El Rey Luncheonette

Restaurants, American creative Lower East Side
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El Rey Luncheonette
Photocredit: Paul Wagtouicz El Rey

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.


Venue name: El Rey Luncheonette
Address: 100 Stanton St
New York
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
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The hot chocolate here is some of the best in the city. The space is nice and bright in the Lower East Side with seating for small groups. Definitely a good place to relax.  Their avocado toast is also another reason to visit this place. 

Happy eating and remember: Don't deny, satisfy! 


Really cute coffee shop on the LES. I love finding little odd places like this around tucked amongst all the bars and restuarants. Reasonable prices, not too crowded, enough seating for a fairly large group and the ambiance was chill without being too pretentious. I'm not a coffee drinker but they had lots of options for non-coffee drinkers as well and nice snacks!