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Bar Review: Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten

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Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten
7 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212.253.7077


Noon-4am although their Biergarten closes much earlier – usually around 1am.

Best Time to Go: Early evenings

looleyLocated in a rather unusual section of the Lower East Side – a section that barely retains some of its old, ratty character, just before it turns into Chinatown, Loreley is one of the trendiest and most exorbitantly expensive joints you’ll step into for a beer. That same liter of your favorite beer that set you back $13 bucks at Studio Square in Queens will set you back at least $25 dollars. And as much as we all may love beer, during this continued economic crisis, such a steep price may actually – gasp! – have you reconsider spending so much for what you love so much. But unlike any other bars in the city, Loreley offers the most extensive German beer list around. If you’re a connoisseur of beer – especially German beer – coming here will be much like entering into Beer Heaven.

The crowd here is frustrating and a bit weird as it oscillates between somewhat trendy, somewhat preppy and mostly clueless. For the most part, it’s not terribly friendly so you shouldn’t expect to have a conversation with a random stranger or to actually pick up anyone – which is quite unusual for most places in the city. With that in mind, don’t come here alone – come with a group of friends or it won’t be very welcoming. Coming here on a Friday or Saturday night will be an extremely frustrating and disappointing experience that could have you wanting to walk out in disgust. In the few times I’ve stopped here, the place has been so crowded that movement back and forth is difficult. That is of course, in addition to the fact that at a certain point, you will find yourself standing near the bathroom or on top of another table of folks. Also because their beer garden is extremely tiny, you can’t bring a larger group of folks with you and half the time, there’s the sense that the waitresses are either rushing you out or shushing you because “you’re making too much noise” or they’re “worried about the upstairs neighbors complaining about the noise.” In many ways, this is what has become so wrong with the Lower East Side. With that in mind, come early and leave early.

They offer an amazing variety of German beers from the Munich and Cologne regions with a few others. On tap they have Gaffel Kolsch, Spaten Maibock, Erdinger Dark Wheat, Hofbrau Maibock, Kostrizer Schwartz Bier, Radeberger Pilsener, Einbecker Ur Bock, Jevener Pilsener Weishenstephaner Hefeweizen, Fransikaner Hefeweizen, and Reissdorf Kolschy. They offer Augustiner Edelstoff, Augustiner Maximator, Schneider Aventinus Weizen Doppelbock, Schneider Aventinus Weizen Eisbock, Scheider Weisse, Reisdorf Kolsch, Woodchuck Apple Cider, Clausthaler Alkoholfrei and Erdinger Hefeweizen Alkoholfrei by the bottle.

Pros: Amazing German Beer List, Outdoor Garden, several different payment options

Cons: Wait Staff, Small Beer Garden, Small Space, Cost

Rating: 2.5 out of 5