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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by Amalak:
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm a very big fan of this place. It's not really like the one in Manhattan, but I like it more because it is a lot more low-key.
It's location (while a few blocks from my apartment) is off-putting as it's underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on a fairly desolate spot on Meeker Ave. Even still, it has a nice outside patio and the noise from above isn't too bad.
Inside, though, is exquisite. There are plenty of tables and a medium-sized bar. Three private bathrooms, as well. They have a screen that they pull down to show sporting events, though this place has yet to figure out what it wants to be.
The plates of food are typical German fare, but cooked to perfection. The beers are you standard German brews (Weistephanan, Einbecker, Spaten, Erdinger, etc.) and you can get different sized pours.
On the four times I've been there, the bartenders have always been attentive and helpful. I have yet to see the place packed, but I am a fan of that as it's a real chill place to relax with some friends and have some awesome beer and food.
If you're looking for more of a jumpin' establishment, this doesn't seem to be the place, though I would imagine that this summer it will get more popular with its outdoor seating.
03-01-2011 18:02:59 | More by Amalak
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
No, not that one, I'm talking about the new one in Williamsburg. Just look for Phil, he'll be mugging it up some, lover of German beer, he (No, really, he's changed, man, he's changed). Walkable from places elsewhere to here, on the corner of Meeker & something. "For rent: Trapezoidesque space practically under a highway". Man, you can get anything on Craig's list...
Outside, an enclosed brick biergarden, the walls not solid but each brick separated slightly from the next brick. It also isn't straight; it bows all wavy, in and out, up and down, like chainmail. Good flow, and very cool for a brick wall. 15 long narrow beer hall tables/bench combos on bright green frames contained within, below large Gaffel Kolsch, Jever & Radeberger Pils umbrellas covering a good portion of the outside area. Strung colored Xmas tree lights line the walls and shuffle from umbrella to umbrella. Plants on the sills & baby trees potted around the gravel ground patio.
Slab, something not wood topped, hockey stick shaped bar with a wood front base, seating 9 on stools.
Views of the biergarden through the barback wall of windows that accordion open up and out; the panel window rows of 5 that half on a hinge. Framed metal boxed shelving above, just inside the windows hold litre, .5L, & weisse glasses on the lowers, standard booze on the uppers. The contents of the framed booze boxings are quite colorful as are the bottles themselves in some cases, against the shimmery light coming in. The end of the bar has something similar, except wine glasses & tumblers. Kolsch trays sit above should they need 'em. (Yes, you can get the tray off 11 .2L glasses). More glassware below barback counter, lined & shelved below.
As the bar is a somewhat centerpiece, there's a large doorway entrance to one side with the same panel window look and the hinge wall of windows on the other side. Mostly brick walls with exposed concrete in places. The long wall behind me down with a pair of wood framed 2' x 8' horizontal mirrors discolored & beaten. There's something muralish along the far wall corner and a single paneled window on the far wall of brick. Concrete floor and ceilings of 3" slat wood planks of different colors, tones and hues, with a large skylight framed on ceiling center. Wide metal dish drop lamps over the bar, grapple hook chandeliers out over the room and some sunken baby spots. Bench seating continual, the length of the wall and zig zagginaround to the side and curving down the other end. 9 tables collectively share the snaking bench, and 4 more roundies across the floor.
First time out, I was going to food with the Bratwurst Mit Brot (a single brat with bread & mustard) or the Sommersalat (summer salad with cukes, carrot, apple, grapes & topped with sliced almonds), but it was taco night in the 'burg with the unusual suspects so I opted not. On return, I went with the Schnitzelsandwich mostly because I like the saying it aloud, and a little bit 'cause that's what I like. Arrived after a way too long while on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and hold the mayonnaise, please please. Got my fries fix on, too.
12 taps towers on both the bar where I'm sitting and facing outside to the biergarden side of things so served from there. Currently, Gaffel Kolsch, Reissdorf Kolsch, Erdinger Dunkel, Spaten Lager & Ur-Marzen, Hofbrau Summer, Schneider Weisse, Jever, Bitburger Pils, Radeberger Pils, Weihenstephan Hefe, Kostritzer Shwarzbier, with some rotation seasonally and otherwise. I, myself, am drinking the shit out of the Spaten ur-Marzen due to its proven deliciousness. And am adhering to best practice drinking shorty .5L glasses to keep me from becoming retarded. And theys got a smattering of bottles, too (Erdinger KristalWeizen, heavy hitter oof-tas Schneider Aventinus Weizen Dopplebock & Eisbock, Augustiner Edelstoff, Woodchuck Cider, Clausthaler & Erdinger Hefe Alkoholfrei).
The bartender could speak intelligently regarding the flavor differences between and where his preference lies with the Gaffel & Reissdorf Kolschs (was that even a word? what is the plural of Kolsch?), so service there was good. But making me wait forever to get my Schnitzel on in an empty bar was not cool, so take the knock, and do better next time. Beer is fresh anyway, no problemos there. I think it's a cool house, a good deal hotter and a lot less stiff than its sister location across the river.
01-31-2011 16:16:08 | More by slander
Loreley Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.