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Zum Schneider

Posted on | May 26, 2010 | 4 Comments

Zum Schneider (107 Avenue C @ 7th Street) is a Bavarian beer garden (although indoors) that seems perfectly suited for spring and summer.  The open, cavernous interior with smooth tree-like walls & foliage gives a great biergarten feel, but the outdoor seating is really what I love.  Whenever the weather heats up, the place gets packed to the brim with beer & hearty food enthusiasts.  They have over a dozen beers on tap (& others in seasonal rotation) that come in three sizes; Large, Extra-large (pictured to the right in the foreground) & F*cking insane.  Trust me, I ordered the latter once & could barely lift the damn thing let alone finish it!  I felt like a little kid with a sippy cup.

If you’re lucky enough to get a seat outside, you can people-watch to your heart’s content while drinking great beers & plenty of sausages/meat.  Tables fill up really quickly & they can be kinda cramped making it hard to get in & out, but trust me that it’s worth the bother.  On my most recent visit, unfortunately, I was seated inside at a large table with a friend.  Zum has a cafeteria style seating policy; we ended up sharing the table with another group.  Sometimes this backfires disastrously, but on this occasion we all got along & ended up having a great conversation.

Brotzeitteller, a traditional meat & cheese plate served with radishes & cherry tomatoes.  It was good as there were a few cheeses on there that I’ve never tried.  The Liverwurst in particular was excellent.

I ordered the Wiener mit Brot, basically 2 wieners, nothing special at all, I had meant to order the Weisswurst but made a mistake.  If you like sausages, get that dish as it’s served with an amazing dark mustard & a pretzel.  Really, really good.

I normally only go to Zum for small bites & beer, but I have seen some amazing dishes come out of the kitchen.  In particular, a dish whose name escapes me but is basically a massive hunk of roasted meat (pork methinks) served with a steak knife stuck in it (think Sword in the Stone) looks delicious.

Zum is a fun place, but gets nuts during the World Cup (June 11th-July 11th this year) & Oktoberfest.  Be prepared for large crowds & lots of lederhosen!
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Zum Schneider in New York on Fooddigger


4 Responses to “Zum Schneider”

  1. Zum Schneider continues to menace the ‘hood « East Village Eats
    October 2nd, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    […] Some were having a little too much fun (see pic below).  This poor girl was absolutely legless & her boyfriend/crutch was holding on to her for dear life while trying to flag down a cab.  Jokes aside, I love the food here… […]

  2. Melanie
    November 25th, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    A friend and I ate here this past Sunday. The atmosjhere was fun and uplifting and the potato pancakes reminded me of my Grandma’s. The bread is delicious and so is the apple sparkling soda. YUM!! Plan to return for more. The brunch looks good too.

  3. East Village Eats » Zum Schneider Revisited
    March 21st, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    […] favorites include the meat & cheese plate (reviewed here) & the Weisswurst (not pictured); two boiled Bavarian white sausages with sweet mustard & a […]

  4. Zum Schneider Turns 11 : East Village Eats
    August 19th, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    […] the rain yesterday, the gang at Zum Schneider celebrated their 11th birthday in grand style.  I passed by around 7pm & everyone was rocking […]

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