Almost all the German cafes, restaurants, and beer halls in Yorkville are closed. Cafe Geiger. Rheinland Restaurant. Bavarian Inn and Bar. Cafe Hindenberg. Foresters Restaurant. Maxl’s. Bremen House. Cafe Wieneke. Once thriving businesses, now a memory.
But one German restaurant perseveres — Heidelberg Restaurant. It’s been in the same location for more than a century: 1648 2nd Avenue at 85th Street.
It’s been a little over a year since the Second Avenue subway opened. Since then, countless New Yorkers have christened the new line, maneuvering the morning rush with commuter efficiency and finally settling, chins pointed at their iPhones, into a triumphant sense that yes, there’s a new subway, and yes, my New York moment feels better.