Neighborhood: Lower East Side, 7 Rivington Street
The scoop: Five of us came to Loreley on a Sunday at 1 p.m. for brunch. When we first arrived, the restaurant was pretty empty, and we sat in a comfortable spot in the back. I would recommend coming here with a large group or even a casual date as this place is pretty laid back and comfortable. Unfortunately, the waitress seemed distracted. Two of my friends ordered food and drinks, and as it was my turn to order, I asked for a drink and the waitress walked away before my friend and I were able to order our food. For being located in Manhattan, there is a pretty decent outside area with large communal tables where you can easily have a good time with a group of friends.
Schneider Weisse Original $8 / “The Queen of German Beers”, extraordinary Hefeweizen infused with numerous spices
I am a huge fan of wheat beers, so I had to try the “Queen of German Beers.” It had a nice, refreshing taste with a banana flavor twist.
Köstritzer Schwarzbier $7 / The most popular dark beer in Germany, surprisingly light and fresh
The description of the beer is pretty accurate. I normally associate dark beers with having a heavy, strong taste, however, I was pleasantly surprised with the light taste of this beer.
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Drei echte Laugenbretzeln mit Senf $7 / Three pretzels served oven-fresh with mustard
The pretzels were a hit at our table! They were tasty, soft and fresh, and we all enjoyed them. It was definitely a good item to start with before our meals.
Schinken-und Käseomelette $11 / Back Forest ham and Gouda cheese
The omelette had chunks of ham, however, the ham did not stand out because the cheese was way too overpowering. The potato pancakes reminded me of hashbrowns. Matt said it was a heart attack waiting to happen. Luckily the dish also comes with a fresh salad.
Schnitzelsandwich $10 / Wiener schnitzel on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise
Kathy and Akeela both enjoyed their sandwiches. The pork was lightly fried and tasty. Unfortunately, the fries were lifeless and did not taste like they were made from fresh potatoes.
Eier Benedikt $11 / German-style Eggs Benedict with sourdough toast, black forest ham, poached eggs and mustard hollandaise
Although I missed the English muffin, I enjoyed my German Eggs Benedict. The sourdough bread went well with the runny eggs, and the ham was very juicy. The side salad was fresh, and the dressing was very tasty.
The final bite: Extensive German beer list… check. Large food portions… check. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere to have a good time with friends, Loreley is a must visit in the LES.
Reviewed by: Victoria