Buschenschank Brooklyn

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Buschenschank BrooklynBuschenschank Brooklyn

Type: Bar, Eatery

320 Court St
Brooklyn, New York, 11231-4594
United States

(718) 237-0325 | map

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Added by slander on 11-23-2012

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Photo of jjboesen
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

This is a German place that is about a few blocks from the Great Bar Harry. I swung by here while waiting for the latter to open. It was a cold day and I needed warmth and sustenance. Buschenschank is hard to find as there is no signage except for a chalkboard sign on the sidewalk. It is a large place with a formal dining room separated from the small bar. Plenty of locals bar flys, Brooklyn douchebags and boring couples with their little snot monkeys seem to make up the basic clientele. The beer selection was to be expected; a few standard German lagers, Stella Artois and a house beer. They had a brunch going on and I settled for some delicious steak and eggs. Very good. The waitress was very attentive as well. Not a bad place, but not a great destination - not here, where there are so many other places from which to choose.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I've only been to Buschenschank during the late afternoon when it wasn't very busy so I can't really give you any more of an idea of how it is other than that (apparently it can get pretty raucous at night). The place was about half full, and it was quite comfortable with the windows to the outside completely removed (I still haven't figured out how that works). In beautiful weather, or even in the summer if it's hot I'd still recommend trying to get a seat near the window where you can watch the street from an elevated view. If not, at least it's a good looking, comfortable place and you should still enjoy yourself.

Beer: 14 beers on tap, mainly German but with some locals (Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence), 2 house beers (I'm not sure where they come from), and an oddity (Pacifico?). The German-style house beers interested me, and there were three strong ales, which was nice (Vitus, Korbinian, Salvatore). There are 6 or so bottled beers available, but nothing really of interest.

I was at first confused by the pizza in a German pub thing, but I understand that the owner also owns South Brooklyn Pizza so it makes a little more sense. I'd also heard that they used to have Italian beers, and they do have a fairly good wine selection, so maybe they were trying to combine Italian and German? It still doesn't make sense to me, but whatever. The pizza was good, but expensive ($12 personal).

The German food was lack-lustre at best; it's basically spaetzel ($16), different wursts ($9-10), and a pretzel ($4). There are other places doing it much, much better.

Service could be better, but whatever. These days I'm surprised if the server is pleasant, gets the order right, and actually brings everything to the table.

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Photo of slander
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ah, weekday mid afternoon drinking. In Brooklyn, with Ben, who is off this Thanksgiving week. I would have arrived on time, but that stupid muni meter was down and then I foolishly entered that door covered with a Paulaner Octoberfest banner and ascended stairs to find construction workers not drinking German beer. WTF? I mean, it was located directly below their exterior sign so why wouldn’t I reasonably, oh, forget it...

Seating for a dozen and a half stooled on a wood plank topped bar with a panel base running a ‘U’ around the underside of a stairwell. A rounded piece sits stuffed in there below with some cooler space, and there’s some booze countered and tiered above. The bar is strangely subway tile lined on the inside.

Frontside is a wall of narrow vertical windows over Court Street and wrapping slightly onto side street Sackett brick wall play. Big brick to the rear, too, with a pair of arches cut in looking in on South Brooklyn pizza and their kitchenings through framed window pieces, sills & shelves holding jarred this and that (Apparently you can enter through the side side and deal pizza directly). And the far wall just off the door done in pressed tin, a little bit of everything. Wood slat floorings and pressed tin ceiling with crown moldings throughout; worn, bowed, dinged, and paint a-peeling, and some pale green pieces, too. Drop single bulbs lighting, some mounted candle bulbs on the arch of yesterday, and some wagon wheel lamps, but they get their best light off that row of windows up front. Not much overkill to the décor; a pyramid mirror here, a framed logo piece there.

There’s an arch in the middle of the room to the seating side; I’m pretty sure it’s from that Star Trek episode where Bones accidentally overdoses on cordrazine, goes temporarily insane, runs through that portal to the past, and fucks everything up. Yes, the one with a young hot Joan Collins (‘The city on the edge of forever’). It sits seemingly out of place and yes, I will say it, time.

A single table sits sad in the front windows off the doorway. Shorty hightops around the bend forward the bar and sharing common benchage, plus another one to the rear, and a strange bar counter jut off on the kitchen openings that I believe sits over a stairwell to down, ‘cause people keep disappearing there. In the seating area, a pair of long banquet tables down center, 3 shortys up front, and 2 in betweeners to the rear side.

And there’s a basement space, their Ratskeller. Great brick play, with arched throughways & candle lit cuts, and some stone. White painted ceiling with rafters, drop spots, mounted lamps and candle lighting. Hightop bar tables, benches, corner cushy chairs, and a shared banquet table. They’ve got a little bar down there, too. It’s cool.

Ceramic blue ornate towers holding 8 taps each on opposite sides of the bar; 16 taps in all (Einbecker Brauherren Pilsner, Radeberger Pilsner, Stiegl Pilsner, Arcobrau Zwickl Lager, Gaffel Kolsch, Hofbrau Original, Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold, Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock, Franziskaner Dunkelweizen, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier, Schneider Weisse, Spaten Oktoberfestbier, Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen, Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissebier), the list carved out by style with a few words describing, and pricing for .3, .5, & 1L servings. I drank the Arcobrau Zwickl Lager, Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold, & Franziskaner Dunkelweizen.

Also, 10 bottles & cans (Dab Original, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Schlenkerla Helles, Augustiner Brau Pils & Brau Weissbier, Stiegl Pils, Hofbrau Muncher Weisse, Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock, plus oddball Italian beer AMA Bionda Golden Ale, and a single cider from Doc’s).

No, Ben, I have not yet fooded today. Yes, perhaps we should, perhaps we should. I had a most beautiful pretzel; it came with some sort of beer cheese. Bacon, scallion, cream cheese, all, none, don’t know; I just used the mustard, which was real good. Ben had a spinach & cheese dumpling in a mushroom sauce. He said it was ‘fucking delicious’, and added ‘that he was not going to lie’, and then qualified that with ‘because I wouldn’t lie to you’ (Of course he wouldn’t and I wouldn’t think he would, which makes me wonder why he would mention it at all. I will try not to dwell on this).

We caught the place mid afternoon so I didn’t get to see much of the crowd and scene, but it works. I must admit that the pizza thing seems a bit odd, but like I said, you can access it through a side door for the quick in & out. I like the multiple serving sizes for all beers, and the happy hour 2 for 1 on .5 litre drafts is the best deal in town.

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Buschenschank Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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