Loreley Beer Garden and Restaurant, Brooklyn Review
One doesn’t have to go to Germany to find a reasonably authentic Biergarten. In fact, in New York City, there’s a new Biergarten adjacent to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on the site of a former filling station.
Loreley, the Brooklyn outpost of a popular Manhattan Biergarten of the same name, is festooned with Radeberger umbrellas and communal pine tables and benches. While it doesn’t have shady chestnut trees, it does have one of the best selections of beer and typical Biergarten Schmankerl (delicacies) that one would expect to find in the heart of Munich. Including German-style bread (Brot), pretzels (Bretzeln), sausage (Wurst), cold cuts (Aufschnitt), and cheeses (Käse).
The Bier menu includes some of my favorites. Weißbier selections include Weihenstephan Hefeweißbier´and Schneider Weisse Original. In the Pilsners, they offer Radeberger Pilsner, Bitburger Pilsner, and Jever Pilsner. And direct from Munich there’s Spaten Lager, Spaten Ur-Märzen, and Hofbräu Summer.
The Aufschnitteller mit verschiedenen Würsten, Käse, Brot (a cold cut platter with Schaller & Weber cold cuts including Jagdwurst, Prague ham, garlic pepper salami , and Gouda cheese) was perfect on a hot Summer afternoon, along with the Spaten Ur-Märzen.
On another visit, the Wurstteller mit Sauerkraut und Kartoffelpuree included three types of Wurst or sausage, including a Weißwurst and a Wiener) and the Käsespätzle (Cheese Spätzle, or egg noodles), were as good as one would find in the Hirschgarten (I had just tried the Käsespätzle at the Hirschgarten, the world’s largest Biergarten, a month earlier, so I can make the comparison easily). The Loreley included a wonderful salad of carrots, cucumber, and red cabbage, beating out the Hirschgarten in the salad competition.
When you arrive at Loreley, order the freshly-baked Bretzeln (pretzels) with your beer. They are made to order so they take time but the result is worth it.
Editor’s note: Read Munich’s Beer Gardens for a detailed history of the Biergarten as well as a look at some of the most popular ones.
64 Frost Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211