My earliest forays into Manhattan in search of chow were in the early/mid 80s for German food in Yorkville. Although this was historically the German district in NYC, it was on the far side of the downward curve even in those days. I remember a restaurant (Bavarian Inn?), an Austrian-style cafe, and a German butcher shop or two.
I haven't been in this nabe in probably 15 years, are there any culinary vestiges of this German tradition remaining?