When many think of Harlem, they may not think about Bavarian beer and bratwurst. But on Sept. 22, 2013, that all changed when Harlem's very own Harlem Public celebrated its first, and hopefully what will be annual, Oktoberfest.
The first thing that people noticed when they came in was that it was not just another day at Harlem Public. As authentic German beer songs played, the first noticeable thing about this event was all the employees dressed in traditional German lederhosen. After sitting down, the bartender gave you the regular menu, but on top there was Oktoberfest meals on special for the day and German beers, such as Hofbrau.
The meal was wunderbar! The bratwurst had a nice texture and flavor, not like some that one would get in the grocery store on a given day. The warm German potato salad was the best so far outside of Germany. Too many times, non-Germans make it with too much of a vinegary taste. But the cooks at the Harlem Public got it right!
All in all, here’s hoping the Harlem Public has many more Oktoberfests. This bar is an asset to its neighborhood, and having events like this further enriches an already diverse area.