What to Eat at Wechsler's, Now Serving Currywurst in the East Village

While scouting out the bar that’s coming to the Mo Pitkins space (EV Grieve reports that it opened its doors, but they were closed again last night), we stumbled upon another newcomer, Wechsler’s. German finance worker turned tavern keeper Andre Wechsler (whose family crest and photographs adorn the walls) opened this one in the narrow Casalinga space two weeks ago. The house dish, served till closing (1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends) is the paper basket of currywurst, a sliced pork-and-veal sausage smothered in homemade tomato curry sauce and dusted with curry powder. Unless you order it spicy, you may be disappointed that the Deutschland staple tastes a bit like, well, a hot dog smothered in ketchup — in which case, opt instead for the $6 wursts, which are grilled behind the bar and served, with spicy ketchup and mustard, on a paper plate that doubles as a gripping device (in authentic fashion, you’re also encouraged to use plastic mini-forks). Sauerkraut and grunkohl (a German kale prepared with bacon and potatoes) were also recently added as specials. The beer list (which follows, along with the food menu) is limited at the moment, but the drinking songs — a mix of German Johnny Cash covers and power ballads as well as American punk — are plenty diverse.

Sausages - $6
Currywurst w/fries - $6 sm, $10 lg
Bratwurst and roll
Wild boar
Chicken w/apricot
Turkey w/cranberry

Draft Beer $5-$6
Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weiss
Reissdorf Kolsch ($3, sm.)

Wechsler’s Currywurst & Bratwurst, 120 First Ave., nr. 7th St.; no phone

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