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Holiday Bread: Traditional German Baumkuchen at Stork's Bakery

For New York's German community, the rarest holiday tree on the market this December isn't a plant but a cake. In Germany, baumkuchen, or "tree cake," is a Yuletide fixation ubiquitous in bakeries and holiday markets. It's made by coating a spit with layers of batter and baking them layer by layer in a special oven, and you can find it at Stork's Bakery in Whitestone. More

Market Tours: A Taste of Germany at Stammtisch Pork Store in Glendale, Queens

To many, the bucolic tree-lined neighborhood of Glendale, Queens is known as 'Little Germany,' although, as is want to happen in New York, it's changing. "You used to walk the streets here and everybody spoke German, old ladies scrubbing the stoops outside, that kind of stuff," Werner Lehner recounted one recent Friday morning outside Stammtisch Pork Store and Imports on Myrtle Avenue. If you're looking for that old German feel (and flavor), Stammtisch is where you'll find it. More

The Vegetarian Option: Hallo Berlin

Although you may not immediately think "vegetarian" when you think of German food, lots of vegetables are used as side dishes. True, sometimes the potato salad contains bacon, but at Hallo Berlin in Hell's Kitchen, they make sure that the vegetable sides are actually vegetarian. More

Good Bread: Stork's Bakery

Stork's Bakery is a vestige of a dispersed community. Queens was once home to a thriving German-American population dating back to the mid 19th century. But Stork's still stands, a tribute to the stubbornness of its owner, Anton Duke, who bought the business from the Stork family back in 1990. More

Good Bread: Landbrot

For the last quarter century or so, much of New York City has been a German bread desert. The only way to get a loaf of freshly made bauernbrot was to trek out to Central Queens, where neighborhoods like Ridgewood and Middle Village still cling to vestiges of German ethnic tradition. Luckily, however, tastes change, and that's where David Rothe and Volker Herrmann saw their opportunity. More

Leckerlee's Lebkuchen, the German Gingerbread Treat in a Festive Tin

What can I say, I'm a sucker for mildly hard-to-pronounce German sweets (see pfeffernüsse and zimtsterne), especially when they come in a holiday tin. Lebkuchen can be added to the aforementioned list. But if you don't have a sweet German grandma baking them for you (sadly, I don't) then it can be pretty absent from your life. Thankfully the NYC-based Leckerlee is making these traditional German gingerbread sweets, which originated in the Bavarian town of Nuremberg way back in the Middle Ages. More

Good Bread: Silver Bell Bakery

One of the Silver Bell Bakery's customers is so addicted that every week he drives 10 hours round-trip from Saratoga Springs just to get his bread. By the end of the summer, Silver Bell is going to move out to the suburbs, following its customer base. So get it while you can. More

The Brunch Dish: German-Style Pancake at Heartbreak Restaurant

The East Village brunch crowds may not have discovered Heartbreak Restaurant yet, but that's their loss. I'll be heading back soon for another plate of the German-style Pancake with Wild Mushroom Ragout ($14). It's more like a blintz than a pancake, quite delicate and tender. Each is stuffed with a creamy thyme-flecked mushroom sauce. While we would have preferred a stack of grilled asparagus alongside (two spears as a garnish seems miserly) the dish hit the spot; it was rich without being overly heavy, and the different mushrooms retained their shape and character. More

Bar Eats: Bierhaus

Lederhosen? Colossal steins of Hofbräu? Drunken renditions of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver? What could very well be Oktoberfest is actually the newly opened Bierhaus, an Alpine-inspired beer hall styled in the spirit of Germany's favorite holiday. More

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