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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

Of all the tours I lead, the one I have been giving more often than the others is the Tenements Tales and Tastes tour for Urban Adventures. It makes sense that this would be the one that people would want to take on their first visit to New York. Everyone can relate.

The tour, just like this city, is the story of the immigrants that came through to make this country what it is today. That includes customs, languages, but also food. And it’s the food that takes the focus on the newest episode of Locals Know. My guide Joe walks us through the Lower East Side from old Dutch New Amsterdam through Chinatown and Little Italy and then we end in Kleindeutschland with a German pretzel and beer.


Category: Travel, Video

My search for the best beer in New York continues….

PAULANER, 265 Bowery (between Houston Street and Stanton Street), Lower East Side

People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them they can go to the Paulaner brewery on the Lower East Side. Anybody who knows much about beer, history, or Germany can tell you that Paulaner Brewery is an historic Munich brewery opened by monks in the 17th century. It’s one of the gathering points every year for the famous Oktoberfest.

Tank to Glass

But more recently, the Paulaner brand has expanded across the world opening up brewpubs in places like Singapore and Moscow. Its first US location opened about three years ago in New York right on the Bowery, which is notable since this was the old Kleindeutschland (little Germany) neighborhood from the 1800’s

In the Middle of the Bar

Many people might walk by this German beer hall and mistake it for a typical sports bar. But you might notice all the brewing equipment and then discover there is wonderful, authentic German pub food available and the brewmaster Andreas Heidenreich is brewing the freshest lagers every single day right on premises. (more…)


Category: Beer

Each Friday, I get a lesson in the NYC brewery scene in these funny and informative videos promoting Urban Oyster’s NYC Brewery Tour

I love traveling to other cities and countries and trying their local beer. So when I’m in New York, I like to drink the beer that is made in this city. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. So you rarely find me drinking German or British beer – unless I’m doing research or studying for an upcoming tour or trip.

Meredith catches me with a bottle of Paulaner (made in Germany) and tells me that I can stay local when drinking this classic Munich beer. How is that possibloe? Well, it turns out Paulaner has opened a bräuhaus (brewpub) right in the center of Lower Manhattan. That means I can get fresh, local New York beer that also happens to be traditional and completely German


Category: Beer, Video

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

ROSAMUNDE SAUSAGE GRILL, 285 Bedford Avenue (between South 1st Street and Grand Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I almost turned around once I stepped into the very hipster-centric Rosamunde Sausage Grill in Williamsburg, the center of hipster-centricity. Among the long list of sausages at this Brooklyn location of a popular West Coast transplant were gourmet-sounding concoctions like chicken habañero and duck with figs, but no “hot dog”. I was looking for something plain and simple. Something to measure against all the other frankfurters in this city.

Where's My Dog?

The bartender pointed me toward the knockwurst. Of course! But is the German all-beef seasoned wiener the same thing as a hot dog? Sure, the Germans introduced the wursts to this city and no doubt they evolved (or devolved) into the dirty water dogs we have today. But are all hot dogs considered a knockwurst?

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Category: Hot Dogs

In order to get past all the little things that annoy me about my father, I invite him to bond with me over over some manly German food at Hallo Berlin for Father’s Day.

Special Thanks:

halloberlinrestaurant.com
midtownlunch.com
ultraclay.com


Category: Video

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

SADLY, LANDBROT IS NOW CLOSED.

LANDBROT, 137 7th Avenue South (between West 10th and Charles Street), West Village

Running a restaurant in New York City is a difficult endeavor. And it becomes transparent for me when a restaurant is not doing so well. Aside from an empty dining room, there are clues when a spot is struggling. Take Landbrot in the West Village, for instance. It opened to lots of press last year and seemed destined to be a local hotspot. In fact, the overzealous owners immediately opened a second location in the Lower East Side.

Giving It All Away

But it seems to me that business isn’t turning out to be what was expected. Upon entering the German cafe (which may specialize in too many things: pretzels, beers, coffee, bread, sausages, pastry, etc.), I could tell there was trouble. Special discounts were everywhere. I stumbled into Happy Hour, which includes $6 brats, 50% off select wine bottles, and a free coffee thanks to my check-in on Foursquare. Plus, they have a 50% off discount through Scoutmob.

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Category: Hot Dogs

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