Joel and I had heard about the ‘boot beer’ from Lederhosen and decided that we had to see it for ourselves. We headed to the West Village in search of good German beer and food. We found it at Lederhosen, a small, narrow joint in a walk down.
As we passed the crowded bar and walked into the very open bier hall in the back, we knew we were in the right place. As a bier hall should, it was filled with picnic style tables, and a huge mural of the German countryside.
To start, we opted for the seasonal Oktoberfest beer on tap to fill our 2 liter (!) glass boot. The beer was just what we were looking for on a crisp Autumn night in NY. The boot itself was more funny that practical, but nonetheless, we were pleased.
We decided upon a few small dishes — the soft pretzel (what beer met a pretzel it didn’t like?), potato pancakes and Knackwurst that was served on a small baguette and topped with cabbage, sauerkraut, onions and mustard. All perfect beer drinking German food! The only disappointment was our order of ‘spaetzle’ which looked more like Italian pasta, not the traditional little bits of dough that are fried up with garlic, butter and parsley.
Real spaetzle or not, Lederhosen was great — a festive German atmosphere, good beer pairing food and of course, boot beer!