Published November 02, 2007
Beer Hall With a Retractable Roof
As the winter draws near, the ups-and-downs of the cold season make planning your outdoor drinking
difficult. Not to worry.
Opening next week in Williamsburg, Radegast Hall & Biergarten
is all your central-European
fantasies rolled into one: 24-oz pints, more lagers than you can count, and most importantly, a retractable
roof that leaves no doubt that you'll always be imbibing under optimal conditions.
When you step inside, you'll suddenly find yourself in a Vienna beer hall circa 1890, complete with a
portrait of two Kaisers overlooking your half-liter of lager. (Never trust a Kaiser.) Sidle up to the
twisting wraparound bar, grab a half-liter of Hofbrau (there are 13 lagers on tap) and don't forget the
appetizers—luckily, the Austrian version of bar food is steak tartare and roast quail. Auf
Wiedersehen, beer nuts.
Of course, the real revelry happens at the "garden" behind the bar. That's where you'll get some fresh air
through the ten open skylights, grab the best German sausages from the grill at the back, and work on some
international relations. If you want something heartier, there's Veal Schnitzel, Porterhouse Steak or Roast
Pork Loin, all brought out on a plain wooden cutting board.
Don't forget to say danke schön.
113 N 3rd St
(at Berry, Williamsburg)
North Williamsburg - North Side
Brooklyn, NY 11211