Heidelberg Restaurant

A little history for new readers - I grew up in NJ (where I'm visiting my folks this week) - right across the George Washington Bridge. I also lived in Astoria, Queens for seven years.  Now that I call Los Angeles my home, it's always bittersweet to go back to NYC, since things are constantly changing.  Dinner last night was at Heidelberg Restaurant, a German place my Mom saw on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.  I had no idea she was even an Anthony Bourdain fan!

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Heidelberg Restaurant kinda feels like stepping into an attraction at Epcot - circa 1985 - especially with all the servers in lederhosen and dirndls.

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This was my first time seeing my cousin Stephanie since we were little itty bitties! She has grown up to be quite the lovely woman, both inside and out.

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The bread basket, overflowing with all sorts of selections.

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A taste of each. Not a butter fan, so it's pretty dry, but I was hungry so I ate it all.

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My folks were the only ones to drink alcohol.  Big glass steins of beer.   I think this isn't even the "large" size?

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For the four of us, we ordered 3 main entrees and one side dish to share. My mom keeps talking about the Pig Knuckles that Anthony Bourdain tried.  But when I order the "Eisben" the waitress informs me we probably wanted the Schweineshaxe. Danke!

The tray she brought out is so impressive we all oohed and ahhhed.

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Also with the Roasted Pork Shank and Smoked Bratwurst comes cabbage and potato dishes galore.

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My favorite was the potato pancakes with applesauce - perfectly fried, thick, and chewy.

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Tons of German mustard, duh.

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I heart Heidelberg! None of us are especially impressed with the Bratwurst, which was a bit tough (my folks have issues with the pork too).  But I thought everything else was delicious. The environment is unique and I like the Andes chocolate mints that came with the check.

Thanks Mom and Dad for a fun dinner!

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