Authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Salute to German culinary history with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of German fare at VBGB Beer Hall & Garden.
VBGB Beer Hall & Garden serves up a balanced menu of fresh, German-inspired cuisine within cavernous indoor and outdoor dining areas. A homemade beer cheese dipping sauce accompanies each jumbo pretzel ($5), whose twisted tines ensure that, like snowflakes or finger-painted graphic novels, no two are exactly alike. Zweigle's bratwursts ($5.75)—which are entirely devoid of nitrates and MSG—contain pork or chicken, spinach, and feta cheese, and arrive tableside nestled in a pillowy bun. Bite into a pulled chicken sandwich slathered in Dinosaur barbecue sauce, sided with nutritious dishes such as fresh quinoa salad with black beans, corn, tomatoes, and lime vinaigrette, or salt-sprinkled edamame ($9.75 for sandwich and side). Gauge a potential roommate's capacity for sharing by ordering a heaping portion of bar fare such as the homemade potato chips served with blue cheese dip ($4.99), or nosh the black and tan onion rings ($4.99).
Feel free to nurse a drink and stroll around VBGB's spacious, industrial interior or snag a stool at the indoor bar to experience 74-inch frost rails, which keep beverages and misplaced elbows frosty cold. Guests can also choose to congregate en masse with pals on the expansive outdoor patio, which dons communal picnic-table seating. Meanwhile, VBGB fosters uninterrupted conversation thanks to a manifest lack of loud televisions, music, or town criers.