Oktoberfest 2013: Beer, parties and events in New York

Make plans for Oktoberfest 2013 in NYC, with our guide to the best Oktoberfest parties, beer gardens and the tastiest German quaffs to fill your stein.

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Oktoberfest in New York

Oktoberfest in New York Photograph: Filip Wolak

The official dates for this Bavarian festival are Saturday, September 21, through Sunday, October 6. Of course it begins in New York a few days early and carries on through the end of October—that's what happens when you combine two weeks of drinking with a highly literal culture likes ours that can't grasp why an event called Oktoberfest happens in September. Still, that means you have more than a month to sample fine Bavarian beer and cuisine.

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Radegast Hall & Biergarten Oktoberfest

  • Critics choice

This Brooklyn beer tavern kick-starts the Oktoberfest celebrations on Sat 21 with a pig roast, live music from polka outfit Das Booty and Gypsy-punks Bad Buka, celebratory keg tappings and a mug-hoisting competition (simply buy a $13 mug of beer to compete). On Tue 24 and Oct 1, booze like a true trinker with a $15 four-beer tasting, featuring liter-sized mugs of Hofstetten Original Hochzeitsbier von 1810, Hacker-Pschorr and Erdinger.

  1. Radegast Hall & Biergarten 113 North 3rd St, at Berry St
  2. Sat Oct 5
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Bar 21 Oktoberfest

The '21' Club may be an American icon, but it’s strapping on its lederhosen for Germany's 16-day beerfest. Bar 21 will offer lunch specials like beer-braised bratwurst on pretzel rolls ($19), sausage-and-sauerkraut fritters ($14) and Wiesn hendl (roasted chicken, $23), as well as Oktoberfest beers including Warsteiner, Hofbräu and Colorado's Left Hand Oktoberfest ($8.50 each).

  1. Bar 21 21 W 52nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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Heidelberg Oktoberfest

This Upper East Side institution has been dishing out family-style specialties to celebrate the Bavarian holiday since 1964. On offer are Oktoberfest specials like the Stammtisch Plate, a feast that includes Schweinshaxe (roasted pork shank), Leberkaese (German meat loaf), Black Forest bacon and boiled potatoes ($152). Dinkelacker beer is on tap ($5.50 for a half-liter), and if you still have room left for dessert, there's Palatschnike—pancakes rolled up with marmalade or Nutella ($10).

  1. Heidelberg Restaurant 1648 Second Ave, between 85th and 86th Sts, 10028
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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Oktoberfest Happy Hour at Blaue Gans

  • Price band: 2/4

With this Time Out Offers event, load up on Bavarian specialties like sausages, pretzels and strudels, as well as German music and all-you-can-drink beer.

  1. Blaue Gans 139 Duane St, between Church St and West Broadway
  2. Fri Oct 4
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Loreley's 10th Annual Oktoberfest Season

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the biergarten kicks off festivities with a ceremonial keg tapping. Loreley keeps the party going all month with Bavarian suds like Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier and Schneider Weisse ($7–$15), as well as 12 kinds of sausages from uptown charcuterie institution Schaller & Weber (three for $16). Rounding out the revelry are beer tastings led by brewmaster Rudi Eilers ($55), a complimentary pig roast to commemorate the anniversary on Oct 3, and a free dirndl-and-lederhosen Halloween bash, with Loreley gift certificates awarded to costume-contest winners.

  1. Loreley 7 Rivington St, between Bowery and Chrystie St, 10002
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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DBGB Kitchen & Bar Oktoberfest

  • Price band: 3/4

Daniel Boulud sparks DBGB's Oktoberfest festivities on Sat 21 with a choucroute royale–for-two special ($28 per person). This Alsatian specialty includes smoked pork loin, sausage, herbed potatoes and house-made sauerkraut, paired with a beer carafe. On Oct 2, Bar Room guests can chow down on a Bavarian dinner featuring a selection of charcuterie—such as fromage de tête (pig's-head terrine) and pâté campagnard (country-style pâté)—as well as unlimited beers like Hofbräu and Erdinger, for $75 a person.

  1. DBGB Kitchen and Bar 299 Bowery, at Houston St, 10003
  2. Until Fri Nov 1
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Biru-fest for Oktoberfest

Japan meets Germany with an Oktoberfest menu at Flatiron sushi spot Sen NYC. Mix and match three dishes, with options such as chicken yakitori and pork buns, and Japanese beers, including Ozeno Yukidoke IPA, Echigo Koshihikari rice lager and Sapporo.

  1. Sen NYC 12 W 21st St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10010
  2. Sun Oct 6
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German-American Steuben Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Fifth Ave from 68th St to 86th St. This annual march is named for General Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who helped out George Washington in a little scuffle known as the American Revolution. The parade continues to honor German immigrants and their descendants with plenty of dirndls and lederhosen, and beer steins at a ticketed (and sold out) Oktoberfest after-party in Central Park. Visit germanparadenyc.org for more information.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sat Sep 21
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Oktoberfest at Zum Schneider

  • Free

For its 13th-annual beer extravaganza, the German restaurant features two weeks packed with live polka sets by modern oompah band Mösl Franzi and the Ja Ja Jas, German eats such as Wiesn Hendl (roasted half chicken, $18) and Lebkuchenherz (heart-shaped gingerbread cookies, $15), and, of course, imported beers. The indoor biergarten exclusively serves Bavarian brews year-round, but will dedicate three of its 12 drafts for special-occasion suds, including HB Traunstein Festbier ($8–$18).

  1. Zum Schneider 107–109 Ave C, at 7th St
  2. Sun Oct 13 - Mon Oct 14
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Craftbar Oktoberfest

  • Price band: 2/4

For two Sunday evenings, Craftbar chef Lauren Hirschberg will serve a family-style dinner inspired by traditional Bavarian cuisine, featuring suckling pig and knödel (potato dumplings). Fleshing out the meal are craft beers like Captain Lawrence's Kolsch and Festbier, as well as Black Forest cake and crème bavaroise.

  1. Craftbar 900 Broadway, between 19th and 20th Sts
  2. Sun Oct 6
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The Marrow's Oktoberfest

  • Price band: 3/4

Repping his Bavarian roots, Harold Dieterle will treat guests to a four-course Bavarian dinner in the private room of his West Village restaurant. Theprix fixe will feature specialties like schupfnudeln (rolled noodles) with braised rabbit and mustard greens, paired with German wines like Ziereisen Gutedel Heugumber 2011.

  1. The Marrow 99 Bank St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 11201
  2. Tue Oct 1
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Oktoberfest at Studio Square

  • Price band: 2/4

At New York City's Wine & Food Festival first ever Oktoberfest bash, Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern hosts a walk-around tasting featuring a dozen beer and sausage varieties, including his own line of links, a collaboration with Pat LaFrieda. Local restaurants like Edi & the Wolf, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, and DBGB Kitchen and Bar join the Partei with their own takes on German specialties. RECOMMENDED: Oktoberfest guide

  1. The Garden at Studio Square NYC 35-33 36th St, between 35th and 36th Aves
  2. Sun Oct 20
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Sausage, Cider & Beer Week

For its 15th annual Oktoberfest celebration, Tour de France’s nine Manhattan restaurants—including Nice Matin, Café D'Alsace and Marseille—will feature sausage-and-beer pairing menus. This year, beer sommelier Gianni Cavicchi is collaborating with Doc’s cider on an exclusive brew ($8) to go alongside dishes such as Nice Matin’s merguez-and-apple croquette ($11.75).

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Fri Oct 25
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