“I had an opportunity here, came, and decided we wanted to do it,” said Josh Margolis, who was on the this side of the country to oversee the opening of the Brooklyn shop. “Why out here [in Williamsburg] of all places on the East Coast did we do it? Well this neighborhood seemed similar to the areas we are in, in San Francisco.”
Even if they haven’t hit the hipster quota yet, neighborhood diners will surely find a lot to like here The menu is chockfull of tasty sausage that pretty much anyone can get behind- vegans included. They actually have a vegan sausage in three flavors: apple sage with smoked potato and ginger, Italian with red wine, garlic, and fennel, and kielbasa, which is just the veggie version of the German classic. Naturally the sausages are dairy free for lactose intolerant folk, and for those who can’t eat gluten, you can forgo their famous sausage roll and instead get your links paired with vegetarian baked beans and a light salad (just make sure to hold the walnuts if you’re allergic).
Now that we have all the dietary issues underway, let’s get back to the meat. At Rosamunde all the sausages are made special for both shops in California and this new one in New York. Their signature link is the beer sausage, a smoked, spicy beef and pork combo made with suds, which the San Francisco publication 7x7 rated as one of the top 100 things to try before you die. Overall, Rosamund carries about 20 different sausages, and many remain unique to the shop, for example the lamb with fennel and sun-dried tomato, wild boar with apples and cranberries, and duck and fig. The also carry a special line that was whipped up just for New York, including a luscious cheddar bratwurst, roasted garlic chicken, knockwurst, and an unbelievably juicy sweet-Italian-chicken sausage.
When ordering one of these links, you can get it two ways - either on a soft French roll, which comes with two toppings like beef chili, sauerkraut, grilled onions, or hot peppers or platter style. The second option comes with one or two sausages, which you can mix and match, German baked beans, and a green salad. All of this can be paired with their extensive tap list, which includes labels like Green Flash IPA, Laguintas Lil Sumpin’ Wild, and Southern Tier Harvest Ale. Rosamunde also makes their own sodas, and the rum and house made kola paired lovingly together - the mix was not too sweet and contained a dash of heat from the addition of jalapeño syrup.
Expect a do-it-yourself attitude towards cleaning tables and getting food. When you order they give you a number, which you have to watch diligently to pop up on a screen above the kitchen. Be careful not to get so tipsy that you miss your order. Hit up Rosamund this Saturday and down $1 pints of Racer IPA during their official opening party from 6 to 9 PM.
The Details: 285 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-2170