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The best German restaurants in NYC

Whether you’re craving pretzels or wurst, these are the best German restaurants in NYC to indulge in Deutschland fare

By Heather Corcoran and Time Out New York contributors

German food isn’t just for Oktoberfest. Throughout the city, chefs are looking to Germany and neighboring Austria to celebrate central European fare from sausage and hot dogs to schnitzel—washed down with plenty of craft beer, of course. From sprawling beer gardens to old-school Teutonic taverns, these are the best German (and Austrian) restaurants NYC has to offer.

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Best German restaurants in NYC

Edi & the Wolf
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Edi & the Wolf

Restaurants Austrian East Village

Chefs Eduard Frauneder ("Edi") and Wolfgang Ban ("the Wolf") revisit their native Austria at this cozy neighborhood tavern deep in Alphabet City. Simple dishes like a freekeh grain salad with pears, radish and Vermont cheddar, and beer-and-honey-glazed baby-back ribs populate the menu; the dining room plays up the rustic feel with salvaged-wood ceiling beams, a distressed copper bar, and antique Victorian military boots standing in for flower vases.

Rolf’s Restaurant

Restaurants Austrian Gramercy

This bar and grill combines traditional German food and beer with a healthy serving of kitsch, notably with its annual Christmas decorations. Year-round, you can enjoy a wide range of German dishes, especially meats and sausages, while an array of faux medieval paintings peaks out behind obsessively entwined oak branches. 

Cafe Steinhof
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Café Steinhof

Restaurants Austrian Park Slope

On summer evenings, when the windows are wide open, this breezy brick-walled space feels particularly European. Locals sip tall beers and prosecco with elderflower syrup while grazing on simple but hearty Austrian comfort food, like the dependable Wiener schnitzel with tangy pickled cucumbers.

Doma Na Rohu
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Doma na rohu

Restaurants Austrian West Village

This Austro-Hungarian eatery serves dishes like königsberger klopse (German meatballs in white sauce) and Wiener schnitzel. Old posters from the Czech and Slovak Republics, 1940s-style lights from Deutschland and a dark-wood bar lend an old-world feel to the 65-seat space.

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