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!