Like tinsel, guitar solos, and incriminating legal papers, sauerkraut is best when finely shredded. Enjoy this slivered specialty of the Old World with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of German fare and drinks at Biergarten Haus.
The gastronomes at Biergarten Haus invite diners to celebrate Oktoberfest with a menu of authentic German nosh and Teutonic beer, set in a charming, lively atmosphere accompanied by frequent live music. If dishes are the first priority, patrons can furnish tables with a cornucopia of Germanic appetizers such as laugenbrezel, traditional Bavarian pretzel rolls served warm alongside traditional beer cheese and mustard ($5 for three; $9 for six). The winning wiener schnitzel, a lightly breaded and braised pork shank, waltzes winsomely with spicy mustard sauce ($18) before pairing off with sides such as the flavorful sauerkraut, made with apples, bacon, and onions ($3).
In honor of the year’s sudsiest month, Biergarten Haus hosts a huge Oktoberfest celebration for revelers to enjoy the restaurant's large selection of beers. The festivities include ample doses of merriment, as well as nine exclusive specialty beers such as Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, an amber marzen tapped straight from the Bavarian hills. Sip drafts such as the dark-amber Spaten Optimator doppelbock ($9.09 for a half liter; $17.27 for 1 liter), or prepare to send a letter to the editor of a desert-island newspaper by vacating bottled suds such as the spicy, slightly tart Ayinger brau-weisse ($7.27 for 16.9 oz.) and the dark-brown malty Weihenstephaner Korbinian ($11.81 for 16.9 oz.). Three expansive patios can seat up to 300 suds sippers who have free reign over four bars. Sporting events flicker across three large projectors and seven flat-screen TVs, complementing brews with a lactose-free feast for the eyes.