Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban

edi and the wolf nyc

Happy Oktoberfest! From September 22nd to October 7th, Munich, Bavaria Germany plays host to Europeans and thirsty Americans alike. This year will be the 179th birthday for the world-famous festival, and we couldn’t help but sit down with two New York chefs – Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban (also known as “Edi and Wolfi”), the charming Austrian chefs behind Lower East Side favorite Edi and The Wolf and uptown mainstay Seasonal – for their recommendations on where to go while celebrating the event. Whether it’s leading you to your first pint of pilsner, or simply where to get the best schnitzel and sausage, this guide from these two Eastern European ambassadors is a must for all you festival attendees. So eat, drink, be merry and please…try to get home safely.

Edi’s recommendations:

Bergwolf: Best Currywurst Place. Its in Gärtnerplatz, the hipster part of town. Super good; they have lots of different homemade curry sauces to choose from and thick cut crispy fries. Frauenhoferstr 17, 80469, Munich

Steinheil: Best schnitzel. It’s in the Maxvorstadt area (the student part of town) and has huge schnitzels for cheap – like seriously the size of your plate. It’s always a packed, bustling atmosphere. Good beer, good fries, and delicious enormous salads. So good. Steinheilstrasse 16, 80333 Munich

Hirschgarten: Beergarden. This is a big outdoor classic style beer garten in the middle of a park. It’s very typical – liter beers, pretzels, fish roasted on sticks, whole chickens, sausages, sauerkraut…you name it. Hirschgarten 1, Munich 80639

Barra 47: Good bar where the young locals like to hang. Good atmosphere; cheap but hip.

Kloster Andechs: This is a brewery a little outside of Munich in Herrsching, but well worth the trek. It’s on top of a hill overlooking the valley and it’s a monestary where monks have been brewing beer since the 1400s. And they have super good sweinhaxe (deep fried pigs knees) and an overall awesome atmosphere. It’s also great to check out the beautiful Baroque church in Andechs. Berg Strasse 2, Andechs 82346