Looking to celebrate Oktoberfest this fall? Here are two popular places to visit.
Cooperage Inn – East
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After a weekend of apple picking on the North Fork, head on over to the Cooperage Inn on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow for their annual fall festival.
Every weekend beginning mid-September and running until the end of October, the Cooperage offers outside dining with a wide array of food choices, including bratwurst with slow-braised German sauerkraut, pulled barbecue pork, roasted corn, autumn harvest clam chowder, homemade potato pancakes, ribs, barbecue chicken and crab cakes, to name a few. Kid-friendly food such as burgers, fries, chicken fingers and hot dogs are also available.
Enjoy a bratwurst with an iced-cold beer. An outdoor bar features numerous craft beers including a fall favorite, pumpkin ale. Wine and a variety of liquors can be purchased as well.
Sit outside under an umbrella-covered picnic table while listening to live music. Feel free to get up and dance. There is plenty for the kids to do on their newly expanded grounds. Pony rides are offered, as well as face painting and pumpkin painting. Visit with Elmo or play in the large hay playground, which will keep the little ones busy for a while. Don’t forget to pick up a candy apple or ice cream on your way out.
If you are looking for authentic German food, Plattduetsche Park Restaurant on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square is the place to be. Serving German fare and continental cuisine since 1939, Plattduetsche makes every day seem like Oktoberfest. An authentic German biergarten is located behind the restaurant and features all kinds of wursts, including bratwurst, knackwurst, currywurst, krainerwurst and bockwurst, as well as other specialty items such as leberkäse, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, jaeger schnitzel and more. For over 20 years, classically trained executive chef Herbert Aigner from Austria has been preparing these and other authentic German dishes for all of Long Island to enjoy.
Another popular item is Plattduetsche’s giant, 12-ounce soft pretzel, which is imported from Munich. It is served with sweet and hot mustard for dipping. And of course there is beer. Serving some of the best German beer on tap, the beer menu includes Erdinger Dunkel, a rich and smooth, dark, full-bodied wheat beer from Erdinger Weissbräu, and Hacker-Pschorr Munich Lager, which is an intense golden-yellow, full-bodied beer with a mild taste and a spicy finish.
Be sure to check out the calendar on Plattduetsche’s website for a listing of live music, which runs every weekend with no cover charge.
Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa!