How can a sausage shop and be delightful? When you visit Gene's, you'll understand. Bustling place on a Friday afternoon. The lower floor is a fantastic deli and the wares are multicultural but predominantly german/bavarian like Westphalian and black forest ham, smoked pork, potato sausage, head cheese, german cheeses, liver sausage and on and on. Can ask for a sample if you're not sure about what you're buying. Staff very informative.
Top floor is a roof patio with tables and umbrellas. You can order large pretzels, sausage and several other foods at the order counter, get a drink (beer, soda, etc) and grab a seat while they cook your food for you on the outdoor grill. They'll call your number when your food is ready. Not a real big place and sometimes there may be a wait in line but it's worth it. We were there on a really warm day and were lucky enough to get under an umbrella for shade.
Can't bring food you've bought at the deli to the roof area (in case you thought a picnic would be nice).
Good time and great walk around Lincoln Square.
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