Bobby Goulash and I spent yesterday on a field trip to determine the viablity of the various German joints in Westchester Co. vicinity. Our object was to find a hearty Bavarian place that had all the hunters lodge trappings, multiple German beers on tap and of course good German fare. To put this in perspective, our standard bearer here in NYC is Zum Stanstitch (sp? You'll have to excuse my spelling of German words.) in Queens which we feel is the best in the City bar none. The results of our investigation in the north country were as follows:
Taconic Brauhaus, Hawthorne: Closed/Reopened as another kind of venue.
Franzl's, Valhalla: Still there, small and very unassuming to look at. Dowdy perhaps. Closed even though the sign said it should be open.
Travelers Rest, Ossining: Opposite of Franzl's: large, fancy place, like for weddings, one of which was taking place while we were there. We surveyed the menu and it was replete with about eight German meals in addition to standard American fare. Prices were high, $25 to $30 for entrees. No Bavarian atmosphere or bar to speak of. You'd feel uncomfortable here wearing jeans and sneakers, so we headed to our next target.
Jennifer's Restauarant, : Small and dowdy, like Franzl's, but open. We sat at the miniscule bar (3 stools) and had some very good Spaten Octoberfest, which was the only beer on tap. No hunting lodge decor, just ticky-tacky souvenirs. Waitresses in dirndls. The staff were nice enough, and the menu seemed to run the gamut of traditional fare at reasonable prices. But we had one more to go. When we left, a number of cars were pulling up in succession, so it seemed to hav a following.
Black Forest Inn, Rt. 32, Woodbury (not far from Woodbury Commons): This was more like it. Right decor, right bar area, right prices, right menu. I had the wurst platter, which came with a choice of various sides - I had the homefries, salad and corn on the cob. Bobby Goulash finally settled on the saurbraten. We both had an onion soup to start - two thumbs up. The rest was probably above average and if in the area I would go again and explore other parts of the menu, like the goulash and jagerschnitzl. If one was drawn to Woodbury Common, say, so that one person could shop, the other person could dash over for some suds and schnitzl at the bar.
That's it, we only hit five places, which is all that our research turned up. Anybody know of any others places - whether in the City or in the Tri State area - or have other input, we'd love to hear it.