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4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
The German biergarten feel of this place is about as authentic as you can get here in the US. Very spartan--almost medieval design to the place with lots of brickwork and hard wooden chairs. The place is not luxurious at all but the atmosphere is so cool. Perfect for what it is trying to be. Even where the taps were set up along the bar, it felt like you could have been in some medieval castle.
The beers were as fresh as can be and they had some gems I had never seen before. I had never seen Aventinus on tap before or Schneider weisse for that matter. Another new one for me was called Weltenburger. I tried both the Wintertraum (excellent) and their Anno 1050 (average). Even one of the lighter pilseners was Wurzburger--something I have not really seen much of. The selection in this place is not large but it is quite unique.
The food was excellent. We got these potato dumplings tossed with hot sauerkraut. Unbelievably good. Stay away from the pretzels as they are just average. The service was good. I liked how when I asked for a glass of water, it was ice cold but had no ice in it. This is a refreshing change. I cant wait to go back to this place. Fabulous !!
01-16-2006 13:43:27 | More by rousee
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
I went to Zum Schneider on this Sunday afternoon with a good friend. He had visited this place once before and was able to navigate us in the right direction, The Hofrbrau sign in front will prepare you for what awaits.
The atmosphere here is that of a German beerhall. Wooden tables, high ceilings, some scattered ivy and German waitstaff make this place feel as authentic as possible. The overall emphasis here is more on the restaurant side than a beer bar. The bar itself is rather small, but can accommodate around 6 people. A lengthier bar set up would only enhance the attraction of this place. There is some nice outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Service was solid; attentive, friendly, and responsive.
The selection is a real treat to someone who appreciates German beer. They have all of the major German options that one would wish to find. The glassware is dead on too. I had a Schneider Weisse and an Aventinus. Both beers were served properly and very fresh. The draught and bottle selection will offer you some quality selections. Beers are served in three sizes...small, regular and large. Check out the website for a detailed draught selection: http://www.zumschneider.com/.
I liked this place. It hit the spot on a lazy Sunday afternoon. There is nothing like a couple of pints in the afternoon and good conversation with a close friend. Check this place out if you find yourself in the East Village or Alphabet City. There is also a Moon Pie Pizza a few blocks away if you are looking for a good slice.
07-31-2005 21:42:38 | More by Hibernator
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
This seems to be the hottest place on which, until very recently, was a horrible avenue. Very small, with a little bar and those long picnic type German tables. The floor looks like they decided to just leave the concrete slab as is. Some weird looking faux tree throughout. Pretty good range of German beer on tap, and some bottles. Food was tre disappointing as traditional German fare is being done so well at other NYC venues. Realy gets busy here, and that muffs the service up. Prices way high for beers which can be readily had for less nearby. Not my thing.
05-07-2005 21:53:40 | More by ChowHound
3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
My wife and I visited this place for the first time on a VERY crowded and noisy saturday night. If you dont like your beer bar/food experience to include nowhere to sit or stand, loud and obnoxious drunks smashing their large steins together, I sould suggest you stay away from ZS during peak times.
From what I could observe, the beeer selection included all the German quality regulars and a few I hadn't spotted around town before. Food platters I saw on the way to peoples tables looked large and tasty. Despite the out of the way, lower east side location, I didn't see many bargains on the beer or food menus.
I would like to go back, but would try a week night or a lunch time/early evening visit
05-07-2005 12:42:35 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Great place to go when in a German mood. Place is set up like a German O'fest tent, with picnic table like seating. Often you will find yourself sitting with strangers if you are not there with a large group.
Good quality authenic German food made by Mexicans, and very good German beer.
Love the hot German beer wenches.
This place almost always has unusual German beer selections on tap. Have had everything from Hacker Pschorr Dunkel to Kloster Weltenburg and Allgauer on tap here.
Food has always been good and tasty. Also the prices are reasonable. Fun place to go with friends.
03-28-2005 19:37:03 | More by vladtheimpaler
4.06/5 rDev -2.6%
I really like Zum Schneider and I'm not sure why I had never been there before. Bruiser81 and I arrived early on the day that we visited and had to wait around a few minutes before the place opened. Therefore, due to the early hour of the afternoon, we practically had the place to ourselves. That made our visit very quiet and enjoyable.
The bartender and all the staff were exceptionally nice, beer knowlegeable, and in a terrific mood. Even the resident cat seemed happy. I would have really enjoyed being around these people all night. Not all the staff is German or has a German background, but according to the bartender, everyone that works there is required to speak the language.
The inside of the place is very open and light. There are lots of long tables and benches, reminiscent of a German beirgarten or Oktoberfest. There are even a few tables out on the sidewalk that runs along two sides of the building.
The beer selection was pretty good and completely German. There are other beer bars in Manhattan that have much bigger selections, but considering that ZS is limited to just German fair, I think they do a damn fine job.
I really enjoyed my visit to Zum Schneider and wish that I could have spent more time there. The friendly atmosphere topped off a great German beer bar. I will dedicate a night to ZS the next time that I am in town.
11-01-2004 23:45:32 | More by Quaffer
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
There I was wondering what to say about the Zum Schneider Restaurant & Biergarten when I came across Rapopodas BeerFly for the self same visit, and I have to say that I think he sums it up perfectly.
An L-shaped room that feels like two separate rooms, both of which contain many wooden bench-like tables and chairs. A decent outside drinking area also lends a party atmosphere before you even enter. Lots of bare bricks and some very peculiar bare wooden tree trunks that are obviously fake and seem to be made of Plaster of Paris, these defoiled white trees juxta-pose with some German Memorabilia and Breweriana. The atmosphere is a little forced and it seemed to attract trendies, so it feels a little pretentious at times. It seems like the sort of place that would find it hard to laugh at it self, but I was here for the beer and the chance to drink it with a group of good NYC friends that I come to know well over the last year, which is all that matters. Our Party of Davo, Moon0, Feloniousphil, Rapopoda, djgonzalez, RokotGirl left the Chelsea Brewing Company and headed out here, where we met PopeJohnPaul.
Twelve Totally Teutonic Taps that serve a range that can alter but usually comprises the following Schneider Weisse, Weihenstephaner Weissbier, Aventinus Doppelbock, Aventinus Wheatbeer, Reissdorf Kölsch, Hofbräu Original (HB) Löwenbräu "Helles", Hacker Pschorr, Jever Pilsener, Würzburger Hofbräu Pilsener, Veltins, Spaten, Einbecker are all advertised as being on draft. I went for the Spaten Dark and an Aventinus Wheatbeer. In addition the draft beers are supported by a very small range of bottled beers. Food is typical Teutonic fare, simple but it seemed decent quality from what I saw.
Service seemed quick and punctual but lacked any warmth; very German in its utilitarian execution I may say. That said we had enough people round our Bench Table to start our own entertainment, which started when Davo ordered some food and it arrived. A perfectly preserved brace of Boiled Albino Donkey Knobs (a.k.a. Weisswurst) caused much mirth and amusement amongst those of that have a mental age of 14 years and below.
A pretty smallish place, but funky in a serious German way. It has some character all of its own, even if it does not feel German at first, being surrounded by Teutonic brews and fare you will soon find yourself speaking the few German phrases that you learnt in school, things like Donner und Blitzen when you see Davo swallow a whole Albino Donkey Knob on his own in one go without blushing, or Gott in Himmel when you soon Feloniousphil put away yet another huge Stein of one of the Dunkels without even a wobble.
A great to place to meet up, but I reckon this place could easily become crowded at which point it would loose its charm for me. Super place to meet friends and share a Bier or two though. Zum Wohl!
Last Visit: Saturday 4th September, 2004.
09-18-2004 02:54:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Specken ze deutsche, fraulien?
Zum's seems to be a hidden gem. Easily crowded due to it's small area, it serves nothing but german beers. Not being well-schooled in german, I just ordered a Jever and soaked in the atmosphere. Nothing here for fans of darker beers (stouts, porters, etc.), but high-quality beers overall. Not a place that you'll want to spend an entire evening at, but surely a stop along the way on a pub crawl
Servers seem extremely well-versed in their selections, and the hard pretzels on the bar add a nice touch.
04-19-2004 15:43:55 | More by PudTinkler
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
Cool German bar and restaurant, gotta love any place that has beer by the liter. Quality German beer selection, including Schneider Weiss, Aventinus, Weihenstephaner, Kolsch, Jever, Hacker Pschorr. Good food, especially Leberkaese (Bavarian meatloaf) with Apfelstrudel for dessert. Fun and loud, with mismatched hardwood benches, weird fake trees. The waitresses are attentive and do a great job with a large (and sometimes obnoxious) crowd. Spring-summer when the tables are on the sidewalk is the best season. Get there early - this place can get really crowded.
Favorite tale from Zum - while waiting to order at the bar:
Tap man (German accent, pouring liter): "Vat would you like?"
Customer: "Do you have a light beer?"
Tap man (finishes pouring the liter, grabs a 0.3l): "Ah. A small, right?"
02-12-2004 03:09:44 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.36/5 rDev +4.6%
Guess what? Another "fact finding mission", this one in the East Village. Zum Schneider's a little place with a bunch of beerhallish tables and a tiny little attached room with more of the same. There are fake trees sprouting right up and (so it looks) right through the ceiling and a good deal of brick. We sat barside and woofed a bowl of big bavarian pretzels and saw it all. They've got a half dozen bottles and 12 taps, all German, from one end of the range to the other. I had the Aventinus while Phil had a Dab (I haven't seen Dab on tap since ever). Kolsch, Octos, in appropriate glassware, a good selection although there were a couple I've never heard of. Note to self: I really ought to be better schooled in German beers.
Uh oh, bathroom hunt. What's this?? Oh hell, Hey!! Am I a "Herr" or a "Frau"? Damn it, what'd they use to call each other on Hogan's Heroes? Come man, tell me, hurry up, hurry, hurry!!
10-28-2003 04:16:43 | More by slander
Zum Schneider in New York, NY
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.