Nick Morgenstern’s ‘El Rey’ Opens at 100 Stanton on Friday
This image has been archived or removed.
Behind the glass at 100 Stanton Street, work is nearly complete on Nick Morgenstern’s latest endeavor. The Goat Town co-creator is busy preparing a new cafe for the space that previously held D’espresso. Employees onsite reveal its identity as El Rey, and confirmed by the new nameplate on the doorway column.
A recent walkby reveals that the space is dominated by a wall-hanging mirror on which the menu is scrawled with white marker. Standard cafe fare – java to suds and sandwiches – at seemingly modest prices for the neighborhood (i.e. a couple bucks for a coffee).
El Rey received the go-ahead from Community Board 3 for wine and beer privileges back in June, despite being in a saturated zone. Their success in obtaining booze was likely due to a “memorandum of understanding” forged with the LES Dwellers community organization. Early closing hours (11pm all days) and an agreement not to seek an on-premise license definitely helped their cause.
El Rey opens this Friday at 100 Stanton.