Taps: 12 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
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 -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
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 -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
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%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
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 +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
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
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Wonderful German bar and restaurant. Very atmospheric, with a tree in the center of the room, and a very outdoor-beerhall vibe even though they are indoors. The food is excellent, even if the variety is not huge. But the main thing is the beer. As long as you understand that you are sticking with strictly German beer for the visit, you will be very impressed with the variety of beers. A good percentage of the best and most unusual German beers, including the Schneider Oktoberfest, Aventinus and Kolsch, as well as both the Marzen and Urbock versions of Schlenkerla Rauchbier (very good combo with the food. The service is very friendly and charming, and the mostly German waitresses usually appreciate it when I bring my Dachshund to dine with me...they are especially freindly when they find out his name is Ludwig, and was named after Mad King Ludwig II, whose picture adorns the wall here. All in all, a great beer experience.
10-19-2003 18:53:54 | More by saltydog
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I went their for my 30 birthday Saturday night about 7:30 . This place is great cool atmosphere luved the fake trees nice place to have a drink. The service was very good nice German girl very attentive as soon as my glass was empty she was back to offer a refill .the food was typical German Biergarten food nothing special. The beer I had just had a few drafts all were in excellent condition I had a Weihenstephan and it was the best one I ever had those taps must be really clean and the beer was very fresh. A side note one of my friends doesn't like German beers and complained about the selection, I think it was great not the best beer bar but a great German Restaurant. Your not going to find a whole lot of styles of beer but that's not what they are. They are great at what they do. I enjoyed this place and will go back!
12-02-2002 14:19:08 | More by Kwak
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Schneider uber alles! This is my favorite spot in the East Village, and maybe all of NYC. 12 German brews on tap and more in the bottle, all served with appropriate glassware. Every time I go, I have a big grin on my face, and every time I leave, I know I have overdone it (but I'm still grinning!). A good place for a beer nut, but you don't have to be one to have a great time. Other places might have a wider beer selection, a sexier vibe, a cooler locale, or better cuisine (although theirs is nothing to scoff at) - something about Zum just makes me glad.
03-26-2002 20:34:13 | More by Thrasher
Zum Schneider in New York, NY
92 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.