Neighborhood: Yorkville
Address1648 2nd Ave.
Why you should go: The wait staff (most of whom look like they've worked there since the place opened) wears liederhosen. And, of course, there's the two liter "Beer in a Boot"—boot-shaped glass, that is.

During the Great Depression, Yorkville (as the East 80s east of Lex is sometimes known) was predominantly German, and by German, we mean German—the American wing of the Nazi Party was known to hold rallies on 86th St. In addition to a lot of scary folks, the neighborhood also had a lot of German restaurants. The sole survivor is the Heidelberg, which opened in 1936. The fare isn't so lousy that it should be prosecuted for food crimes, but schnitzel-n-sauerkraut fans can do a lot better.