7 Rivington St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.721359 -73.992780
Sun-Tue, noon-1am; Wed, noon-2am; Thu, noon-3am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am
Neighborhoods: Bowery, Downtown, Lower East Side
Great fun, awesome beer selection, delcious food! – Had a wonderful time here again recently. We went twice; on a Tuesday, which was mellow and cozy and on a Friday night at 10 pm, which was loads of fun, very busy and typical German brew pub vibe.
I can't say anything bad about this place, great beer selection, well poured (I'm a stickler for good beer service), delicious food both times we went and good service, especially considering how busy it gets. Can't wait for the beer garden season to begin!
Great Service! – I am a stickler for service and the American girl serving us was great; prompt, pleasant (but not in the way) and always there to refill water glasses, bring new additions ordered after the initial one and knowledgeable about the food and beer-- picking beers to fit our tastes and suggesting new ones to stretch our understanding of beer.
Over all it made the a special night fun and interesting. Thanks for the great service.
DONT GO!!!!! – THIS WAS ONE THE WORST BARS/RESTAURANTS i HAVE EVER BEEN TO. THE STAFF WAS RUDE, THE SERVICE WAS AWEFUL, THE MANAGER CAME OVER AND TOLD US WE WERE BEING TOO LOUD. THIS IS A BEERGARDEN, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! THE FOOD WAS OK. WORST OF ALL WAS THAT THEY INCLUDED OUR TIP (PARTY OF 4) WHAT THE F@CK??? NEVER GO THERE, THERE ARE REAL BEER GARDENS IN QUEENS, BROOKLYN, AND THE UES
Lovely Times – A friend of mine from college recommended this place to me and I will be forever grateful. Finally a low-key, down to earth restaurant and beergarden with a casual athmosphere, friendly wait service and lest I forget: excellent German chow and great German beers. (12 on tap, more in bottles). Having lived in New York City for 22 years I appreciate the recent proliferation of casual German style beer places and Loreley and Zum Schneider are the pioneers here. If you want the real crazy beergarden vibe a la Oktoberfest, go on the weekends, if you are more into having a conversation during dinner, shoot for the earlier part of the week. I appreciate the middle and Northern areas of Germany more and therefore appreciate the sparse design of Loreley. (I don't miss Lederhosen, Coockoo clocks and Bavarian yodelling at all). This place is modelled after brew pubs of the City of Cologne on the Rhine river. Overall a lovely experience among my favorite in New York.
Throw out the rules, the management. Keep the staff (some of them) and you *might* have a good time. – I felt like Othello. Upon arrival we were told if we knew the 3 more people inside trying to sit next to us, it was no good. But if they were total strangers, then that was fine. Outrageous. Some of the staff were awesome about it. Some acted like they were doing us a favor. After inquiring, they said "management" would scream at them and that the neighbors would take issue with the volume. Then don't have a beer garden if you oppose merriment. I wouldn't go here if they gave the beer away for free. The food is inedible as well.
Rude Service Ruins What Should Be A Favorite Spot – The Good: HUGE beer mugs and a shaded outdoor eating/drinking area, picnic tables and large indoor benched seating- plenty of space for a big group, would/should be the perfect place for a party...which leads me to....The Bad: The entire staff at Loreley establishes right off the bat that THEY are doing YOU the "service"- and not in a charming German/New York way. It's hard to explain in words with it not coming off as an exaggeration- but rude service is an understatement. It might be fine if you want to grab a drink with a couple of friends (but no more than 5- because they won't let you sit together...literally- we got there at 2pm, there were 5 open tables in the garden, and the staff blocked 3 friends from even coming outdoors because we knew each other...it sounds crazy, because it is- these were sober adults made to sit indoors and wait for us, who at that point we were sober too. I made a reservation for 20 a week in advance and asked for the "party corner", which is advertised on their website...but, I was told that I couldn't have it because it was for parties of 25 people or more (the day of the party it remained empty for the 8 hours we were there). And compared to everything else, this is almost not worth mentioning, but I had to put a $200 deposit down to reserve an indoor table for 20- which I've never heard of paying for a reservation before, so... that should have been a sign...The Ugly: Our party ended up having a god time, but I'd emphasize that this was IN SPITE of the atmosphere that the staff at Loreley creates. In a city like New York, if your looking for a good time, you can definitely do better...from my experience and the others that I've read, it makes me wonder how this place remains in business. The consensus from our group (which was well over 40 by the end of the night) was that no one would ever return. It's a shame and it makes you wonder, why a place that's SO uptight would bother to have a "biergarten". You can do better.
dumb, dumb, dumb rules – I have never found it harder to get drunk, than I have at Loreley's. The staff (through "management's rules") enforces more rules than even Mayor Bloomberg could think up... No large parties in the garden. Well, explain to me the difference between 2 groups of 8, and 1 group of 16? Somehow this matter;s to Loreley's
It is a simple formula - Big Beer glasses + big groups of people = good times. Somehow Lorely's manages to mess this up with absurd rules and nonsensical enforcement of them. There are rules I haven't seen elsewhere, which makes me wonder why they are here..
The sad part is that I could have had a long fun relationship with this bar. Instead, I must continue my hunt for a good beer garden.
Great Place to Watch EURO 2008 – Just found out that Loreley is showing all the EURO 2008 Soccer games live! I love this place, have been there many times and enjoy the friendly service, great German Biergarten feel and delicious food. Food service is excellent, very fast and the food is always freshly prepared. They must be turning food like crazy judging from how busy this place is!
I can't wait to watch some exciting "Fussball" Games there with plenty of cool brews to go with them...
Brats and Beers – I'm part of a weekly Wednesday drinking group of 30 or so regulars who love to drink, geek out, talk and eat after work. We check out a different bar each week. We've been kicking around the city for 12 years. In that time we've visited several hundred bars (with repeats of faves). Loreley is a lot of fun. The German beer selection is great. They serve beer in half-gallon mugs. After a third mug, I can't see straight. They have other sizes to choose from, but the uber-sized mugs are the way to go if you're on a budget. The German grub is decent, although better German fare can be found elsewhere. They have a backyard patio, which I imagine is fun in the warmer months. We've been here a couple of times in the colder months. The next time, I'd like to check it out when the temps don't require earmuffs.
Beer drinkers rejoice at this simple Bavarian brewhouse on the Bowery. – The Scene
Those who appreciate beer and Wiener schnitzel flock to this no-frills beer garden with a focus on the brew, not the bling. The bar, modeled after brewhouses in Cologne, keeps things simple, from the slightly shifty looking darkened bar in front to the no-frills pine tables and chairs in back. The crowd is young, hip and amicable.
None of the area's hype and attitude plague this low-key joint. In warm weather, patrons take their smoking and drinking seriously in the outdoor garden with its six large picnic tables. Beer beginners should try the Erdinger Weissbier Hefeweisen or Hofbrau Edel Helles, both light champagne-like brews; or the Gaffel Koelsch, the bar's special ultra-fermented formula. Hearty, unpronounceable edible fare includes jagerschnitzel, kaesespatzle and of course, Wiener schnitzel.
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