On the southernmost point of Staten Island and all of New York State for that matter, Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn is a quick trip to the old country without buying plane tickets. And summer is the perfect time to make the trek not only for their heaping Bavarian platters of knockwurst, weisswurst, and bratwurst sided with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and sweet stewed purple cabbage but most importantly, their outdoor beer garden, once-a-month Sunday pig roasts, and 9 thoroughly German beers on tap!
Their biergarten, an open-air courtyard filled with picnic tables, bandshell, and octagonal gazebo bar, punctuated by a crackling wood burning fireplace rocks out Thursdays-Sundays with international oompah bands like The Happy Tones or Liz Wojtal and Next of Kin.
Inside, a large 20 seat “G” shaped polished mahogany bar from the 1800s complete with a wooden rail centers around a gigantically ornate carved dark wood backboard with sectioned mirrors, and large glass door cupboards with ancient brass hinges housing the liquor selection.
Generous portions of tangy sauerbraten, robust goulashes, schnitzels, and smoked pork chops are served with aplomb in the tin-ceiling dining room with creaky wooden floors, chandeliers hanging from the extremely high beer haus style ceilings, and walls plastered with stuffed moose heads and shelves filled with decorative steins.
By Bus From Ferry:- Take the S78 to Craig Avenue and call a cab for 4254 Arthur Kill Rd. (about 3 miles away)
By SIRT (train) From Ferry: Take the train to the very last stop at Tottenville. Again, call a cab for 4254 Arthur Kill Rd. (about 3 miles away)