Restaurants , Austrian Lower East Side
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Loreley (Time Out, Gabriela Herman)
Time Out, Gabriela Herman
Loreley (Time Out, Gabriela Herman)
Time Out, Gabriela Herman
Loreley (Time Out, Gabriela Herman)
Time Out, Gabriela Herman
Loreley (Time Out, Gabriela Herman)
Time Out, Gabriela Herman
Loreley (David Rosenzweig, Photograph: David Rosenzweig)
David Rosenzweig, Photograph: David Rosenzweig
Loreley defies cultural stereotyping: It’s a German beer garden and it’s remarkably inefficient. A small back patio with too-close canopied picnic tables was only occasionally visited by the staff. Granted, the beer selection is extensive; Dortmunder and Spaten Mai Bock were tasty, and a good thing, too, because the wait for food was about as long as Wagner’s complete Ring cycle. Perhaps the spotty service will improve in time, but the food needs more attention as well. When the jägerschnitzel and sausage platter arrived, the schnitzel had been pounded so thin that the breading seemed like the main event. Other wurst dishes were unremarkable; apfelstrudel was Pop Tart-ish. And the place was packed. Go figure.
Venue name: Loreley
Address: 7 Rivington St
New York
Cross street: between Bowery and Chrystie St
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Sun noon–1am; Wed noon–2am; Thu noon–3am; Fri, Sat noon–4am
Transport: Subway: J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V
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Came here on a Sunday afternoon to watch a Euro Cup game and i was Oh So pleasantly surprised! The place is huge, and it is PERFECT to watch games. TVs all over, including a huge projector in the patio area - no matter where you sit you will be able to watch and hear everything. It's very hard to find places in the city to watch soccer so this for me is amazing!

On to the food - really yummy German fare. We had the pretzel as an appetizer (a MIST - it's delicious) and I had the sausage platter as my entree, which came with mashed potatoes and beer sourkraut - SO GOOD. My sister got the pork schnitzel which also did not disappoint.

The beer selections is great - all German of course, with a few staples and a few rotating seasonal specials. For dessert we had the apple struddle which was sold on us HARD - i would skip it, nothing special.

Everything else though - super solid. Will be back for games for sure!


Communal tables are one of the greatest features a bar can have. They practically force you to talk to strangers and (GASP) potentially make new friends. Pair that with oversized German beers and servers who are seemingly fresh off the boat from Munich and you've got yourself a really cool spot. Lorely is definitely one of the more authentic "beirgarten" experiences you will find in this city, perfect for taking a big group and sitting out on the patio to enjoy each other's company. I like this place so much that I'm even willing to look past the fact that their TV's are perpetually fixated on European soccer matches.