Went to Loreley last night on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side, thanks to Chowhound, and enjoyed the garden area with some good German pilsener and some wonderful pretzels - hot, crusty outside, not too much salt and wonderful soft inside. so "vielen danke" chowhound for the recommendation!!
Also had the potato pancakes and spaetzle with cheese & bacon. The potato pancakes were fine - but since I personally like them less like pancakes and more like shredded potatoes and onions fried to a crisp, they weren't quite to my taste. The spaetzle was also good, but not quite as light and tasty as my mother in law makes them (but who does) and I have to say the bacon was something new for us in this dish and we thought it a nice addition.
Definitely a nice casual place to meet some friends, have some beers and a pretzel or three. we'll be back!