Oktoberfest: Where to Go

By Channaly Oum
Channaly Oum
Channaly Oum
September 27, 2014 Updated: October 8, 2018

New Yorkers are spoiled for choices to celebrate Oktoberfest. Below are some highlights.

Munich comes to the East River with Zum Schneider’s Oktboferfest outdoor tent, with enough space for 1,000 people. Original Oktoberfest beer brands will be on tap: HB Traunstein Festbier (exclusive), Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen, and Paulaner Wiesn. It will feature large liter-holding steins, Masskrugs, roast chicken and pork shank, and strongman competitions. (Oct. 3–5, 10–12; East River and 23rd Street)

The Loreley celebrates its 11th anniversary with a pig spit, live music, and 2,000 liters of beer, on Oct 3. Other events include a sausage fest (Oct. 4) and a beer tasting party (Oct. 9). (7 Rivington St.) 

Belgian Beer Café NoMad. Belgium has no reason to envy its neighbors as far as beer, but it will whip up a Bavarian-inspired dish: Boudin Blanc & Boudin Noir steamed in Brunehaut Bio Amber, to be served with hard cider mustard and roasted apple stoemp (to recall a Belgian tradition where daily leftovers are mixed into mashed potatoes). Belgian Beer Café NoMad has 10 types of beer on tap and more than 40 bottled types of Belgian beer. (220 Fifth Ave.)

oudin Blanc & Boudin Noir at Belgian Beer Café NoMad. (Courtesy of Belgian Beer Café NoMad)
Boudin Blanc & Boudin Noir at Belgian Beer Café NoMad. (Courtesy of Belgian Beer Café NoMad)


Bar ’21’ at ’21’ Club will offer a series of Oktoberfest drafts, lunch, and bar bite items such as a Pastrami Pretzel ‘BLT,’ a pork schnitzel with lemon-thyme fingerling potatoes, and Bratwurst in a Blanket. (21 W. 52nd St.)

In Williamsburg, Radegast Beer Hall & Biergarten will hold pig roasts, live music, and beer tastings (until Oct. 4). (113 N. Third St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The massive Zeppelin Hall will serve Oktoberfest brews such as Stammwurze, Hofbrau, Paulaner, Spatenbrau, and Hacker-Pschorr-Brau in addition to its usual 50 European and American craft beers available on tap. On the menu: traditional Bavarian dishes by chef Franco Robazetti including Schweinhaxe (pork shank), Grill Hendi (chicken), Goulash over Spaetzle, regional sausages, and pretzels imported from Munich, Germany. The kick-off party is Sept. 26. (88 Liberty View Dr., Jersey City, N.J.)

Andrew Zimmern will host the Food Network’s New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Oktoberfest at Studio Square in Astoria with brats, kraut, schnitzel, and strudel from NYC top chefs (including Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Ban, Eduard Frauneder, Alex Stupak, and more). There will be a wide selection of beer. Tickets are available through Groupon for $99 here: hwww.groupon. (35-33 36th St., Astoria)

Andrew Zimmern at last year's New York City Wine & Food Festival's Oktoberfest. (Billy Farrell Agency)
Andrew Zimmern at last year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Oktoberfest.
(Billy Farrell Agency)

German-born chef Martin Brock brings classic Bavarian fare to Park Slope’s Blue Ribbon Brooklyn with homemade sausages (weisswurst, bratwurst, chicken-bacon-cheddar), cheese spaetzle with caramelized onions, and warm pretzels with obatzda. Diners can wash it all down with pints of Riegele Alte Weisse, Jever pilsner, and Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen. (280 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn)


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