2015 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY | Directions 1173540.755156 -73.414109
Monday - Thursday 11:30a.m. - 11:00p.m. Friday & Saturday 11:30a.m. - 1:00a.m. Sunday 11:00a.m. - 10:00p.m
Neighborhoods: Dix Hills, Long Island
I really enjoyed this place. Stopped in for happy hour and had a great time. The bar area was dark and very German looking with chalkboards that let you know what the current beers were. While we were there a fresh batch of oatmeal stout took the place of one of the other selections on the chalkboard. The service was quick and friendly with the bartender giving us a free taste of the super fresh oatmeal stout. That was pretty cool.
I found their prices to be reasonable. They have a limited selection of their in house brews, around 5 or 6. I sampled their Octoberfest, Schwarzbier, and Hefe. All quite good, the Schwarzbier was excellent. They do have growlers to go, which you can purchase at the front of the restuarant. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy German food.
Their menu is German focused but does have a good amount of American selections. During two visits we had tried the pork shank, plowsman platter, Octoberfest Feast, soft prezel with beer cheese and the bacon wrapped scallops. All were very good. Their braised pork shank and smoked pork chop were very very good, highly recommened. The portion size is fairly large so you don't need to order an appetizer.
The main reason why I like Black Forest is the beer. Even though they usually only have 5 or 6 taps going at a time I really do enjoy there German lagers
Overall, this was a cool place...far different than expected when you drive into the parking lot. Not a typical brewpub with 7-8 beers on tap...but what they have is quality. It is a great spot if you are into German atmosphere...and nice even if you are not. The food is good and not overly pricey.
Definately the kind of place you want to be at during Oktoberfest I had a wurst platter: the Plowman Platter...a pork brat, a veal brat and a delicious, grilled to perfection knockwurst. Their menu though contains a selection of burgers, sandwiches and other dinners...not just German fare. I think you can actually get some of the sandwiches on pretzel bread too, if you want.
Really friendly and nice people that like to drink beer and socialize. Wait staff was also very friendly.
I highly recommend going there and drinking some of Joe's outstanding beer. Lets not forget you can get a growler of your favorite beer to go. since I need over 500 characters, let me also add that during lunch the food service is about an average wait but the beers come out quickly.
Black forest usually only has about 5 of their own brews on tap but the quality far outweighs the quantity. I work up the road on 110 and going here for lunch and a glass of hefeweizen is a great break from the office or clients. The food menu is phenomenal and offers everything from the simple stuff offered at an applebees/ruby tuesdays/hoolihans type place alongside authentic german food
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