Last night while driving down the same stretch of Francis Lewis Blvd that I pass over at least five times a day, I happened to look out the window to my left and lo and behold admist the Auburndale library, nail salon, tatoo parlor, and All State office the word "GASTHAUS" caught my eye... As my husband and I slowed for the red light I peered inside the small space (whose original incarnation escapes me) and noticed a tiny takeout counter with a large man dressed in whites up front. I had to investigate.
Overnight, it seems, a Bavarian facade had been set up, dark wood and cross beams, sort of like mini replica of the German buffet in Epcot without the buffet or oompah (sp?) band. When I entered, all six feet were vacant save a tall, rosy-cheeked man in his chef's whites setting up shop.
"Welcome!" he bellowed in an adorable German accent. "I hope you're in the mood for schnitzel." I loved this guy. Unfortunatley I was on my way to a spicy tako salad with a group of friends up the block at Ginza (another post, another time...I love this under-rated place..) I grabbed a menu and asked what made him decide to open up a German take-out place in Bayside. "Why not? I come from Germany, I decide to open retaurant," he replied as if it were the most logical thing in the world.
I haven't eaten at Gasthaus yet. My New Year's resolutions don't exactly allow for "Giant German Meatballs Gypsy Style with Fried Onions", schnitzels, or wursts with potato salad this early on in the game, but being that this place is minutes from my door and offers nothing over eight bucks I'm sure I'll pave through the menu fairly soon.
Check it out :)