El Rey

Rent Hike Ousts Trendy ‘El Rey’ Cafe After 5 Years on Stanton Street

Posted November 20, 2018 at 5:06 am

Time has come for El Rey on the Lower East Side. The trendy California-style cafe, founded by Nick Morgenstern back in 2013, is closing at the end of the month. El Rey spent five years at 100 Stanton Street, and in the end, a rent hike is allegedly to blame. The official word is that […]

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El Rey Chef Heads to Chinatown for Flashpoint Winnie’s Replacement

Posted April 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Head chef of El Rey on Stanton Street, Gerardo Gonzalez, just exited the cafe for his new venture in Chinatown. As previously reported, Gonzalez teamed up with Dudley’s managers Mateusz Lilpop and Benedict dos Remedios, and William Davidson to impart a new “food focused” establishment specializing in Latin-Asian fusion” at the former Winnie’s on Bayard Street (aka […]

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Nick Morgenstern Eyeing Madison Street for ‘Mr. Fong’s’ Chinese Joint

Posted June 4, 2014 at 5:23 am

Nick Morgenstern is pretty much everywhere these days, coming off tons of media buzz for both El Ray on Stanton Street and his newly-minted Morgenstern’s ice cream shop on Rivington. But now he’s headed into seemingly untapped territory for the foodie cult – the Two Bridges neighborhood in Chinatown. Morgenstern is apparently joining forces with […]

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Lady of Grand’s Pick of the Week: Frittata at El Rey

Posted March 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

There is a small open kitchen in the back of El Rey since their expansion into luncheonette territory. Above is the “Lost Bread” Egg Frittata with crushed avocado underneath and shaved fennel salad on top, drizzled with a sauce verte (herbs, garlic, and lemon juice). Frittata comes from the Italian word fritta, which means “to fry” but […]

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Nick Morgenstern’s ‘El Rey’ Opens at 100 Stanton on Friday

Posted September 16, 2013 at 6:08 am

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 […]

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