Jersey City, NJ 07305
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Public Lot
June 16, 2011
You won’t find many biergartens in Jersey like Zeppelin Hall. Honestly, EthnicNJ has only found one German-style beer garden in the Garden State. (Know of others? Please share.)
Zeppelin Hall, next to the Hudson-Bergen Jersey Avenue light rail stop in Jersey City (four blocks from the Grove Street PATH), is a very large space,inside and out. Inside, there are two bars and many tables. Outside, there are picnic tables with umbrellas in a very spacious patio, with its own set of beer taps. On a Sunday afternoon, there were plenty of families with young kids enjoying the patio.
On tap, you’ll find plenty of fine American (Abita, Magic Hat, Ommegang), Belgian (Leffe, Palm), British (Boddington’s, Newcastle), Irish (Smithwick’s, Guinness) and German (Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Warsteiner) beers. Order a mug, a liter, or a pitcher. The Hofbräu Oktoberfest and Leine’s Sunset Wheat were excelllent when we visited with the hardy FreeWalkers recently. A liter mug of wheat beer on a hot summer day is just what the doctor ordered.
The German food on the menu is limited to soft pretzels, various specialty sausages served with kraut and fries, and a few “Bavarian Classics” (schnitzel, spaetzle and sauerbraten). The impressively large sausages (insert wiener reference) taste pretty good and go well with the beer.
Go for the beer, like most people, or for the German sausages, what’s the wurst that can happen?