After decades of working in the restaurant business in and around New York City, Emily Carvajal, Paulo Carvajal and Andreas Nowara moved north to Germantown. Living in a place with such a name, they often wondered why there were no German restaurants nearby. Born in Germany, Nowara saw an opportunity to bring modern German food to the area. After three years of recipe testing, Jaeger Haus in Tivoli opened last November.
“Haus-made” specialties include fresh-baked, German-style rye bread, sauerkraut fritters, Bavarian pretzels and, of course, spaetzle, schnitzel (with an eggplant version for vegans), fork-tender sauerbraten made with brisket that is slowly marinated and braised, and schweinhaxe pork shank, cured, cooked confit, then fried to crisp the skin before serving). Desserts include homemade linzer torte and a seasonal strudel. Diners can enjoy different areas in which to drink and eat—a cozy dining room divided by a black walnut bar, or a seasonal biergarten, perfect for enjoying a beer and pretzel outside in warmer weather.
“At Jaeger Haus, we treat our customers to a friendly and welcoming experience,” Emily Carvajal says. “It’s known in Germany as gemutlichkeit—a sense of warmth, belonging and good cheer.”
5084 Route 9G, Tivoli
(845) 757-1011; jaegerhaustivoli.com