One hears a lot about Yorkville's Germanic past, but it's hard to picture these days when all you've got to go on is the Heidelberg Restaurant and Schaller & Weber.
So I took an interest this weekend, when, at an antique store, I stumbled across a postcard for something call the Bavarian Inn, which used to stand at 232 E. 86th Street, the one-time main drag of German Yorkville. Looks cozy. The back of the card reads "Come in & stay with us a while. Eat and drink the German Style." They served broiled steaks and hamburgers and had an oyster and clam bar. Heck of an impressive bar, with plenty of stools and a scenic mural.
It opened in 1943, during wartime, and shut up for good in 1983. Dei Lorelei, another very popular German restaurant of the time, was right next door, and Karl Ehmer, a renowed German butcher, was on the other side. What a line-up!
There's a Barnes & Noble there now, and no trace of the original buildings that house the Inn, Lorelei or Elmer.