it's simply called Cheese Spaetzle on the menu - but that barely describes it... after an unbelievably long wait (more below) out comes this big hot plate filled with an aromatic mix of homemade spaetzle loaded with pieces of heavenly fried ham, really flavorful melted German cheese and bits of onion. it was absolutely delicious, rich and satisfying. reminded me of an amazing mac and cheese, and the spaetzle is excellent, perfect texture/tenderness, almost like the texture of great gnocchi. $10 for a big serving (and comes with a salad). when the dish arrived my friend called it with "this is gonna be trouble" (as it was to be shared among 4 people)
finally checked out the Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten on Rivington between Chrystie and Bowery. found the place very fun and different, and the beer and food surprisingly great. Here's the lowdown - would love to hear from other hounds on your experiences (not sure if it was a usual or unusual night!)...
pork schnitzel was great - well browned, nice n' crispy around the edges, flavorful. the mushroom sauce that comes over it for the Jagerschnitzel is also very good. the schnitzels comes with a pile of good fries, but one person in our group substituted with plain spaetzle and it was great, I'd do this next time. loved the potato pancakes, one friend declared them the best she'd ever had, yummy applesauce and ligonberry sauce on side. the sausages were good, nothing spectacular - but the homemade sauerkraut underneath was great. Entrees come with a nice salad that's served first - a bowl of lettuce with small piles of grated carrot, red onion, tomato slices and cucumber slices mixed with dill with a very tasty vinegar marinade - all the veggies and food was very fresh. and the apple strudel was excellent, worth the second wait. (we like Zum Schneider but all felt the food was better here)
liked everything I tried, especially the Hofbraeu Edelhelles Lager - crisp and freshing, but not too light - I could drink this one all night, and the Schneider Weisse - a wonderful beer, rich and spicy, potent but easy to drink, my favorite. They also have some great schnapps and shots to try.
Do NOT go here if you are in a hurry. It took us about 15 min to get each round of beer, 30 min to place our order and over an HOUR to get our food. we joked with the waitress that we might have to wait another hour for our dessert and the pained look on her face said it was no joke. we were there for 3.5 hours total. BUT we figured out early on that the pace was extremely slow, decided to just go with the flow, and had a wonderful time, ate great food, and got thoroughly wasted. the vibe and pace reminded us of beirgartens in Germany and Vienna.
lively and packed all night (on a Monday no less). no consideration to decor or lighting what so ever. wood benches, tables & chairs. music jumps from German ompapa stuff to the Gypsy Kings. a refreshingly non-trendy crowd, lots of older germen people, German and eastern European visitors, families and locals. every once and a while a congo line moves through the place (started by a large group or the crowd up front at the bar) the last guy in the line was a Euro dude with silver spandex pants on! our waitresses barely spoke English, and were very nice and cute. the place couldn't be less-effected by the whole LES scene.
couple more notes:
opened by a guy who used to work at Zum Schneider. They have a big outside garden in the back that opens again in the spring. There's also a huge downstairs space they will be opening soon for bands. and the bathroom were very clean.