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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010—Bar 133

Day 133—Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Hallo Berlin (Originally headed for 123 Burger Shot Beer)

Okay, I had to work tonight, but I’m feeling much better than I did last night. I apologize for the somewhat dull post yesterday, but hey, you can’t win them all on the crawl and tonight’s a new night. As I explained last week (when I had to work last Saturday), I usually go out early on Saturday and get a cheeseburger and avoid the madness of Saturday night. Last week I ended up in a quiet little restaurant bar and met some really cool people. If you missed it, you can just click here: Last Saturday night.


Well, since I went to a quiet bar last night, tonight I’m flying right into the eye of the storm for what I hope will be a more lively post. I found a place in Hell’s Kitchen called 123 Burger Shot Beer and it’s a place I can still do my cheeseburger thing since they serve them all night long.

What the deal is that here you can get the cheeseburger for a buck, a shot for two dollars and a beer for three bucks. Those are my kind of prices and the place is huge, so maybe the crowd won’t be overwhelming. The only way to find out is to get crawling!

P.S. My good pal and 365 commentator, Biff said there’s no way it’s going to happen there. I spoke with her on the phone tonight and told her of my plans and that the place looked to be a little on the fratyboyish side of things and she said that by the time I got there it would be peak hours and it’d be too crowded to do my bar crawl thing in there. If you’re right, Bifferoonie, you can leave me a big, “I TOLD YOU SO!” in the comments section below.

Okay, here we are at 123 Burger Shot Beer. It sounds loud in there.

Holy shitballs and it's packed as well. I'll never doubt you again, Bifferoonie! Maybe i'll try this place tomorrow for my Sunday dinner.

Time to start my lonely walk down 10th Street.

Hey Joey D., here's a deli you need to visit.

ATM is available here, you should stop in before the cops find out about this!

This building smells of pea soup and I swear I can hear the words, "Your mother sucks cocks in hell," coming out of the building.

Hello Berlin, this place looks like a different kind of bar, let's check it out.

It's Saturday night and I don't see anyone in here, sure beats a crowded bar, let's go inside.

Nice bar and it's empty on a Saturday night, let's take a seat and let the crawl begin!

Bartender Chris serves up a giant-sized bottle of Reisdorf Kolsch.

It's delicious, cheers!

A painting with the name of the German bar on it adorns the wall.

The front of the room is decked out with wooden benches in true German beer hall style.

Tables line the walls for dining and drinking.

A list of German shots to be had here and if that price list is correct, they're the cheapest shots in town!

The reason no one's at the bar is that it's a nice night out and everyone is outside in the German beer garden.

And yes, these are ashtrays. If you smoke, you can light up and be left alone out here. Take that Mayor Bloomberg.

Here's Christian and John. John confessed he's half German, so he's a natural for the place.

Ben, Michael and Rufus were celebrating Michael's 44th birthday. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Michael!

Okay, there's no cheeseburgers to be had here, so I ordered a fresh warm German pretzel.

And it was delicious! Gute Nacht jeder!

Review
Hallo Berlin proudly hails itself as “New York’s Wurst Restaurant.” And this play on words refers to the vast selection of wurst sausage selections to be had at this slice of Berlin located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. The bar in the restaurant is medium sized with a large collection of German beer steins adorning the top shelf of the bar. There’s German hall wooden benches and tables in the front and back of the bar for seating, but the big draw here is the outside beer garden which feels like it’s an Oktoberfest even when it’s just the middle of May. German music is piped in, giant steins of imported beer are served and drank and you can even smoke in the garden of Berlin. Life is good back here.

The beer here is exclusively imported featuring such German brews as: Spaten, Koelsch Lager, Bitburger Pils and Hofbraeuhaus Lager Beer. They also have a full bar featuring German shots and a wine list. You can’t bill yourself as the “Wurst Restaurant in New York,” without having an extensive list of the German sausages and the menu includes these wurst treats: Applewurst,  Knockwurst, Wienerwurst, Bavarian Wurst and Berliner Currwurst. Some of the German dinner platters include: Berliner Beef Goulash, Sauerbraten With Spaetzle, Hoyerswerdaer Schnitzel and Kasseler Ribs.

Auf Wiedersehen and beifall!

Hallo Berlin

626 Tenth Ave. (Near 44th St.)
212-977-1944

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Reader Comments (16)

Ausgezeichnet herr Vombacher! Sere gut! Ich bein...ah nuts, my computer isn't set to handle German punctuation. You're making me homesick for my days stationed in Bavaria...and all the wonderful feeds I enjoyed there, not to mention the best beer on the planet, thanks to the age old German purity laws that the brewmeisters there adhere to as if they were holy writ!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Love the beer garden and that beer and pretzel make a tasty combo! Nice Saturday crawling!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Im glad you found a QUIET bar on a Saturday Night!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

"BIFF TOLD YOU SO!"

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

LOL @boris! cool beer garden, it's that time of year!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

The best part of that is the "music video". The couple swaying to the beat just sucked me in! Your posts make me wish I liked alcohol. But I do love brats so I think this bar would appeal to me. And the Berlin Wall feature is kinda cool.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

Aaaahhh Marty ! .... you got the 365 here before I could ! I was going to suggest this place
for October. Smoopy, Terry, and me were here last Sunday before we met up with you.
I like it - have visited several times. Something about drinking beer out of giant glass steins !
and ... any place with an outdoor area ... is always a good choice .......

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

with my budget i could deal with those shot prices KOC
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May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

I TOLD YOU SO!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

I TOLD YOU SO!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Oops! This is why I hate texting! Anyhoo, I'm glad you ended up having the Wurst time last night!

And also, I TOLD YOU SO!!!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

I'll never doubt you again, Bifferoonie!

May 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I HAVE to hit this place when I come to NYC (boy, the list is growing!)...anyplace that has an outdoor beer garden where you can smoke? Suck it indeed, Mayor Bloomie! :-)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

LOVED that bar and the pretzels and the beer look so very inviting. Yummy!!

The Beer Garden looked so fun.

Great spot Marty perfect for a Saturday evening.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

I hate it when a Deli is discreet about their Ass To Mouth services. Contrary to what my mother taught me growing up, Ass To Mouth porn does NOT lead to German scat videos.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSSH.

I (almost) agree with Jaws ! Best beer on this planet but after Belgian beer !!! :D
Very cool place, and again I CAN SMOKE HERE !!!!!!!!

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