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Hallo Berlin

54th Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY -
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/22/2014 5:57:00 AM
By the loosest use of the term, Hallo Berliin is a hot dog cart. And yet, no common hot dogs are sold from the rolling pushcart parked here at 54th Street and 5th Avenue. There are wieners, wursts, kielbasas, and meatballs, and it is possible to get them in a bun. But even Hallo Berlin's roll bears scant resemblance to the ordinary breadstuff in which street franks are customarily served. It is a good, crusty dinner roll with enough muscle to stay intact even when loaded with sausage, red cabbage, sautéed onion, and spicy mustard.

As for the tube steaks, they are a magnificent, firm-fleshed bunch. Choose from among knockwurst (beef or pork), alpenwurst (turkey and veal), weisswurst (veal), bauernwurst beef and pork), bratwurst (pork), and currywurst (beef). In addition, there are beef and pork Bavarian meatballs. All are bunable, but an even more interesting choice here is a German "soul food combo mix," which is a heavy paper plate heaped with two or three wursts of your choice, cut into fork-size discs, along fried potatoes, two kinds of cabbage, onions, and a roll.

Please note: Hallo Berlin is usually parked at 54th and 5th Monday, weekdays only from about 11:30am to 3pm. For actual restaurant dining, there are the Hallo Berlin Food, Wine, and Beer Hall at 626 10th Ave. (212-977-1944) and the Hallo Berlin-North Tavern at Exit One off I-81 in Conklin, NY. (607-775-4391)

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Here are just some of the sausages ready to be served at Hallo Berlin
"Here are just some of the sausages ready to be served at Hallo Berlin"
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The best brat this side of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
"The best brat this side of Sheboygan, Wisconsin."
Michael Stern


One of the best deals in NYC.
"One of the best deals in NYC."
Bill Homan


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"The "Freakin Deal" is a five-dollar daily special that includes two meatballs, a cut-up knockwurst, potato salad, and sweet sauteed onions, plus excellent hot horseradish and spicy mustard to dress the balls."
Michael Stern


Running this cart successfully since 1980.
"Running this cart successfully since 1980."
Bill Homan


So many options.
"So many options."
Bill Homan


To choose or not to choose, that is the question...
"To choose or not to choose, that is the question..."
Bill Homan


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"The "Worst" truly is the best."
Bill Homan


A typical midday wait here is about 20-30 minutes, but totally worth it.
"A typical midday wait here is about 20-30 minutes, but totally worth it."
Bill Homan



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