The Gunk Haus has been on my hit list for a long time because a few of my friends go there regularly and tell me that the food is great. I was surprised to find a beautiful dining room in “country elegant” style that I love. (I was expecting German trinkets and flags on the walls similar to Hallo Berlin in Manhattan that I love). There were a few people by the bar, and we had the spacious dining room to ourselves when we arrived around 5:30 pm on Monday night. There were a few small parties sitting on the outdoor patio. We sat indoors.
Our server Rosie was very sweet. I was set on trying their pretzels which they are known for so I started with the pretzel and obatzda, a pretzel bread with traditional Bavarian cheese spread. It wasn’t really what I was expecting, but it was good. My husband Tom ordered the haus-made stuffed mushrooms, made with a haus-made bacon bourbon jam and topped with roasted brie. Luckily he shared! These may have been the most delicious stuffed mushrooms I have ever tasted. I could have eaten a full plate of these. For my entree, I ordered the vegetarian strudel, which was stuffed with pine nuts, artichokes, spinach, beans, and very hearty for a vegetarian dish. The salad it came with was well seasoned and fresh. Tom had the mixed grill--bratwurst, weisswurst, and smoked kielbasa, with garlic dill pickle, potato salad, and sauerkraut, which was served with two homemade mustards. We also ordered the two sides, sauteed greens, and brocoli rabe.
We didn’t have much room for dessert, but we couldn’t resist their house made cookies from their bakery. I had the Cowboy cookie, pumpkin seeds, oatmeal, flax, raisins, and other healthy stuff. Tom had the peanut butter cookie. They were over-sized and chunky. Coffee was from Monkey Joe’s in Kingston, which is always excellent. Rosie, who is a coffee snob, says that is her favorite.
It was a delicious date night. I’m so glad we finally went. I’m not a beer drinker, but Gunk Haus has a fine selection of beer, and has a beer special on Mondays. I’d recommend Gunk Haus if you are looking for good stick-to-your-ribs German food in the Hudson Valley, and a nice place to unwind with friends for lunch and dinner. It is very busy on weekends so better to make a reservation if you are visiting on the weekend. Gunk Haus, 387 South Street, Highland, NY (845) 883-0866