The Heidelberg restaurant, on 2nd Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets, has been a surviving piece of old German Yorkville since 1936. But they're struggling.
First they endured the construction of Georgica, a massive, 20-story, cantilevered condo tower that went up next door in 2008.
But it's the Second Avenue Subway construction project that has been killing them ever since it plunked a giant god-knows-what in front of the restaurant, completely blocking it from view and plunging it into shadow. The subway construction has been decimating small businesses all along the Upper East Side.
"Business has been down 40% since the construction started," said a waiter. "If we didn't own the building, we'd be gone by now. People drive by and they can't see us. They call all the time and ask if we're closed. We just have to hold out a few more years. I hope we can make it."
A note comes with the bill that reads, "During these
difficult times with the Second Avenue Subway construction, economic
condition, and rising costs," Heidelberg would greatly appreciate if you
could help out by paying the bill or gratuity in cash.
Please help Heidelberg by visiting for lunch or dinner, preferably with cash in hand. Bring your friends. Go for birthdays and anniversaries. You'll find them hidden away behind a giant, ugly bunch of Second Avenue Subway paraphernalia.
Enjoy the wurst!