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 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.
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!