huge, and the beer selection and price is phenomenal. If you are looking to introduce your friends to German cooking, this is the perfect atmosphere for it. I plan to spend many a cold winter night at this cozy, welcoming spot.
Posted by Druckmeister on 09/13/2005
Yes that is schmaltzy german music playing in the background, the alps are just painted on the back wall, and you might have to share your picnic table with strangers, but that's part of the character of the place. This is not a trendy yuppy gen xyz place but one real folk can hang out and have a good time. The food is simple GERMAN cooking, hearty and good. The beer selection is fantastic with over 15 different German varieties on tap and in bottles. Prices are very reasonable too. I had the schweinbraten with spaetzle, a soup and 2 half litres of beer all for less than $25.
Posted by anon on 09/09/2005
The food here is not authentic German - when was the last time you got 1 tsp of several condiments on your plate with your charbroiled bratwurst? The Green Hills are not alive with the sound of customer service. Yes, it's fun sitting at a picnic table indoors; but I didn't get the feeling I was in Tirol. The only entree I wanted was sold out; but I tasted my 4 companions selections and not sorry I didn't order what they had. The best bit were the novelty beer glasses. Not destination cuisine unless your D'ags is out of ball park franks.
Posted by Anniversary Dinner on 08/04/2005
My wife and I visit NYC each year for a show and dinner - we try to pick restaurants that would not be found where we live (i.e., any crappy chain restaurant or run of the mill Italian). I found Lederhosen through CitySearch, then checked out the menu here and we decided to give it a try. It was completely and totally a hit! We were seated right away on a summer Saturday evening, there were a couple tables open, but the joint was certainly busy. We ordered a pitcher of beer.... for $10! My wife tried the zieugenerschnitzel (veal, spicy tomato sauce) and I had the klopse (meatballs). Both were awesome, we each tried a bit of the other's dinner and it was great. Full portion with several sides, everything hot and tasty and served by a very friendly waitress. Lederhosen is small and you will be sitting very close to the next table, but that is nothing unusual in Manhattan. The decor is chic and makes you feel very comfortable. If you have to wait to be seated, there is a bar up front where you can get drinks. No reservations for a party less than six. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED when you are looking for a fun evening in the west Village!