Dine: Radegast Hall & Biergarten
What’s better than an iced cold beer in a hot summer afternoon!? Maybe an ice cold beer in a beer garden!? I spent a whole afternoon in Williamsburg for a photo shoot, when we finally finished, we were all tired, hungry and drenched… all we wanted is somewhere relaxing, fun, and have good booze! Radegast Hall & Biergarten happens to be right around the corner, but honestly I can’t think of a better place to go in a hot summer afternoon like this.
Beer gardens have been very popular in New York and they are popping up across the city, but some of them are feeling a bit too “new” and it doesn’t have that authentic old school atmosphere to it. For a real beer garden, the more it feels like it’s a place where people have been hoisting giant mugs of ale for centuries on end, the better it is. And that’s why I especially adore this beer hall in Brooklyn. I love how the place was carved out of an old factory, creating a space that’s half patio, half assembly line…. it feel like this place has here since the Great Depression. It is only a block and a half away from the heart of Williamsburg, but it feels like I just stepped into a different country once I walk into the entrance.
This Austro-Hungarian beer hall serves a deep selection of imported brews and Hofbräuhaus-style brats, most of them I can’t even pronounce their names right, but I do know they are all delicious! There are twenty-two drafts on tap and at least fifty-eight beers by the bottle. I had the Sommer Weiss this time, it is a summery wheat beer with notes of grapefruit and apple, perfectly refreshing. Beware of the alcohol content when ordering the beer, some of them are 8% or higher…. it catches up on you before you know it…. so I heard!!
On the side of the garden, there’s a retractable roof where a grill man serves up sizzling meats and savory fries. Instead of ordering a sit-down meal like we do in regular restaurants, follow your nose and hit up the grill guy for a fat kielbasa loaded with kraut or other sausage of your choice. For those who doesn’t dig the grill, the owner Ivan’s wife (she’s the exclusive chef) Joanna has some rib-clinging grub on the menu includes veal schnitzel, stuffed blintzes, and Hungarian Goulash and Dumplings. If you’re not stuffed after all the meal and beer, try the apple strudel, it is absolutely scrape-the-plate good.
Another favorite thing I like about this place is the communal tables — Two long rows of table with wooden benches down the hall, everyone is super friendly to the others that are sitting at the same table,I guess with with such hearty good and big mugs of beer, who’d not sociable and happy?! These big tables are great for big parties too (though they don’t really take reservations), I would say come early and grab the table just to be safe!! Just in case these are not fun and awesome enough, they also have live music almost everyday! Check the website for more information of the music events (http://www.radegasthall.com/event_schedule), I don’t know all of them, but the ones I experienced are all pretty solid and very enjoyable.
Here are the information for Redagast Hall & Beer Garden:
Address: 113 N 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone: (718) 963-3973
Eat, Drink and be happy, y’all!!