“Zum Schneider is a great place to enjoy with a crowd, and the owner Sylvester does his best to make things fun.”
“The kaisershmarrn (which is my favorite Austrian dessert in the world) took me straight back.”
“Honestly, if your idea of fun is waiting for 30 minutes for a warm German beer then this is your Mecca.”
“Nonpretentious atmosphere, low on the fakes, pretzels and mustard compliment the beer, food is wonderful.”
“Zum has a wide menu of German beers that come in huge glasses.”
“Absolutely a nice place to go and hang out with friends.”
“unfortunately, had the WORST waitress ever today and so will not go back again.”
“Zum also creates the perfect social atmosphere to meet new people with their traditional beer-garden style community tables.”
“Zum has a wide menu of German beers that come in huge glasses.”
“Had long heard favorable word of this place from a hotel colleague of mine (please note that I work in hospitality in Guest Services recommending places to eat, drink and be merry).”
I've read some great things about this place but unfortunately didn't pick up on the fact that you need to get there early (at least on days when they have live music / during Oktoberfest). We arrived around 3pm and were told by some very big bouncers to wait in line -ok, no biggie. The place looked packed and people seemed to be having a great time - huge beer steins, german food, dancing on tables + tuba players!
We waited for over 40 minutes and a waitress came over to us with what looked to be a list. As I started to say, "can I put my name on the list" she quickly turned away and nearly jumped on, then screamed at some people behind us in line who were heckling her ( I probably would have too). The problem was that she then came back to my group and continued to scream, (but at us!) saying that we should be glad the line wasn't longer, we were all ungrateful etc. etc. etc. As we had been more than polite and at that point really just wanted a big glass of beer, we left, went around the corner and split a couple of pitchers.
I'll definitely be back some other time and I'll remember to get there earlier rather than later. I'll also look to avoid the waitress with the purple headband and the whistle!
Not very STEUBEN-dous....
Had long heard favorable word of this place from a hotel colleague of mine (please note that I work in hospitality in Guest Services recommending places to eat, drink and be merry). I went looking forward to post Steuben-Day parade fun with an East Village bent since last year I had gone to the more classic Heidelberg (which was great fun).
The mass of 20 somethings obscured what looked like a very basic indoor beer garden. After a 20 minute wait for drinks at the bar I asked the male bartender (is he a debt collector in his other day job?) in a friendly way "How are you" and was greeted by a very American retort of "I AM B U S Y !!!" said in the most hostile of tone and with the nastiest of looks. It was surprising that one person was filling stand-up drink orders- especially on the St. Patrick Day of Days for any NYC German-American Bar. Add to this that there was no special signage or even any staff in festive dress to give a little Steuben Day flavor. Oh well, just another beer-soaked evening in a thinly veiled just-out-of-college bar that is more First Avenue than Avenue C.
Great place. Beer selection is awesome, food is really delicious (Schweinshaxe is the best in the city). People are friendly and music is great. I'll keep on coming and bringing more people with me.
I can't speak for the food, but I can speak for the beer! I went to Oktoberfest in Munich (Munchen!) a few years back, and this place brought back some lovely drunken memories.
The beer is pretty fantastic, although I have to warn that some of it is stronger than your average beer. It can sneak up on you. It sure sneaked up on me, anyway, as both times I've been to this place I've ended up staying until everybody was kicked out. Other things that brought back Oktoberfest memories: Zum Schneider's the kind of bar that lends itself to making friends with random people sitting nearby, and there's a good chance you'll leave with bruises or sore spots on your hands from the giant beer steins.
Best beer garden in NYC by a mile.... I live in the east village and was at Zum Schneider the night it opened. Haven't stopped going or taking my friends since. The food and beer selection keep getting better and it's as close to Bavaria as you'll get in NYC. Get there early and be prepared for a fun night of drinking.
not what it used to be. this facility has in the last year ceased to provide adequate grounds for successful parchment-creation. one can only hope that sylvester and benjamin will remedy the flounder.
Fun times and great beer!. I just had to respond to blondbluey's review below. Wow, were you totally off the mark. Did you not have a clue that on Steuben Day that Zum Schneider would be packed?How long have you lived here? I have gone there many times on normal weekends and on special event days. If you live in the city you have to expect crazy crowds during certain events. Maybe you should go to a small out of the way hotel bar so you can sit alone and have the place all to yourself. Zum Schneider is a great place to enjoy with a crowd, and the owner Sylvester does his best to make things fun. There are not that many German/Bavarian places left in NYC (Zum Schneider, Heildelberg, Lederhosen) so you have to realize how crowded they get. I have always seen a very mixed crowd there too. And I will always go back. Lighten up blondbluey.
IF you like to have fun, DO NOT GO HERE!!.
After living in Munich for 9 months I was eager to get some authentic German cuisine in the big city. While they did have some fantastic beer selection the Germans are a much better people than the clownshoes running this place. Our group was having a fantastic time, laughing, drinking eating and just enjoying the night when it became apparent that this was no place to do such a thing. I was quickly notified that this was in fact not the hofbrahaus. Well no sh1t, but I also didn't think I was boozing at the local barnes and nobles. I was told on numerous occasions that the behavior of our group was unacceptable and might be grounds for dismissal from this establishment. Our behavior consisted of us sitting at our table having dinner and a few laughs. They didn't even have un Becks. My grandfather Ludwig Van Wolfhausen would have been ever so upset with the way these "German" waitresses treated their customers. Some friends showed up and started gathering around our table, well to my suprise this wasn't permitted either. I politely asked the young lady why the place was like drinking in a tibetan prison camp. She said that we would get kicked out of any bar for acting the way our group did. Us Germans are a proud people and loud and boisterous just may come with that territory. If you are looking to drink some good beer while reading your favorite book then this just may be the place for you. I beg of you do not go expecting to have fun or you will immediately be ridiculed.
Es ist wie ein Bierhall auf Munchen!.
We came on this place pretty much by accident, and it turned into one of the most fortunate finds in my city life so far. Granted, I'm a little biased because the six years of German I studied in HS/college have, up to this point, only come in handy when beer is involved. And here, beer is very, very involved.
It's got the German beer hall/beer garden style, with wooden tables and -- if you can get it -- outside seating under blue-and-white-checkered umbrellas in fair weather. The beer comes in the authentic German style, delivered from 10 taps that run the gamut of German beer (hefeweisse, dunkelweisse, bock, pilsener, etc.) by a waitstaff that speaks the language, who also sling the traditional foodstuffs.
The bratwurst and weisswursts were phenomenal, as were the pretzels ($2 apiece, for pretty decently sized twists).
All in all, a surprisingly hi-fidelity re-creation of Munich life. Good stuff.
try some where else.
i ordered a sausage dish and when it came it didnt SMELL rite to me. i told the waitress and she said she would get me another dish but i would have to pay for this dish also. i asked for the owner and a so called manager came. she repeat the same "you must pay for it anyway".
they dont care about customer service. and its a dump.
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