Published November 04, 2009
Mini Bavaria in the East Village
We know what you're thinking right now: pretzels.
And not those packages of salty sticks or the Auntie Anne's at Penn Station. You're thinking about the kind
of pretzels made by busty, giggly Germans as they knead dough and splash each other with steins of
And while we can't give you that right this second, we can give you this: Sigmund Pretzel Shop
new storefront in the East Village that may have perfected the art of baking fresh, fat, German-speaking
pretzels in New York, opening today.
Like most of life's pleasures, beer is involved: the Sigmund's pretzel laboratory was smart enough to borrow
a secret ingredient from beer to help plump up the dough balls. That by itself—genius. But they'll
also be introducing new flavors weekly, starting today with jalapeño-cheddar and caramel-pecan.
Or, you can take things to the next level with something called the loaded pretzel—lumping cured
bresaola and arugula or lox and dill cream cheese onto the pretzel.
And for those times when food smaller than the size of your head just won't do (more often than you think),
Sigmund is taking special orders on mammoth pretzels about the size of a Frisbee. Also coming soon: a full
menu of pretzel and beer pairings—just as soon as the city recognizes the need for a closet-size
Bavarian beer hall.
But make sure you get your pretzels early, because they bake a single batch each morning.
So when that's gone, no pretzel for you.
Sigmund Pretzel Shop
29 Avenue B
(at E. 3rd St)
New York, NY 10009