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Zum Stammtisch tips - My 2 cents (long)

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Zum Stammtisch tips - My 2 cents (long)

knoedel | Jun 18, 2003 10:11 AM

Well, Ok I have read most of the posts. So, I'm German... German born, German raised, live in NYC for more than 10 years now. I've been to Zum Stammtisch tons of times, and I am often surprised to see (and read) what most people order there. Here's my 2 cents: don't order the "Sauerbraten" it isn't very good. It's not bad, but it is way to sour and way to sweet at the same time, as a matter of fact it actually tastes like the red cabbage that comes along with it. The same goes for the Jaegerschnitzel, the sauce isn't right for it. For those of you who like German food and like meat (more power to ya - hope you have a strong stomach), here are the things you should be trying instead:

-Steak Tartar. Typical southern German version of it, very good.
-Ochsenmaul Salat. Not for the faint of heart, it's sliced tongue.. yup :-D
-Bayrische Bauern Platte. Gives you all the "good" stuff on one plate. Especially the smoked Pork Chops (Kassler Rippchen) and the Leberkaese
-Grilled Camembert. My favorite. Breaded and fried (they say grilled) Camembert, how could that be bad?
-Westphalian Ham Sandwich, very good. Make sure you ask for the slices to be very thin.
-Strudel, just cause it's crunchy, sweet and gooey.
-Eier Eis. You have to try this, the ice cream is topped with "egg" liquor.

If you like any of the meat, be sure to come back to the hood during the day to pick up the meat at Forest Pork Store on Forest Ave or at Karl Ehmers on Fresh Pond for your home cooked version, both streets aren't too far away from ZS (20 minute walk if you already ate), if you head west on Myrtle. Ooompha! :-)

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