Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic, and Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, were hosted recently by the owners of Hoboken’s Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, Andrej Ivanov and Ladi Sebestyan, who are Czechoslovakians by birth, now New Jersey residents. While in New York City to attend the United Nations 68th General Assembly, President Gasparovic and his entourage, which included Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the UN, Frantisek Ruzicka, and Peter Kmec, the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States, took the time to cross the Hudson and visit Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, at 1422 Grand Street. Pilsener Haus has just begun its annual Oktoberfest celebration, featuring beers of the season and a special menu by Chef Thomas Ferlesch. The President, Deputy Prime Minister Lajcak and their colleagues sat at one of the Biergarten’s massive communal tables and enjoyed the convivial Oktoberfest offerings. President Gasparovic stopped for a photo with Ivanov and Sebestyan on his way back to Manhattan.
After long days of meeting with world leaders, including President Obama, and working to make the world a better place, few things are more satisfying than a frosty mug of pilsener and a platter of schweinshaxen (roasted pork shank). Pilsener Haus owner Ladi Sebestyan states, “Pilsener Haus is in part a reflection of the biergartens we knew growing up in our home country, and it was a special honor to welcome President Gasparovic to the biergarten we’ve built here in New Jersey, especially during the height of our traditional celebration.”
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