Without German innovation, bears would never be shaped into gummy candy and kindergarteners would have no venue in which they could show their chocolate-filled meteorite and subsequently tell about it. Celebrate the contributions of German culture with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of German fare and drinks at Swan Market.
A privately owned delicatessen and lunch bistro for more than 80 years, Swan Market delivers deliciously umlauted deli meats with an authentic German sensibility. The market's staff makes every sausage on the lunch menu by hand and also hand-slices all cold cuts using well-placed karate chops. Prime rusty palates with a sausage appetizer before feasting on hearty schnitzel, sauerbraten, or the most German dish of all: Hungarian goulash. Edible addendums of potato salad, sauerkraut, and spaetzle will further insulate ribs against winter chills and misfired cannonballs. And like a good German restaurant or bad German daycare center, Swan Market keeps a slate of imported Deutsch beers on tap ($3.50/glass, $12/pitcher). Lunch items are typically between $7 and $8. Most of Swan Market's wares can also be bought for $4.99 to $7.99 per pound at its deli counter.
Swan Market maintains an authentic atmosphere of Old World gemutlichkeit (hospitality), in which anyone can sit down at the communal tables and socialize over a solid meal. Accordion enthusiasts will likewise appreciate the live German music that the market hosts on the last Thursday and Friday of each month, which runs the gamut from boisterous polkas to mesmerizingly repetitive electronic polkas about the Autobahn.