Raise a Stein at 8 Authentic Biergartens

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Biergartens are becoming more popular in New York, but only a few establishments offer authentic German food, an impressive lineup of imported beers and an ambience that successfully transports visitors to Europe. Brooklyn and Queens are home to some of the most popular spots but Long Island biergartens are also hopping. Bring your appetite to any of these eight bustling establishments for a little taste of Germany.

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Long Island Biergartens

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Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant has been alluring its patrons from Montauk to Manhattan since 1939. On the authentic menu, diners will find German favorites including schnitzels, wursts and loaded beef platters, homemade German potato salad, ginormous pretzels imported from Munich and 11 frothy German imports on tap. The queen bee bacon cheeseburger and quesadilla with pico de gallo even accommodate the pickiest of eaters—there’s one in every group. And what’s a German restaurant without a pig roast? Available on special occasions, the meat goes fast so be sure to arrive early. A 12-foot glass door opens to adjoin the space with the biergarten that has quick bites available from the Brathaus menu. It’s modeled after traditional German biergarten foods such as wursts, burgers, leberkäse and other grilled meats. Reservations are strongly recommended for indoor dining. Phone: 516-354-3131 | Address: 1132 Hempstead Turnpike Click to taste

Das Biergarten, Long Beach

Das Biergarten is Long Beach’s hidden gem for German cuisine and beer. But don’t let the decor fool you. Though draped in NY Rangers fanfare, the restaurant’s menu is devoted to authentic German dishes. The roof is lined with skylights adding sunny charm to the casual atmosphere where guests can enjoy the much raved about roasted pork shank accompanied with German potato dumpling and apple red cabbage. Leaving no pretzel behind, its signature spätzle croquettes are battered in pretzel crumbs and come out crunchy on the outside with creamy spätzles inside. In the mood for a unique brew? Try the grapefruit beer. Phone: 516-897-2437 | Address: 1148 W Beech St Click to taste

The Village Lantern, Lindenhurst

The Village Lantern’s waitress is likely to have diners at, “Would you like a pretzel basket?” Food portions are known to be large at this family owned restaurant so resist the urge to fill up on the warm pretzel rolls. Those hankering for something sweet can choose something decadent from the dessert tray which includes sweets from The Black Forest Bakery next door. Plus, the grounds offer alfresco dining with a biergarten out back. Phone: 631-225-1690 | Address: 155 N Wellwood Ave Click to taste

Zum Schneider, Montauk

This place makes driving to The End a journey deliciously worth it. The vibrant venue revamps the German biergarten experience with refreshing colors of white and blue throughout the space. The color scheme almost seems to pay tribute to its newly planted roots in Montauk, but is in fact the colors of restaurant founder Sylvester Schneider’s hometown of Bavaria. Between 12 German beers on tap, authentic German-Bavarian dishes and live music, visitors are in for quite a treat. If in NYC, stop by the flagship location in East Village. Phone: 631-238-5963 | Address: 4 S Elmwood Ave Click to taste

Prost Grill & Garten, Garden City

Prost Grill & Garten is a restaurant with a pub-like atmosphere serving German inspired dishes along with American staples. Favorites include the tender pig wings doused in either buffalo, bbq or chipotle bbq. Patrons vouch that the prost burger is one of the best burgers on Long Island. The meat patty is a custom blend of short rib, brisket and dry aged prime shell steak prepared by meat purveyor Pat LaFreida in New York City. Phone: 516-427-5215 | Address: 652 Franklin Ave Click to taste

New York City Biergartens

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Radegast Hall & Biergarten, Brooklyn

Williamsburg’s Radegast Hall & Biergarten isn’t for the faint of heart. The walls pulsate high-octane energy with live music seven days a week, and live German music during Oktoberfest. Seating in the biergarten is first come first serve and perfect for noshing on Hofbräuhaus-style brats while sipping imported brews. Long, wooden communal tables guarantee lively conversation with a stranger and quite possibly their group of friends. Phone: 718-963-3973 | Address: 113 N 3rd St Click to taste

The Standard Biergarten, Manhattan

After building a thirst from walking along NYC’s High Line, trek down below for a crisp pilsner at The Standard High Line Hotel’s Biergarten. Nestled beneath steel beams this uber trendy venue has an industrial vibe while still lending itself to the biergarten theme. From alfresco dining in the summer to a glass enclosed space for the chillier months, enjoy curry wurst and beer from self-serve taps. Phone: 212-645-4100 | Address: 848 Washington St Click to taste

Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten, Queens

Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten is known for its house-blended beef sliders sandwiched between a pretzel bun, German beer flights, best of the wursts and crispy Jagerhaus croquettes filled with smoked bacon. A fan for all things pumpkin? Then you won’t want to miss the seasonal pumpkin creme brûlée, available starting October. For those who love to brunch, you’re in for a treat on Sundays between 11:30am and 3:00pm. The menu includes classic brunch dishes with German-flare. Phone: 718-767-3486 | Address: 15-16 149th St Click to taste