Alpine Dining in BrooklynAlpine in Brooklyn

The Wall Street Journal
August 27, 2013, 9:17 p.m. ET

Brooklyn Buschenschank opened its doors, and windows, in fall 2011, bringing to Carroll Gardens a beer and wine tavern that also feels like an outdoor beer garden. The 18 panels of 40-pound windows—open rain or shine—are installed and uninstalled every day.

The spacious restaurant is filled with rows of wooden tables and benches that encourage interaction with seated neighbors. Lunchtime at Buschenschank has a relaxed vibe, which makes it easy to while away the afternoon. The menu features drinks and food that would typically be found in Alpine regions of Germany, Italy and Austria, according to General Manager Dina Patton.
The prix fixe lunch of knackwurst (a pork sausage similar to a hot dog) served with fries and a red cabbage salad topped with lingonberry vinaigrette is one of the more popular items, according to Ms. Patton. The Adige pizza with truffles and mushrooms can be paired with one of the wines offered; they change seasonally.
The truffle chips are lighter than they sound and are a worthy side to any of the meals. For a snack, try the house-made pretzel with the side bier cheese or the Blistered Shishito Peppers, which are mildly spicy and better paired with a beer from one of the 16 taps.

—Tracy Armstead

Brooklyn Buschenschank, 320 Court St. at Sackett Street.; open Monday to Friday from noon to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; bar is open until 4 a.m. everyday; 718-237-0325.