Heidelberg Restaurant

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. Β Dinner was at Heidelberg Restaurant, a German place my Mom had seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.


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


This was my first time seeing my cousin Stephanie since we were little itty bitties! She grew up to be quite the lovely woman, both inside and out.


The bread basket was overflowing with all sorts of selections.


A taste of each. Not a butter fan, so it was pretty dry, but I was hungry so I ate it all.


My folks were the only ones to drink alcohol – I think this wasn’t even the “large” size?


For the four of us, we ordered 3 main entrees and one side dish to share. My mom kept talking about the Pig Knuckles that Anthony Bourdain tried, but when I ordered the “Eisben” the waitress informed me we probably wanted the Schweineshaxe. Danke!


The tray she brought out was so impressive we all oohed.


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


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


Plate 1


Seconds on everything


Tons o’ mustard


I heart Heidelberg! None of us were especially impressed with the Bratwurst, which was a bit tough (my folks had issues with the pork too) but I thought everything else was delicious. The environment was unique and I liked 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 πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ™‚

  5. 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.

  6. 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 πŸ˜‰

    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 πŸ™‚


  7. 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!

  8. Vicky @ eat live spin

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

  9. julie

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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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