113 North 3rd Street (at Berry)
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Cuisine: Austrio-Hungarian beer hall
Our Rating: ★★★★ Great
Cards: All major
Hours: Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, noon-4am
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
NY Mag Says:
Williamsburg’s Austro-Hungarian beer hall serves a deep selection of imported brews and Hofbräuhaus-style brats one block and half a hemisphere off the Bedford Avenue drag. Slovakian-born partners Ivan Kohut and Andy Ivanov gutted adjacent warehouses to create two distinct drinking spaces. The garden side boasts a retractable roof under which a grill man serves up sizzling meats and savory fries gobbled up at the long rows of wooden benches. Inside the “hall,” patrons line the hand-hewn tables made from 150-year-old barn logs. Twenty-two drafts on tap and at least 58 beers by the bottle can be ordered at the polygonal red-oak bar or from one of the waitresses, who are occasionally cinched into full beer-wench regalia. Here, rib-clinging grub, whipped up by Ivan’s wife and executive chef Joanna, includes veal schnitzel, stuffed blintzes, and a scrape-the-plate-delicious apple strudel.
CBS Local says:
One minute you’re in Williamsburg, the next you’re in Munich. Radegast goes all out, the moment you see the building you know exactly what you’re getting into. A seemingly endless beer list, vaulted ceilings, dark furniture, and authentic German fare make for the true beer garden experience. Be forewarned: the mustard is addictive, you may find yourself ordering pretzels and wursts solely as a vessel to deliver it to your mouth.