For many, the ultimate indication of the start of autumn is the reappearance of pumpkin spice lattes at the local Starbucks. But for others, it’s the beginning of Oktoberfest (held from September 21st to October 1st this year), a 16-day celebration of Bavarian culture as expressed through beer drinking, pretzel-eating, and dirndl-wearing oompah bands. And while we absolutely recommend devoting a day or two to trolling beirgartens, your festivities don’t need to be limited to ingesting exorbitant amounts of Hofbräu. Especially since there are plenty of great borough restaurants serving elegant, Oktoberfest-worthy fare. Guten appétit, and bitte leiten sie den senf (please pass the mustard).