This is a wonderful, fascinating website. Reading it everyday for the past few weeks, I am so impressed. I hope someone will comment/help me with Sauerkraut.
I went to Von Westerhagens with my friend this past Tuesday at 11:30 AM. I heard about it from a chowhound post which noted that it is pricey. We thought that weekday lunch might be cheaper, but this was not the case, unless you order an American sandwich. Both Zum Stammtisch and Von Westerhagens (2 blocks apart) have the same prices for lunch and dinner, unlike Niedersteins. I had been to Zum Stammtisch a few years back, when I ordered the Camembert. What a great atmosphere but I wasnt impressed. It tasted like supermarket camembert on a Thomas English Muffin.
I passed by Von Westerhagens one Monday, its closed day. I stood with my nose to the windows, which were open at the top, since Glendale is such a safe neighborhood and since the owners live upstairs. A white schnauzer suddenly began barking from inside the bar.
It is a large, comforting restaurant. The waitress brought out a plush, velvety cushion for one customer. She told us that the owners, a couple, have run it for 40 years. The husband prepares the meat and the wife cooks.
There is a $3.50 charge for sharing a dish, (which we didn't, luckily;) this implied a large portion would arrive, but as it turned out, it was just perfect for one person.
I order the Sauerbraten, which came with a large potato dumpling and red cabbage, for $15.99. My friend ordered the Steak Tartare (Tuesdays special,) which came on many small triangles of bread a plentiful portion but nonetheless for one- with no other accompaniments, for $5.99. Why the huge price difference between these two dishes? Preparation time? Costliness of beef vs. beef??
In any case, a Sauerkraut side dish was spectacular. As it seems like a great food for people who dont like vegetables, since it actually has flavor and is supposedly nutritious, does anyone know of a deli around the Fresh Pond Road area that is a great place to buy great Sauerkraut? (Does this type of thing even exist?) And, how long will it keep in the fridge?