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Loreley - 27 Reviews - 7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 253-7077


7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 (at nr. Chrystie St.)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-7077
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Loreley - New York, NY
Loreley - New York, NY
Loreley - New York, NY
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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 Ger...



Great fun, awesome beer selection, delcious food! 3/15/2009

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! Pros: beer selection, fun vibe, great food more

Great Service! 8/31/2008

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. more

DONT GO!!!!! 8/25/2008


Lovely Times 8/18/2008

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. Pros: Great food, extensive beer selection, nice vibe, fun crowd more

Throw out the rules, the management. Keep the staff (some of them) and you *might* have a good time. 7/15/2008

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. Pros: good sized beers. For parties of 8 or less you might enjoy. Cons: Service, food, rules, management, attitude and the fact they advertise for parties. more

Rude Service Ruins What Should Be A Favorite Spot 7/13/2008

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 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. Pros: great mugs of beer, great space, should be fun novelty place Cons: shockingly rude service (which trumps any ""pro"")- you may have to see it to believe it more

dumb, dumb, dumb rules 7/13/2008

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 Pros: great beer selection Cons: the rules that ruin a good time more

Great Place to Watch EURO 2008 5/31/2008

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! Pros: Beautiful waitstaff, great athmosphere, best beer selection Cons: loud on weekends, try to go beginning of the week more

German place with a nice atmosphere and the... 4/19/2008

German place with a nice atmosphere and the requisite good beer selection. Food is solid. more

German place with a nice atmosphere and the... 4/19/2008

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German place with a nice atmosphere and the requisite good beer selection. Food is solid. more

Brats and Beers 3/5/2008

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. Pros: Indoor biergarten atmosphere Cons: Food could be better more

What do you expect? 8/30/2007

Cold and pretentious. What else would you expect from a German restaurant in New York? I've never experienced hospitality from the Germans - my father's family hails from Frankfurt and that side of the family is very impersonal. That's just the way they are. Add to the mix some self-absorbed hipsters and wannabe models and you can have a very uncomfortable experience. When I go to a German restaurant, I enjoy the beer and the food, which is what they do best. Sadly, because these are a novelty in Manhattan, the prices are a bit high. Pros: Beer selection, tasty German fast food Cons: Service, Atmosphere more

Feels like Germany! 8/3/2007

I went here with a random group of people on a Wednesday evening. The beers are amazing, and the food was good. We were all sitting around a big wooden table on benches having a blast. I have been here several times, and the clientel is always extremely friendly...a good place to meet some new beer-loving friends. The outdoor beer garden is a great place to hang out and have some good beers and german pretzels on a summer feel like you are out of nyc for a few hours! Pros: Atmosphere, outdoor area, beer, the french fries more

Loved it! 5/13/2007

I went here last Friday after work and had a great time! My boyfriend and I got there early (probably around 5ish), so we were able to snag a place outside in the beer garden. There really is nothing better than sitting outside on a nice day with a good beer. The outside is like a true beerhall, in which you might sit at a table with people you don't know. The tables are really big if you don't like that sort of thing, though. The food was great, too! The cheese platter was pretty big, although they could have been more generous with the bread. The potato pancakes were nice and crispy, and were served with lingonberry sauce in addition to the normal apple sauce. The service was surprisingly good (I say surprisingly because you tend to think of beerhalls as having bad service and the waiters were running around like chickens without heads). All of our orders came out right and we didn't have to wait too long for anything. At one point, the waiter took orders from like 10 people, didn't write anything down, and still managed to get everything right. Now that's skill! Definitely a great place to go...although I'd go early if you're in a big group. The tables can fill up fast (probably by like 6:30) on a nice day. Pros: Great beer, food, service and atmosphere Cons: Could use a few more tables more

Awesome place for brau 3/30/2007

Great place to sit back with a few friends and enjoy some German brau. Gotta love the charm and kitsch that go with a place like this. Vunderbar more

LOVE THIS PLACE!!! 1/31/2007

This place seemed like a basic german beer hall but the food was really excellent. Great house made liverwurst. The chicken paprikash blew me away, the spatzle was pan fried after it was made and really herby and yummy! The cucumber salad was served in ice cream dish it was swimming in sour cream... in a good way. Even the chees plate tasted good with a beer. There was a great selection of beer. GO! Pros: Friendly comfortable more

Minimally decorated sports bar 1/15/2007

We were told the wait is about 25 min, we thought it was ok for a Fri night as we didn't have a reservation. Grabbed a beer in the meantime, and watched people wait on the line for the bathroom in the bar area. 25 min came and gone, we asked the waiter how much longer was the wait, he said another 30 min. Not sure at this point whether he just completely forgot about us. Anyway, doubling the wait time is no deal. As the place is nothing but a minimally decorated sports bar. Without the outdoor space open it didn't have that much to offer. We left, went to a nearby French restaurant and had a delicious dinner(no wait). more

Decent bar, good beer 11/5/2006

Went here for a birthday party on Saturday. It was pretty good. The selection includes tall glasses of refreshing Bavarian beers at average Manhattan prices ($7 per). The place got a lot of business, but no so much that it felt incredibly crowded. The insides were a lot cleaner than a bunch of other bars that I've been to. There were a fair number of places to be seated, as well as a downstairs area that I never ventured to. I'd definitely come back here during the summer, when they open up the outdoor seating in the back. more

Long wait and got sick after 9/21/2006

Loreley looked nice. We waited a long time for the food and there weren't that many other people there, though the food did require extensive cooking. I had the sauerbraten, a fairly common dish, I would imagine. Six hours later I had some of the worst stomach sickness of my life. Seems like young kids are running this place. Probably left my meat out for hours, and that's how I got sick. Needless to say, will not be returning. Pros: nice atmosphere Cons: long wait, bad food more

Great Place 9/16/2006

Loreley on Rivington is a great neighbor bar that usually attracts an interesting crowd or crazy crowd if you were there for the world cup. Their service is great, always friendly staff. The kitchen serves rather typical German fare. I recommend their baked camembert with lingon sauce The biergarten is a cozy place to wash away your weekly woes. A major plus for any guests staying at the OFF SOHO HOTEL situated next door. Prices are moderate, come early stay late! Don't forget to leave Günter or Miri a nice tip! more
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  • 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...

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Tue, noon-1am; Wed, noon-2am; Thu, noon-3am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Bowery, Lower East Side, Downtown