Let’s Do It Ridgewood Style, Baby: Gottscheer Hall Tap Room and Lounge
Gottscheer Hall, Gottscheer Hall… What to say about Gottscheer Hall? For starters, this event space and bar has been open since 1924, they have all the pictures of the Gottscheer queens from 1924 to 2012 on the wall where you enter (which are very amusing pictures – just saying), you can meet mad Queens-timey old men at the bar, who will say things like: “Cappuccino? Whad is dat, sum kinda Jewish thang?” and “Bak in da seventies Ridgewood wuz for da whites, Bushwich da spics, and Bed-Stuy da coloreds. If any o’ us cross da border we’d git our asses beat!” No joke, I’ve heard these statements here… Every other guy who frequents this bar is like Archie Bunker.
Besides the bigotry, this spot has $1.50 draft beers and $5 -$8 liquors. The bartenders are friendly – no matter your creed or color – and the regulars are either standoffish or talkative to the younger crowd, depending… The food is also very cheap (ex: bratwurst and sauerkraut with a side of rye for $5). Seriously, I don’t think you can find cheaper deals in the New York metropolitan area.
But honestly, Ridgewood is blowing-up fast, and when Silent Barn went under they had a party here. For those of you who haven’t noticed the changes in NYC demographics over the past few years, here it is: Bed-Stuy is the quickest gentrifying neighborhood in New York’s history, Bushwich is the new Williamsburg, and Ridgewood is the new Greenpoint. So, despite if what I’ve said has rubbed you the wrong way, Gottscheer Hall is a place to check out, drink, eat, and have a good time at. I suggest going to Gottscheer Hall if you want incredibly cheap drinks and food, want to get a taste of old New York caricatures, or if you want to take a date to some off-beat place in Queens to show them you’re cultured. Do it!
657 Fairview Ave.
Between Gates Ave. and Linden St. [Ridgewood]
Queens, NY 11385