Waitresses in dirndls, buckets of beer; yup, it's Oktoberfest alright
This, Meine Dame and Mein Herr, is a shot ski.
The shot ski in action.
The aftermath of the shot ski. We'll pass, thanks.
The oompah band
The oompah band
The area around Penn Station is generally regarded as a bit of a wasteland. But sequestered from the hectic rush of 34th Street is Oktoberfest NYC, attached to the back of Local West (localcafenyc.com). The space certainly has all the trappings of Bavarian tradition—waitresses in dirndls, steins, an oompah band. It's also got some of the modern frat-tastic innovations that usually have us giving these celebrations a wide berth, namely a Jägermeister Shot Ski (check out the slide show—it'll make sense). However, while the weather's still nice, it makes for a fine after-work or day-drinking spot, thanks to a solid lineup of pours (pints $6–$7, steins $11–$13), including Saranac White IPA; a pleasant green canopy; and the aforementioned band, a trio that is big on wisecracks (after a number ended: "You're just applauding because it's over"). One Penn Plaza at 34th St (oktnyc.com). Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat–Sun 11am–midnight. Free. Through Oct 7.
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Yia Yia's Homemade Greek Food
Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or casual dinner, Yia Yia’s Homemade Greek Food has Upper East Siders covered. Snacks and appetizers include spanakopita ($4.95), egg-lemon soup ($4.25), classic Greek salad ($9.95) and a trio of tzatziki, tirokafteri cheese spread and taramasalata fish spread ($4.95). Of course, the menu includes classic entrees like a lamb gyro sandwich ($7.95), a chicken souvlaki plate with lemon potatoes ($7.95), moussaka ($14.95) and peppers and tomatoes stuffed with ground beef and rice ($14.95). The desserts lean toward lighter, healthier options like a yogurt parfait with fresh fruit ($8.50), although Yia Yia’s does give a nod to its location with a New York-style cheesecake ($4.95).
Venue says: “Our homemade Greek food is freshly prepared every day. Call us at (212) 452-1210 today to place an order, free delivery available!”
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