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Oktoberfest kicks off at Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square

A German band plays at the Ompahfest, held

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Lederhosen alert.

The festivities for Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square start on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

In Munich, Oktoberfest begins the same day, with the first beer barrel tapped by the mayor midday.

At Plattduetsche, you'll find the house's brew. Kolsch beer is the golden, top-fermented local brew of Cologne. It's similar to a pale ale. Plattduetsche's brew is...

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Sunday brunches start at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

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A Sunday brunch buffet will be served on the last weekend of each month at The Beer Hall at the Plattduetsche Beer Garden starting June 29.

The price is $22.95 per person, plus tax and tip. Children 12 and under: $11.95. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost includes coffee, tea and juice. There will be one-and-one-half-liter boots of mimosas and Bloody Marys for $20. The regular...

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World Cup kick off at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

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It will be caipirinhas vs. brews at The Beer Hall at the Plattduetsche Biergarten when the FIFA World Cup 2014 matches begin on Thursday.

The Franklin Square restaurant will offer food platters and drinks inspired by the competing countries. The Beer Hall will be open for every game. The first pits host Brazil against Croatia at 4 p.m.

Expect a crowd on June 26, when it's the United...

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Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square getting exclusive brew

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

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They're having one "Hell" of a late spring at Plattduetsche Park.

That would be Krombacher Hell, a German brew that the Franklin Square restaurant and beer garden is highlighting. It's the only spot in North America to taste the easygoing, pilsner-style, blond beer aimed at an audience of drinkers in its 20s and 30s who may be just starting to enjoy beer.

"Hell" means light, as in bright,...

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Game on at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is a German restaurant and

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Beat winter at its own game. Or at least with game.

Plattduestche Beer Hall in Franklin Square will host a wild-game dinner on Feb. 27. The five-course meal costs $65. Reservations are required. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.

On the menu are duck pate with port; a sausage sampler including wild boar-cranberry and chipotle-seasoned buffalo; cream of mushroom soup with chanterelles; pan-seared...

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Local beer dinner at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is a German restaurant and

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

A six-course, local beer-pairing dinner will be hosted on Saturday by Plattduetsche Park Restaurant & Biergarten in Franklin Square. Admission is $70 per person. Reservations are required. Dinner starts at 8 p.m. The dinner includes hors d'oeuvres such as Bavarian pretzel sliders, Kobe beef burgers, and salt-and-pepper potato cakes; roasted loin of pork on the bone with pan sauce, horseradish-mashed...

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Oktoberfest dining and drinking

Sports fans and festival goers watch football inside

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Oktoberfest begins tomorrow in Munich. On Long Island, it's already here. Head to Pumpernickels in Northport and Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square for a taste of German cuisine, one that's not available at many restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk. At Pumpernickels, consider the herring, headcheese vinaigrette, pig's knuckle with sauerkraut, sauerbraten with potato dumplings, and the Bavarian...

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'Country night' at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is a German restaurant and

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

On Saturday night, the Plattduetsche Park Biergarten turns country-western with line dancing and Texas beef chili. The German-continental restaurant will offer dishes such as chili, spareribs  and hot dogs, plus slow-roasted pork shoulder,  to go with the music of The Grand Central band. The event is outdoors. There's no cover charge. Plattduetsche Park's popular beer garden is open every...

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Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square: New local brew on tap

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant has partnered with the Long Ireland Beer Company to offer a new local beer on tap starting next week. The hoppy, bright, kolsch-style beer will be available at Plattduetsche Park in half-liters and liters beginning April 4. Kolsch beer dates back to the 9th Century. The top-fermented, highly hopped beer is associated with Cologne, Germany. Many American craft brewers...

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