Oktoberfesting in New York

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Oktoberfest is upon us and from September 19 until October 4, we can sit in gardens, drink beer and pretend that we have something to do with this German festival. Whatever. If there’s beer and relishing the last bits of warm weather, consider us in. So, where should a New Yorker go to enjoy these festivities? Here’s a roundup of our favorite beer gardens:

Loreley
This Lower East Side institution, modeled after a pub and brewery in Cologne, Germany, serves 12 beers on tap and features a cozy garden out back.  Their all day menu ain’t too shabby either. Pommes Rot Weiss, anyone? That’s French fries with ketchup and mayonnaise, for you non-German speakers.

Radegast Hall and Biergarten
We love this Williamsburg, Brooklyn biergarten, not just for their beer but also for their food—try their turkey burgers, yeah we know it’s not a German dish—and their no-cover live music. For Oktoberfest, these guys will have pig roasts, mug holding competitions (whatever that is), tastings and music. Can it get any better?

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
Around since 1910, this Astoria biergarten is the oldest one of its kind in New York City.  With a 500-person capacity, it’s also one of the largest outdoor venues to drink at—so if you have a large group, grab a picnic table and settle yourself down under a tree and share a platter of sausage at this Czech institution.

Harlem Tavern
Less than a couple of blocks from Morningside Park, this restaurant and beer garden boasts an extensive list of craft beer. Their massive outdoor garden won’t disappoint you and neither will their crispy barbeque wings and assorted cocktails, if you’re not into beer that is.  If you need more reason to go, consider that they feature live music on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and on Saturdays and Sundays during brunch hours.

The Standard Biergarten
Sit under the High Line Park and enjoy German brews in this cool Meatpacking space. The Standard Hotel’s Biergarten is busy and loud and we like it that way because the commotion somehow reminds us of being in Germany during Oktoberfest. And if you bore of ingesting foamy drinks (who are you?), you can play a little table tennis as one does in a beer garden.  

Greenwood Park
An old auto shop and gas station turned beer garden. Don’t you love New York? This south Park Slope spot is 13,000 square feet and features, ready for this, 60 beers on tap. Furthermore, patrons can engage in a game of Bocce ball while drinking beer and eating Sriracha chicken wings. Talk about multi tasking. There are also DJs, pig roasts and other activities.