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El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette

100 Stanton St. (Ludlow St.) Send to Phone
212-260-3950 | Menu
Healthy, veggie-friendly fare on the Lower East Side.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

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El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette Restaurant Review

: This diminutive 14-seat Lower East Side spot is more than the name promises. It’s true that during the day, coffee is poured and light lunches are served from a short compendium of vegetarian-friendly options. At night, though, candles are lit and a longer menu of healthy dishes is presented. The atmosphere is laid back, the staff even offering diners whose parties have not arrived yet to “grab a table,” making it feel like you’re in Manhattan Beach, not Manhattan. Sip a craft beer or a glass of wine from the brief list and munch on satisfying charred radicchio salad, papas bravas (paired with pickled pineapple hot sauce) or flavorful octopus salad. Not everything works: not even the hot sauce and cashew cream can save the bland vegan chicharrones (which are made from puffed rice crackers). However, overall El Rey turns out affordable healthy fare in a neighborhood known for its late-night gluttony.
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