Nicholas Morgenstern (Goat Town, the General Greene) serves dishes inspired by the California coast at this Lower East Side eatery, having transformed the former El Rey café-bar into a modern lunch counter. In the 15-seat space—featuring communal tables, globe lambs and a multiwood bar—find Vietnamese iced coffee on tap and pastries like plum-and-ginger Danishes and parsnip-and-cajeta toast for breakfast. Dinner dishes include duck-confit hand pies, winter falafel with minted cauliflower, and cashew grits with braised pork. For beverages, aguas frescas (like cucumber limeade with juniper seltzer) are made in-house, and beers such as Westbrook White Thai witbier and Evil Twin's Ryan and the Beaster Bunny saison are on draft.
El Rey Luncheonette
|Venue name:||El Rey Luncheonette||Contact:|
100 Stanton St
|Cross street:||between Ludlow and Orchard Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 7am–11pm; Sat, Sun 8am-11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $7. AmEx, MC, V|