October means Halloween, apple picking, and for those of you who enjoy such things, Oktoberfest. This traditional 16-day festival held in Germany is famous for food, live music, and all things beer. Think sausages as far as the eye can see and beer steins the size of a toddler. If you can’t go to this rowdy, raucous festival, take solace in the fact that Oktoberfest has spread to the Big Apple. Check out some of these spots and events for the best of Oktoberfest that are just a subway ride away.
Brooklyn’s Loreley is a year-round Oktoberfest of sorts with an extensive beer list, delicious bratwursts and wiener schnitzels, and a rockin’ biergarten. During the month of October, book an Oktoberfest party at Loreley, and get some bang for your buck. Enjoy free pretzels if you book an open bar for one hour, and for two hours, get a 25 percent off a dinner buffet. While you are there, don’t miss the German specialties like flammekuchen, a German-style pizza topped with crème fraiche and Swiss cheese or currywurst.
The Standard Hotel has an outdoor biergarten that is opened year-round, thanks to glass that encloses the space in the winter. Enjoy freshly-baked pretzels and steins of artisanal beer served by women in dirndl-inspired uniforms.
Zum Schneider in the East Village takes the Oktoberfest theme to the hilt through the second week of October. Count on live music, huge pretzels, and of course, tons of delicious beer. Don’t be surprised to see a woman in a dirndl skirt or a man yodeling while you are here—people really love to get into the spirit of things!
Perilla, owned and operated by Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle, will run a special Oktoberfest prix fixe menu every Monday night in October. Expect all your hearty German favorites, like spaetzle and schnitzel, paired with a German beer for $60 a meal. Make your reservations now to ensure a seat at this West Village favorite.