285 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Price: Fairly Cheap
Subway: L Train to Bedford
Hours: Sun-Wed 11:30 am to 2:00 am
Thu-Sat 11:30 am to 4:00 am
Menu: Click Here
Booze: Full bar
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Bio: Rosamunde landed in New York smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg. Since the neighborhood is known for its nightlife and interesting food choices, Rosamunde is a natural hangout with great beer and sausages grilled to perfection. With 24 beer taps, wine on tap and our housemade sodas we strive to make straightforward food a truly special experience.
Giggity: the wildly popular San Francisco sausage grill Rosamunde is now officially slinging meat on Williamsburg’s Southside, in the space formerly occupied by the sexy Savalas and, briefly, the snooty Masten Lake. This place has “smash hit” written all over it: the track record is proven, price is right (8 bucks get you a delicious sausage sandwich with two toppings), vibe is casual, and the options are myriad—in addition to all the real sausages, there are three different kinds of vegan sausages, plus vegan baked beans, potato salad (that has bacon), and fries. And we haven’t even gotten to all the draught beers and the house-made sodas and the highballs!
Rosamunde (the name is taken from a German “Beer Barrel Polka”) has 24 beers on tap and 15 in bottles. In the basement, they make eight different soda syrups ranging from ginger to cucumber to licorice, and you can order these straight up for $3.50 (the licorice is sublime) or mixed into a specialty highball ($8). Last night we tried both the licorice soda (spectacular) and the refreshing Pimm’s Cup, made with the Cucumber syrup. Of all the sodas, principal owner Josh Margolis tells us licorice is his favorite, but he’s most proud of the cola. “Cola’s not easy,” says Margolis. “Everyone’s got an opinion on cola. It took me a long time to get that right.”
The vegan baked beans—a rarity in our experience—are crazy good; vegetarians should get them as a side with the tasty Vegan Apple Sage, which we recommend with the sauerkraut and sweet peppers. You can also choose from such toppings as grilled onions, hot peppers, and beef chili. (Vegans should note that the rolls are NOT vegan.) Or you can get a bigger sausage plate for $10.75; that comes with baked beans, a green salad, one sausage, and some bread. The rest of the menu is a carnivore’s delight, with sausage options including the popular beer sausage, a roast garlic chicken sausage, a duck & figs sausage, and even a truffle sausage made with chicken and pork.