Solid, hearty German chow is drawing happy crowds at Nurnberger Bierhaus. Expect ample, homey platters, none more ample than the Bayerischer bauernschmaus (Bavarian farmer’s feast), a massive meal of roast pork, smoked pork chop, bratwurst, and double-smoked bacon with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and red cabbage. Also recommended: spaetzle, sauerbraten, goulash, zigeunerschnitzel (pork cutlets with red pepper sauce), and jagerschnitzel (pork cutlets in mushroom sauce).

Open a little over a year, this friendly joint in Staten Island’s West Brighton neighborhood stacks up well against the island’s better-known German place, Killmeyer’s. “Light years better,” declares Miss Poste. “Where Killmeyer’s dishes seemed rather cafeteria-like, Nurnberger was incredibly homey and warm.” Nurnberger is “definitely the more serious German food destination,” agrees Epicure, who enjoys the authentic atmosphere and warm vibe as well as the chow.

Oh, and there’s beer, around eight kinds on tap–including DAB, Dinkelacker, Paulaner, Weihenstephan hefeweiss, and Spaten Optimator–and more than 40 in bottles.

Nurnberger Bierhaus [Staten Island]
817 Castleton Ave., between Davis and Pelton Aves., Staten Island

Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn [Staten Island]
4254 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island

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