Radegast Hall & Biergarten
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Reviews by sleazo:
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
As a big fan of the Bohemian Beer Garden in Queens, I was happy to have another bar by the same owners closer to home. From the inside and outside it has a pretty closely authentic central European feel to it. Two rooms, one withh booths and one with communal picnic tables. To me the communal tables and meeting new people are one of the reasons I love beer gardens. The side with the benches has a retractable roof which was thankfully closed in the winter. I was there for a long session and it wetn from a bunch of families around 6pm to a more roudier crowd starting around 10pm. The place was still jumping when I left around 2am, or at least I think it was.
The waitresses have some wierd combo german/czech style uniforms on and were generally pretty good at getting beers but there were a few LONG lag times during our session. Hopefully that was just a misstep in the early stages. Still, the Bohemian has those terrible lines so this is pretty good.
Beerwise they have a decent but not great selection. Nothing was a true eye opener that I desperately wanted but there were some good selections. I had a Spaten Oktoberfest or three, Krusovice lager, a bottled shwartzbier whose name escapes me and some others. The website was pretty accurate as far as the beer menu goes. Everything seemed clean and fresh but I did go a week after opening. Their glasswear was appropriate for style and I got to relive Oktoberfest a little by drinking a few liter Masses of beers.
The food is divided into two parts. The first which consists of Kielbasas and burgers which you get up annd order at the back grill. They get the Kielbasas at a nearby Polish butcher and it was pretty good. The burger was good as well, blue cheese on top and sweet potato fries were a good change of pace. These are the cheaper options at around $8-$12. The other side of the menu consists of full entrees with a central European feel featuring some game, pork and dumplings. I did not get a chance to sample these. i did share a rabbit and chicke n liver pate which was pretty good but I really only tasted chicken liver.
All in all this was a fun place, I am sure the scene will figure itself out before long. There were a good deal of hipsters there which makes sense figruing the neighbourhood but I think that should chage as they didnt seem to be fully enjoying the revelry and lack of PBR.
Costwise the beers get pretty pricey at around $7 a pint. I will be back, different experience(and much more expensive) from Bohemian Beer Garden but fun nonetheless.
12-24-2007 02:37:58 | More by sleazo
More User Reviews:
4.71/5 rDev +23.9%
Aside from Monk's Cafe in Philly, I found a recommendation for this place in GQ of all places. Actually was a big factor to visit the east coast of the US.
Radegast is right on the corner of street and has the Biergarten motif even on the front facade. Large, large garten and seating area that is open yet mostly covered from any rain. Long German tables all over offer plenty of seating for any size crowd. There are a few tap stations and food stations in the garten area aside from the main (and also huge) bar counter so you can get served faster by the enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. They even had a polka band going around the place playing on tables. The whole inside is old style German/Europe with brick and concrete floors and walls giving an authentic feel and look to it.
If you have been to German beer bars before you know the selections and Radegast has a great array of German and Belgian selections of all types. Tried the pretzel as well and was not disappointed. Just a great overall experience and if you have a day free in NY go to Brooklyn/Williamsburg and spend an afternoon embracing your inner German. Also hit Brooklyn Brewery a few blocks away.
03-06-2014 23:21:09 | More by Sound_Explorer
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
The location was great - easy to find for a non-new yorker/brooklyner. Went on a Saturday afternoon and although it was crowded we found seats in the communal table in the biergarten. Food - I had the bratwurst and the pork sandwich - the wurst was very good but the pork was better. My friends got the wiesswurst and a cheeseburger - GREAT BURGER. They let you know that it takes a long time to cook - thick and perfect mixture. HAd nearly all the beers that I like - I had a HB Oktoberfest and my friend had the Weihenstephaner Vitus (wish they had the hefe).
11-05-2013 21:01:26 | More by maltyhops
4.34/5 rDev +14.2%
I visited about a week ago and thought the place was fabulous! Great German beers, great wurst, an oompah band, a good crowd, and a positive buzz. As it was busy it took a few minutes for the server to notice us but once she did she was very pleasant and helpful. It was the beginning of their Octoberfest celebration (we were there about 1 PM in the afternoon). The crowd was diverse: old, young (babies), hipsters, neighborhood regulars. Overall, I strongly recommend a visit.
10-02-2013 19:50:33 | More by luddy83
4.06/5 rDev +6.8%
This spot is one of my favorite Williamsburg destinations. A beer garden bringing me back to my experiences actually visiting Germany. This is the authentic atmosphere - they have an indoor room and an outdoor garden. Inside, the appearance is classy and old world, with appropriate low lighting from chandeliers. Outside, there's long Oktoberfest style wooden tables and exposed brick. If you're going for brunch, arrive early, like 11ish, because it will get crowded. The food's excellent - they have what you would expect - sausages, bratwurst, potato pancakes, pretzels. There's a main menu and a separate one for the grill station outside. As for the beers, they have a tap menu with a dozen or so selections, and a rotating list of special European craft beers. The bottle list is exceptional with 50-60 different varieties. Of course the specialty is with German beer, but they also cover Belgium pretty well. Last time I went I got the Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier and the Leipziger Gose. The prices are a bit high, but consider the experience you are getting. I have no idea what people are talking about in regards to the service. Then again, like I said, I prefer to arrive early before it gets too packed. This is a must see for BA's in Brooklyn.
05-06-2013 19:00:22 | More by Neorebel
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Great beer and great food. Loved the atmosphere and the prices aren't too bad. You can enjoy a liter of great german beer for not such a bad price. My only complaint is that the last time I went the waitress was very rude and snotty but usually the staff there is a lot nicer. I would definitely recommend this biergarten and would say that it is a must try if your in brooklyn.
02-02-2013 17:36:35 | More by Mr27
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
Exceeded my expectations to find a "good" beer garden during our NYC visit in 10/2010. We visited on a Friday night, great place to stop in for some food after happy hour at the close by Brooklynn Brewery a few blocks over.
Impressive selection of authentic German brews as I expected during Oktoberfest season. Quality of the beer was acceptable with appropriatte galssware. Service was attentive, timely and regular as needed.
Atmosphere in the garden/patio area was impressive with large old word tables, large scale open air lattice, plent of room for festive social seating with newly made friends/patrons.
Food was impressive and exceeded our expecations. Food was reasonable price but the beer was a bit on the pricey end.
12-03-2010 22:27:54 | More by unclejimbay
Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn, NY
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.