Rattlesnake Sausage on Menu at Astoria Beer Hall
ASTORIA — Things are getting wild in the world of Astoria beer halls.
The neighborhood's popular, century-old Bohemian Hall Beer Garden now has a German competitor that says it plans to serve an exotic array of sausages including rattlesnake and alligator.
Max Bratwurst und Bier, which opened at 47-02 30th Ave. about a week ago, says it's offering something that the owners say has been missing in Astoria — authentic German food and beer.
"There is nothing like this in the neighborhood," said Renny Fusha, one of the owners. "Most of the beer garden type places are very Americanized. We have a lot of ethnic flavor."
Among the delicacies that will be on the menu starting next week are wursts made from rabbit, rattlesnake and alligator. The bar's opening was first reported in Gothamist.
“We had them in one restaurant in L.A. and we just loved them,” said Fjori Ndreu, one of the owners. “We want our customers to say: 'Wow, I ate a wurst made with alligator.'"
Fusha and Ndreu, who are both Albanian, opened the eatery at 47-02 30th Ave., with a third pal, Thomas Klein, who is German.
After their place Currywurst Bros. on Bleecker Street in Manhattan closed, they decided to open a new one in Astoria.
Max Bratwurst does not have an actual garden, but the restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows open wide, allowing customers to feel a breath of fresh air.
The menu is all German: from schnitzels with bratkartoffels and sauerkraut, to German burgers on a pretzel bun and to German-style chicken wings.
Among the variety of tap and bottle German beers are Spaten Oktoberfest, Gaffel Koelsch, Radeberger Pilsener, HB Dunkel, Erdinger Hefeweizen and Schneider Weisse.
Most sell for between $4 and $8 a glass.