HEIDELBERG RESTAURANT / RECOMMENDED
1648 2nd Avenue
Any restaurant where you can hear Lilli Marlene is alright with me. One of the best places Miss and I have found here, Heidelberg, like its amazing neighbor, the German grocery store Schaller & Weber, is a remnant of Yorkville’s past as home to a substantial number of German-speaking immigrants. The emphasis here is on sausage and (Bavarian?) beer. Waitstaff wear lederhosen.
The crowd is more cosmopolitan than the typical UES bar crowd. On a recent visit I befriended a Frenchman, a Yank, two Germans and a handful of Mongolians.
It should be noted, that as of this writing, all things German seem to be having their moment in the New York gastrosphere - hip Brooklyn joints like Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens and Der Kommissar in South Park Slope focus on the pork-heavy cuisine of the Alpine region - something Heidelberg has been at for decades. Some clever marketing and minor changes (printing new menus on nicer paperstock for example) might get Heidelberg the attention it deserves from blushing fans of those new kids on the block.