Oktoberfest is back and the German festivities are the perfect way to start cozying up to Fall as Summer officially retreats. Though sticky communal tables and cheap pints tend to mark the occasion in New York, ed
here are five of the restaurants and bars best suited for a classy and memorable Oktoberfest celebration.

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Heidelberg Restaurant | Traditional beer halls don’t get much better than Heidelberg Restaurant, an Upper East Side classic with all of the necessary beers and plates to ring in the festivities. Schnitzel, Wurst, and roasted meats reign supreme in this charming space. There’s even a special Oktoberfest menu, featuring traditional German soups, meat platters, and true German chocolate cake.

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Cafe Katja | Clinging to tradition isn’t everyone’s thing, so make a beeline to Cafe Katja if modernity and youth is more your style. Cafe Katja is also a nod to Austrian-specific fare and has plenty of authentic libations to add authenticity to the celebration. It’s the perfect brunch spot throughout the festivities, and also has a fresh, relaxed bar scene.

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Loreley

Loreley | Though Loreley rises to the occasion beautifully every Oktoberfest, the restaurant is less about kitschy decor with over-the-top costumes and more about authenticity, quality, and attention to detail. The Rivington Street biergarten has all of the entrees, small plates, and alcohol that you can possibly crave for Oktoberfest, all in an atmosphere that feels like home.

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Edi & The Wolf | Sometimes there’s nothing better than a hidden gem and the New York restaurant scene has plenty of them. Edi & the Wolf is a delightful spot for Oktoberfest and otherwise–the Austrian cuisine is showcased with warmth in a rustic, intimate setting. The 40-foot rope in the middle of the spaces adds a charming bit of quirk, and the rich tones throughout are perfect for a romantic Oktoberfest date.

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The Watermark | The kickoff parties for Oktoberfest took place last weekend, but the fun doesn’t have to end for some time yet. The Watermark bar and lounge has ongoing festivities for true Oktoberfest enthusiasts. With an enormous space, unforgettable Seaport views and a top-notch sound system, the party definitely starts here. Tickets are required for the Oktoberfest events, where you can get your fix of lederhosen, games and endless beer in a very classy space.

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– Naakai Addy