Heidelberg Restaurant

German Dinner at Heidelberg Restaurant in New York City.

A little history for new readers – I grew up in NJ (where I’m visiting my folks this week) – right across the George Washington Bridge. I also lived in Astoria, Queens for seven years.  Now that I call Los Angeles my home, it’s always bittersweet to go back to NYC, since things are constantly changing.  Dinner is at Heidelberg Restaurant, a German place my Mom has seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.  I have no idea she is even an Anthony Bourdain fan!


Heidelberg Restaurant kinda feels like stepping into an attraction at Epcot – circa 1985 – especially with all the servers in lederhosen and dirndls.


This is my first time seeing my cousin Stephanie since we are little itty bitties! She has grown up to be quite the lovely woman, both inside and out.


The bread basket is overflowing with all sorts of selections.


A taste of each. Not a butter fan, so it is pretty dry, but I am hungry so I eat it all.


My folks are the only ones to drink alcohol.  Big glass steins of beer.   I think this isn’t even the “large” size?


For the four of us, we order 3 main entrees and one side dish to share. My mom keeps talking about the Pig Knuckles that Anthony Bourdain tries.  But when I order the “Eisben” the waitress informs me we probably wanted the Schweineshaxe. Danke!

The tray she brings out is so impressive we all ooh and ahhh.


Also with the Roasted Pork Shank and Smoked Bratwurst comes cabbage and potato dishes galore.


My favorite are the potato pancakes with applesauce – perfectly fried, thick, and chewy.



Tons of German mustard, duh.


I heart Heidelberg! None of us are especially impressed with the Bratwurst, which is a bit tough (my folks have issues with the pork too).  But I think everything else is delicious. The environment is unique and I like the Andes chocolate mints that came with the check.

Thanks Mom and Dad for a fun dinner!



24 thoughts on “Heidelberg Restaurant

  1. genesis

    wow, all that food looks really good. havent had pigs knuckle in a long time. and ive only had potato pancakes once and have been trying to find a place nearby that will fill that hole in my gut 🙂

    oh and i finally got to listen to The Because Show podcast…that pasta sounds pretty amazing.

  2. Danielle

    Yesterday was a good day, so glad i was able to make the trip. Best day I had in a long time…& that “ice cream” was really good. Hope you enjoyed your day in NY. Have a nice time visiting your family:-)

  3. Jenna

    It is always bittersweet to go back to the area you grew up in, I totally get that. What a fun day, seems like you packed it full!

  4. Marie

    Ha! That Schweinshaxe looked great! And you can congratulate yourselves for not getting “Eisbein” – living in Berlin where that dish is from I can guarantee: it’s disgusting! “Haxe” (and Bavarian food in general) is always the better option. 🙂

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness

    I’m so jealous of the NYC meet up! My first big Chicago one is in a couple weeks and we’re doing brunch. I think one day we’ll have to switch it up to frozen yogurt…

  6. lequan@luvtoeat

    Wow! What a busy girl you were! Glad you’re having a wonderful time. You definitely have your Mom’s beautiful features, dear! Enjoy the rest of your family time. I love family time.

  7. VeggieGirl

    Too bad we weren’t in the city at the same time – just like when I was in California, we missed each other too 🙁

  8. Kelsey

    haha i thought u were going to say ur big day in the big apple started with a.. big apple! but hey, a peach will have to do 😉

    good job for getting a medium cup of frozen ‘ice cream’ .. i always feel sad when someone goes for the small, maybe cuz it just never feels like enough, ya know? lol MMM even tho its meant to be light and healthy, they sure do a good job at having amazing topping options to choose from. very nice 🙂


  9. Ada

    Aww you look just like your parents! I’m glad you got to meet up with them at Heidelburg, I went there once years ago and really enjoyed it.

    Yesterday was so fun, it was really great to see you again! I will definitely tell MR that you say hello:)

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  10. Vicky @ eat live spin

    Looks like you are having a great time!! Bonobo’s also has an expensive, but good drink called Coconut Chi.

  11. julie

    what a fun meetup! i had TLC last night too 🙂 splitskied the brownie & the cookies n cream! sooo good

  12. edenseats

    What fun! Very jealous of the meetup, but I’m glad I had one with you back in LA! Is it me, or are the peaches from la so much better? and I must be sooo immature for thinking this, but I find those two sausages very…umm…..phallic?

  13. Cindy

    Yum. Love German food…except for the sauerkraut.

    It was so hot in NYC when I was there that I knowingly got on the wrong train on several occasions just to get off the sweltering platforms. …and I live in Florida!!

    Have a great time visiting family/friends!

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