What started as a celebration of a prince's marriage in 1810 has become a worldwide two-week party. Thank goodness! Oktoberfest is everyone's chance to explore German food, beer and traditions. While many places offer festivities, there are some restaurants that do it better.
Bierhaus (712 Third Ave.) You’ll feel like you just stepped into Munich. For lunch lovers, book a party of eight or more and receive 10 percent off your bill Monday through Thursday. On Sundays, kids under 10 eat free from noon to 9pm. Through Oct. 31 there’s live music and $5 pretzels, but don’t skip the bauernwurst. Visit on Oct. 4 for a bratwurst-eating championship.
Lederhosen (39 Grove St.) Until Oct. 19, come dressed in lederhosen and get a free half-liter draft! The Wurst & Beer Special will only set you back $10, and from Tuesday through Friday all pints are $5, well drinks are BOGO, and after 10 p.m. get half off all appetizers. Come at 1 p.m. on weekends through Oct. 19 and enjoy a tap-a-keg special for $25 and drink until the well runs dry.
Zum Schneider Restaurant (107 Ave. C) Zum is sponsoring Oktoberfest tents at 23rd Street and the East River for the first two weekends in October. General admission is $25 and will guarantee you a seat, from which you can enjoy oompah music with your traditional German food and beer (cash only). Clear your schedule and plan to relax the day away.
Monica DiNatale is a deals expert, food host and author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and Craft Beer Week festivals. She dines out eight days a week in search of the best deals in the Big Apple. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.