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Black Forest Brooklyn

3.9
3.9
19 Reviews
$30 and under
German

Fort Greene residents Ayana & Tobias Holler grew up in small towns in the rural Black Forest region of southwestern Germany, but their path never crossed there. It was much later, when they had both moved to Brooklyn, that they met, and fell in love. As a tribute to their love, to their Black Forest roots and their Brooklyn home, they opened Black Forest Brooklyn in December 2013 – an authentic German Indoor Biergarten and Kaffeehaus, serving regional German specialties and 14 classic German beers on tap.

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Menu

Vorspeisen

Starters.

  • Brezel$4.00

    Warm German soft pretzel, shaved salt and mustard.

    • Riesenbrezel$9.00

      Giant warm German soft pretzel, shaved salt and mustard.

      • Champignons im Bierteig$7.00

        Beer-battered, fried champignon mushrooms and aioli.

        • Schupfnudeln Mit Sauerkraut$11.00

          Pan-fried, hand rolled potato dumplings, smoked slab bacon and sauerkraut.

          • Schupfnudeln mit Sauerkraut$11.00

            Pan-fried, hand rolled potato dumplings and sauerkraut.

            • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

              Seasoned with our homemade Jerk sauce based on Ayana's Jamaican grandma's recipe. Served with homemade blue cheese dip, carrots & celery sticks.

              • (6)$11.00
              • (12)$20.00
              • (24)$36.00

            Suppen & Salate

            Soups and salads. Salad Add-In: Grilled Bratwurst Sausage (Classic German pork sausage) $4; Smoked Salmon $4; Grilled Organic Chicken $4; Grilled Kasebratwurst (Spicy pork & beef with NY cheddar cheese inside) $4; Grilled Lange Rote Bratwurst (Pork, beef & veal sausage) $4.

            • Kartoffel Lauch Suppe$7.00

              Homemade potato leek soup.

              • Rote Beete Salat Mit Ziegenkäse$9.00

                Mixed greens, roasted beets, fresh goat cheese, sun-ripe grape tomatoes and citrus vinaigrette.

                • Grünkohl & Apfel Salat$9.00

                  Kale, apple, almonds and light citrus vinaigrette.

                  • Deutscher Salatteller$12.00

                    A German classic: mixed greens, assorted vegetable salads and vinaigrette.

                    Flammkuchen

                    Freshly made thin-crust flat bread baked to perfection in our stone oven.

                    • Flammkuchen Original$13.00

                      Sour cream, smoked slab bacon and caramelized onions.

                      • Flammkuchen Waldschrat$13.00

                        Sour cream, truffled wild mushrooms and caramelized onions.

                        • Flammkuchen Bauernmädchen$13.00

                          Sour cream, shredded spicy citrus kale, roasted pumpkin, cauliflower and toasted almonds.

                          Wurst

                          Our sausages are freshly made by our NYC-based German butcher using only organic, grass-fed meats.

                          • Wurstkorb$10.00

                            With shoe string fries and sauerkraut.. Substitute fries with side salad for an extra charge.

                            • Bratwurst$10.00

                              Classic German pork sausage with shoe string fries. Substitute fries with side salad for an extra charge.

                              • Käsebratwurst$10.00

                                Spicy pork and beef sausage with NY cheddar cheese inside with shoe string fries. Substitute fries with side salad for an extra charge.

                                • Geflügelbratwurst$10.00

                                  Hardwood smoked chicken sausage with shoe string fries. Substitute fries with side salad for an extra charge.

                                  • Lange Rote Bratwurst$10.00

                                    Pork, beef and veal sausage with shoe string fries. Substitute fries with side salad for an extra charge.

                                    • Weisswurst$11.00

                                      2 Bavarian veal and pork sausages, warm German soft pretzel and sweet Bavarian mustard.

                                      • Nürnberger$16.00

                                        5 Small grilled Nürnberger pork sausages, apple and wine brined sauerkraut, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and house salad.

                                        • Wurstplatte$28.00

                                          Choice of 4 sausage, string fries, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and spicy citrus kale.

                                          Hauptspeisen

                                          Main Dishes.

                                          • Schnitzel, Pommes & Salat$18.00

                                            Your choice of breaded pork tenderloin or organic chicken breast cutlet, shoe string fries, house salad, lemon and ketchup.

                                            • Jägerschnitzel mit Spätzle$22.00

                                              Breaded veal cutlet, wild mushroom gravy, homemade German egg noodles and house salad.

                                              • Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus$9.00

                                                Homemade potato latkes, apple sauce and house salad.

                                                • Rindergulasch mit Spätzle$18.00

                                                  Braised beef goulash, homemade German egg noodles and house salad.

                                                  • Kässpätzle$14.00

                                                    Homemade German egg noodles, shredded Emmentaler cheese, fresh nutmeg, sauteed onions and house salad. Add smoked slab bacon for an extra charge.

                                                    • The Black Forest Burger$14.00

                                                      The Black Forest meets Brooklyn: beef burger, caramelized onions, Black Forest ham,, emmentaler Swiss cheese on a brioche bun.

                                                      Sides

                                                      • Shoe String Fries$6.00

                                                        • Mashed Potatoes$6.00

                                                          • Potato Salad$6.00

                                                            • Spicy Citrus Kale$6.00

                                                              • Sauerkraut$6.00

                                                                • Steamed Vegetables$6.00

                                                                  Cauliflower, carrots and kale.

                                                                  • Homemade Spätzle$6.00

                                                                    • Apple Sauce$0.50

                                                                      • Extra Roll$1.00

                                                                        • Side Salad$6.00

                                                                          Kuchen

                                                                          All our cakes are based on our family recipes and freshly baked in house.

                                                                          • Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte$8.00

                                                                            The real Black Forest cherry gateau: chocolate cake layers sprinkled with Kirschwasser cherry brandy, whipped cream, sour cherries and chocolate shavings.

                                                                            • Warmer Apfelkuchen Mit Sahne$6.00

                                                                              Warm apple crumb cake served with fresh whipped cream.

                                                                              • Schokoladenkuchen$7.00

                                                                                Flour less chocolate cake.

                                                                                Getranke

                                                                                Non-alcoholic drinks.

                                                                                  Kaffee

                                                                                  We are proud to serve you the finest fair-trade certified beans roasted locally in Dumbo by the Brooklyn Roasting Company.

                                                                                  • Espresso$2.50

                                                                                    • Americano$3.00

                                                                                      • Cortado$3.50

                                                                                        • Latte$4.00

                                                                                          • Mocha$4.50

                                                                                            • Cappuccino$3.50

                                                                                              • Drip$2.50

                                                                                                • Macchiato$2.50

                                                                                                  Tea

                                                                                                  • Serendipitea Organic Loose Leaf Tea$3.00

                                                                                                    Assorted.

                                                                                                    Bottled Beverages

                                                                                                    • Soda (2 Liter Bottle)$5.00

                                                                                                      Biere (Draft Beer)

                                                                                                      Yes, We deliver our fresh German draft beer in choice of 32 oz. or 64 oz. growlers. Must be 21 years old or older. When placing a beer order email a photo of your ID to orders@blackforestbrooklyn.com and show the ID to our delivery person.

                                                                                                      • BFB Hausmarke IPA

                                                                                                        Brooklyn craft beer with a German twist, brewed exclusively for us. Combines classic American hops with German polaris hops to coat the tongue with dark, piney and woody flavors that remind us of Autumn walks through the Black Forest. Fermented with German yeast, sturdy malt backbone. 6.8% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$26.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$51.00
                                                                                                      • Hofbräu Original

                                                                                                        Golden, full-bodied. offering a truly fine hops aroma, Hofbräu Original is a superbly well-balanced Bavarian lager. 5.1% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Hofbräu Dunkel

                                                                                                        The archelypal Bavarian beer, lagers were brewed long before their golden counterparts. Mild spicy notes and an excellent bready character, a fantastic session beer. 51% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Hofbräu Seasonal

                                                                                                        Our current selection of Hofbräu's seasonal offerings.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Radeberger Pilsner

                                                                                                        A well-balanced German-style Pilsner with a delightful freshness and a pleasingly intensive hop note. Brewed with the finest barley malt, choicest hops and softest water. 4.8% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$13.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$25.00
                                                                                                      • Jever Pilsner

                                                                                                        The secret of Jever's unique taste lies in pure and soft brewing water, allowing the brewmaster to add a hint more hops, which is how the bitter Frisian character is achieved. 4.9% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$13.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$25.00
                                                                                                      • Rothaus Tannenzäpfle

                                                                                                        We proud be the first restaurant to serve this legendary Black Forest pilsner in North America. The only unpasteurized German beer available in the US, this is as fresh as it gets; cystal-clear Black Forest spring water, selected fine malts and superior aroma hops from Hallertau and Tettnang, cold fermented and slow brewed to perfection. 5.3% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$25.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$49.00
                                                                                                      • Riegele Kellerbier

                                                                                                        Literally "cellar beer", Riegele is an unfiltered lager, strongly flavored with aromatic hops. 50% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Gaffel Kölsch

                                                                                                        A specialty beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. Clear with a bright, straw-yellow hue, prominent happiness. 4.8% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$13.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$25.00
                                                                                                      • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

                                                                                                        Hefeweizen and grapefruit beer shandy. 2.5% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$13.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$25.00
                                                                                                      • Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier

                                                                                                        A golden-yellow wheat beer with notes of clove and a refreshing banana flavor. Full-bodied with a smooth yeast taste from the oldest active brewery on the planet. 5.4% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Weihenstephan Kristallweizen

                                                                                                        Weihenstephan Crystal is a filtered pale Hefeweizen. It pours "crystal"-clear rather than yeast-turbid. It is spritzy-effervescent, refreshing and appealing to the eye. 5.4% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Köstritzer Schwarzbier

                                                                                                        Schwarzbier means "black beer" in German. A medium-bodied, malt-accented dark brew, very opaque and deep-sepia in color, with a chewy texture and a firm, creamy, long-lasting head. 4.8% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$15.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$29.00
                                                                                                      • Schneider Aventinus

                                                                                                        A strong, dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head, named in honor of Johannes Aventinus, a Bavarian historian. 8.2% ABV.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$19.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$38.00
                                                                                                      • Radler

                                                                                                        Popular German Biermischgetrank; pilsner and sprite beer shandy.

                                                                                                        • 32 oz$13.00
                                                                                                        • 64 oz$25.00
                                                                                                      • Clausthaler Alkoholfrei$7.00

                                                                                                        Premium non-alcoholic German pilsner.

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                                                                                                        What 19 people are saying

                                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                        3.9
                                                                                                        3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                        • 4.0Food
                                                                                                        • 3.7Service
                                                                                                        • 3.6Ambience
                                                                                                        • 3.7Value

                                                                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                                                                        78% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                                          Bdayeat

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on February 4, 2017

                                                                                                          overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                          This was the second time 'the system was down' so reservations made a week in advance didn't matter, however each time this has happened I lucked out and got a table for the number of people in my party. Maybe just stop taking reservations?

                                                                                                        2. JW

                                                                                                          JWLW

                                                                                                          Denver

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on December 29, 2016

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                          Great atmosphere and authentic German food! The family-style seating and rustic interior are inviting for a casual evening of great German food and beer. Friendly service and a reasonable price!

                                                                                                        3. d

                                                                                                          deniseb

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on December 9, 2016

                                                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                          Great food and service. Very noisy good for a crowd. We sat at family style table

                                                                                                        4. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on December 8, 2016

                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                          My server was Kevin E. was our server. He was very nice and I'm a server myself and given the chance he opened up for conversation which I love. I had the baileys hot chocolate, it wasn't as strong as I'd like it to be especially for ten dollars but it was still good. I also had the friend veal, it was delicious.

                                                                                                        5. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on December 3, 2016

                                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                          The food was excellent BUT the manager said they don't take reservations on weekends. I showed him my email from you. We were seated but he said he would contact you.

                                                                                                        6. G

                                                                                                          Gregory

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on November 22, 2016

                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                          The place wasn't bad. Pretty good food and atmosphere. I'll go there again.

                                                                                                        7. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          23 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          23 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on November 22, 2016

                                                                                                          overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                                                                          The food was delicious. The flatbreads were perfectly crispy and the toppings well composed. The goulash was also delicious and savory and full of flavor. The beer selection was deep. Enjoyed the laid back atmosphere but service was somewhat dismissive and not very friendly. It's a good local spot with a lot of options for a lot of people but service can be better

                                                                                                        8. O

                                                                                                          Otmar54

                                                                                                          London

                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on November 21, 2016

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Fantastic place. Really authentic Black Forest kitchen (we know what we are talking about...we grew up there). Some of the best German beers and wines available, all at reasonable prices.

                                                                                                        9. M

                                                                                                          Mugsy

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on October 25, 2016

                                                                                                          overall5food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                          Good food. Nice staff. Unfortunately an 85$ bottle of wine we ordered was corked but we did not want to send it back. Basically a great place for German cuisine and beer. Liquors and wines leave a bit to be desired.

                                                                                                        10. AK

                                                                                                          AsteriosK

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on September 11, 2016

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          What a great place. Fantastic service, and reasonable prices!

                                                                                                        11. n

                                                                                                          nyfoodie

                                                                                                          Northern MI

                                                                                                          42 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                                          42 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on June 15, 2016

                                                                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                          Place was packed - 2 servers were working and 1 runner - owners are to blame - people were getting up and leaving because food and drinks were taking so long to come out.

                                                                                                        12. KR

                                                                                                          KristinR

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on June 8, 2016

                                                                                                          overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                                                                          I have grown tired of the industrial atmosphere of so many restaurants due to the level of noise. How I wish for baffles! This little place has great beers but if you plan on having a conversation, eat/drink outside.

                                                                                                        13. j

                                                                                                          jimt

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 18, 2016

                                                                                                          overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                          Nice spot for a quick bite before performance at BAM or Mark Morris Dance Center. Very good German food in a rustic setting. Great beer selection.

                                                                                                        14. DK

                                                                                                          DavidK

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 27, 2016

                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Went out to dinner with some work friends, and had a good time. It was beer week so there was a special on these enormous steins. Good casual place for a get together.

                                                                                                        15. CN

                                                                                                          ChristieN

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 25, 2016

                                                                                                          overall2food4service1ambience4

                                                                                                          We came here before a concert at Barclay's to get a drink and quick bite to eat. After being cut in line, by 2 groups of people I finally had to find the host to ask if we could get a table since we made a reservation. The food and drinks were great, but the experience was totally ruined by the extremely poor and slow service. We waited 20 minutes for drinks and 2 of my friends eventually went to the bar to get us drinks. There were only 2 waitresses for several tables and they were clearly short staffed. When we finally drank and got the bill, the waitress brought over a computer tablet and watched to see what we would tip her. It was an awkward experience. This place has great potential and is in a great location but they need to hire more people!

                                                                                                        16. h

                                                                                                          hoons

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 20, 2016

                                                                                                          overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                          We went here with another couple at 6:25 for a light dinner before a 7:30 curtain at BAM, we heeded our waitresses suggestion that we only order appetizers, and waited almost a full hour for them. We finally paid the check in a panic at 7:20 because there was no time to waste, some of the food trickled out a few minutes later, we all got a few bites, and left, one appetizer (that we paid for) never made it to the table. The two men sitting next to us got their burgers so fast, we thought they had called ahead. When we left they noticed we hadn't eaten much and we told them to help themselves to the appetizer that was on its way, they were amazed they had gotten their burgers so fast because they had come in 20 minutes after us. The food looked great, too bad we paid for just admiring it but we can vouch for the pretzel, and two salads. All three were great when they finally got to the table.

                                                                                                        17. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2016

                                                                                                          overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                                                                          We made a reservation on Open Table. It was pretty packed when we got there, but they didn't ask for my name and sat us immediately at a shared table. This was fine with us being that we were trying to get to the Islanders game early. Unfortunately, it took over 20 minutes to get our waiter to come over - and this was after several attempts to get his attention and asking 3 different employees to have him come by. Our food came, it was okay, but certainly nothing to write home about. One of my friends and I both got the jagerschnitzel - they give you 2 cutlets, but only a tiny ramekin of the mushroom sauce. Our waiter never stopped by to see if we needed anything, but when he was in the vicinity we asked him to bring the check. After 15 minutes of trying to get his attention again, finally my wife walked up to him and gave him her credit card so we could get out of there. Thankfully we were able to get to our seats for the Islander game just before puck drop.

                                                                                                        18. Z

                                                                                                          Zucchini

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          13 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          13 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 14, 2016

                                                                                                          overall3food4service3ambience1

                                                                                                          The food is good. But it was served without bread and butter. We had a very nice salad as an appetizer that you absolutely need to have with bread or bread sticks. For a German restaurant it is impossible not to serve bread. Of course they are trying to save money. That leaves an unpleasant feeling that they are being cheap. But more serious even is the noise. It is brutal. The floors, walls, tables, and ceiling are all of hard surfaces that reflect the sound until you think you are in the inside of an airplane factory. I recommend a consultation with an acoustic specialist who can help them redesign the interior. Maybe a phased plan.

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                                                                                                          Adultnyc

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          14 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          14 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 1, 2016

                                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                          Very good and reasonably priced German food (much of it locally sourced) and beer. Wide selection of both. Like a Berlin or Munich beer hall with (at least on the Friday evening that we went) had loud music and a Brooklyn hipster crowd. Good service despite the hectic kitchen.

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