Walking into Cafe Katja feels like stepping off a very crowded block on the LES into a low-key tavern in Vienna. The brick-walled space has a deer head and wreaths on the walls, and there are a bunch of Austrian and Bavarian beers on tap at the big horseshoe bar. The food (like bratwurst, gulasch, and spaetzle) is generally very heavy - but it’s also all enjoyable. We particularly like the tender, well-cooked wiener schnitzel that’s the size of a Macbook. Come with a group and drink some steins of beer, and you’ll quickly forget that you’re down the street from Hair Of The Dog.
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Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
Loreley is a traditional-feeling beer garden on the Lower East Side, and it’s a good place to get some day drinking done.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
If you're looking for a big spot for day drinking Williamsburg, try Radegast. It can get a little crowded, but maybe that's what you're looking for.
East Harlem Bottling Co.
East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
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