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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.

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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

Most people think curry and they think of spicy Indian food or rich Thai dishes. But curry can refer to many different ethnic spiced dishes.

And the words bratwurst, schnitzel, and pretzel that appear on Wechsler’s menu make it clear that we are not anywhere near Asia. No, Weschsler’s in the East Village serves German food, hearty gutbomby German food.

The place consists of a small counter/bar where you place your order and then just a couple of tables to enjoy your sausages. The staff was surprisingly very friendly and accommodating. I was relieved that this place wasn’t too crowded because I would imagine when it gets busy you can’t tell your bratwurst from the next person’s.

The currywurst that we came for is a sliced up pork sausage that’s smothered in a savory, but slightly sweet tomato-y curry sauce. It comes with a side of delicious fries and should be consumed with a beer ending in the words bra├╝ or weisse.

The wurst was far from it – it was some of the best. The meat was well seasoned and cooked, giving it just the right amount of pop. And the curry sauce was warming and addicting. And the fries that didn’t immediately make it in my mouth ended up dipped in the sauce and then made it into my mouth.

Would Wechsler’s currywurst make my Top 100 of the year? The sausage is hearty and firm and the flavorful sauce just puts it over the edge. It might not be the best German wurst I’ve had in the city, but it’s up there. It gets an 8 out of 10.


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