El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette

El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerApril 27, 2015
    “The world’s best kale salad, tossed in a chunky dressing made from ground almonds, almond milk, garlic, and lemon zest, and even better adorned with avocado ‘del sur.’” Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 29, 2014
    A strong choice is deconstructed falafel with chickpeas and avocado, raw cauliflower, shaved fennel, mint, watercress, rice vinegar-pickled peaches, pickled red cabbage & sesame served on pita. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousOctober 7, 2014
    Top slightly sweet and perfectly moist sweet potato bread with caramel and aleppo-spiced pecans and you've got the most addicting slice of breakfast loaf on the planet. Read more
  • Ellie
    EllieFebruary 6, 2017
    Relaxed, friendly, delightful neighborhood cafe with a small but well-executed menu of healthy comfort foods, along with excellent coffee. Perfect for idling with a newspaper on a weekend afternoon.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerJuly 11, 2015
    in addition to the avocado del sur and mexican mocha (spicy!), this brownie, with sea salt and cacao nibs, was one of the tastiest I've ever had - perfect gooey texture
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Ask if they have any collaboration dinners coming up: They’ve done great ones with Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, David Tanis, and others. It’s where the kitchen really gets to stretch and shine. Read more
  • Meredith B.heart icon on user image
    Meredith BlechmanJanuary 9, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    If you come to eat in, there are only two tables and counter seating, with no air in the summer or (strong) heat in the winter. Menu changes regularly but everything is fresh and delicious!
  • Dan D.
    Dan DurkinAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent cold brew coffee. Try the "lost bread" egg frittata with crushed avocado! No dinner menu yet, just lunch. Love the bar seats facing the small open kitchen.
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarJanuary 14, 2016
    Chicharrones ftw. I would literally come here just for them. Get them! Also loved the sardines. Super cute spot with incredibly friendly service. Need to come back for coffee next time.
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenAugust 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Iced Mexican Mocha belongs in the pantheon of great creamy flavored ice coffees along with Philz' Mint Mojito and Blue Bottle's New Orleans.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 9, 2014
    This downtown cafe has a great vibe even at 8 in the morning. The coffee and pastries are truly special but definitely try the grits bowl with braised pork, and frittata with fennel salad. Read more
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    Mexican iced mocha on draft is alone worth a pop-in. Spiced with chili flakes and cinnamon, Counter Culture black coffee is topped with sweetened condensed milk, w Mexican chocolate and fresh mint.
  • Max K.heart icon on user image
    Max KesslerAugust 10, 2014
    Amazing branding. Either some dude is crushing Acai berries or a model is taking your order and is more polite than mother Teresa. Kind of want to live here, and the iced coffee is next level.
  • Luke
    LukeJuly 15, 2017
    The coffee is good. The food is well thought out and well made, if you're not in a rush. A great cafe, and you'll wish there were more like it. They even have beer on tap
  • Nikki B.heart icon on user image
    Nikki BogopolskayaFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cappuccinos and iced coffee to go, or grab some of the delicious baked goods + the NYTimes they always have on hand and stay for LES people-watching in the giant windows.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchildtNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    my au lait was made with local almond milk and served in a hugh jass mug, the counter ladies couldn't be any more adorable, and we listened to barry white on vinyl- safe to say, love at first visit.
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 7, 2014
    Get your coffee fix. Have a cortado w/ almond milk. The kitchen is only open for lunch right now but the food is so well prepared! Try the grains & crudité salad - with egg on top.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissAugust 3, 2015
    Great healthy food cozy dinner spot. Mole with burrata and the kale salad were both very good. Great value, too.
  • Shawn B.heart icon on user image
    Shawn BusteedMarch 1, 2014
    Best coffee in LES, great atmosphere, and the staff is always friendly. They just added hot food, and the little treats are all fantastic. A gem!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUAugust 29, 2014
    Pair your espresso (also by Counter Culture) with some of their tasty sandwiches and maybe finish it off with some of their seasonal beers on tap. Well, if you’re of age, of course. Read more
  • César P.heart icon on user image
    César PérezSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This instantly became one of my favorite new NYC cafés! Counter Culture coffee done right, interesting and delicious pastries, beautiful space, and a really sweet staff. Vietnamese IC = EVERYTHING!
  • Felix A.heart icon on user image
    Felix AbarcaNovember 12, 2015
    Try the Papas Bravas, the Vegan Chicharrones and the kale Salad, everything is delicious at this tiny and very cool spot.
  • Heather V.
    Heather VelezAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The crudité salad is exceptional and I don't know if I'll ever try anything else on the menu. Cold brew also tasty & the shandy is a satisfying beverage on a warm afternoon.
  • Wade V.heart icon on user image
    Wade VAugust 24, 2016
    Has a good vibe. Healthy and interesting breakfast options. Also love the sweet potato bread. Oh yeah, and good coffee. I recommend getting the large size for iced.
  • A G.
    A GFebruary 14, 2014
    the people here radiate amazingness and definitely beat the snooty types at caffe vita. also, their new menu selection here is to die for. 😁 for the grits and kale salad
  • Caroline C.heart icon on user image
    Caroline ChungApril 11, 2015
    Trendy neighborhood cafe with tasty bites to go with your coffee or healthy lunch menu. Tried the chia bowl for breakfast which was delish and hit the spot!
  • C R.heart icon on user image
    C RJanuary 3, 2016
    Simple as it is, the kale salad is really delicious. Vegan chicharrones are good, the octopus and hominy dish is the pro move. Coffee is great too. Recommended.
  • Christinaheart icon on user image
    ChristinaDecember 10, 2015
    The kale salad (+ egg & avocado) is the best I've ever had. The almond vinaigrette & lemon zest push it to the next level...
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    El Rey occupies the old d'Espresso space but offers coffee that's at least an order of magnitude better in both sourcing (Counter Culture) and preparation. Try the Vietnamese coffee and baked goods.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    What do you get when you combine condensed milk, mint, cocoa, espresso and Aleppo pepper? The tastiest Mexican iced mocha in NYC, that’s what. Read more
  • A G.
    A GAugust 31, 2014
    The coolest, laid-back staff. Gerardo is a wizard when it comes to creating alternative food/drink options. The elderberry lemonade/seltzer is a personal favorite.
  • Lizzy S.heart icon on user image
    Lizzy SaxeFebruary 9, 2016
    Definitely try the "Everything Bagel"- a perfect mix of ricotta, zaatar, red onion, capers, seeds, and dill.
  • Louis B.heart icon on user image
    Louis BitskoMay 5, 2016
    This is the best coffee spot in the city. Been going there regularly since opening. High Quality everything & excellent service no every time.
  • Chelsea P.
    Chelsea ParksJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yo, get the kale salad even if you're not a hipster. It comes with an almond dressing and is topped with shaved almonds. A small one will do ya good.
  • Laurenheart icon on user image
    LaurenMay 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot & good espresso drinks, but they don't do Vietnamese iced coffee anymore. Hope they bring it back!
  • Santi A.heart icon on user image
    Santi AmayaDecember 12, 2015
    Don't be deterred by the crowd, it moves quickly and is well worth the wait. great coffee and amazing kale salad and avocado toast
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoJuly 24, 2015
    Good luck finding a seat at this pint-sized coffee bar and luncheonette. The food is superb, though; fresh, healthy, and delicious.
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonFebruary 3, 2017
    Cute coffee shop in a great neighborhood, but don't expect a full Café. Definitely more of a coffee bar.
  • ben m.
    ben mSeptember 6, 2014
    Cold press on tap is nice. Be like me and bring a stroller to the tiny space and be the most annoying guy in the place. Sorry everyone!
  • yuna l.heart icon on user image
    yuna leeApril 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    great coffee and lovely staffs. space is little too small but i would say that it's intimate!
  • Charlotte D.
    Charlotte DunneNovember 23, 2017
    Delicious coffee. Lovely, friendly staff who make a point of getting to know their regulars. Small but perfectly formed!
  • Nickheart icon on user image
    NickApril 15, 2015
    Little taste of modern California. Get the Mexican Iced Mocha its out of this world and avocado with fresh, perfectly poached eggs
  • Evan B.heart icon on user image
    Evan BartlettOctober 12, 2015
    Loved the avocado flat bread with poached egg. The gluten free brownie and sesame banana bread where also very solid
  • Anastasia E.heart icon on user image
    Anastasia EnotAugust 31, 2015
    The best cortado in NYC! Sesame banana bread is very tasty. The place itself is cool and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TorresDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There's good wi-fi (password is ElReyPublic), but computer beware!: no outlets. A great, tiny little spot with good coffee served by a friendly staff.
  • Julia M.heart icon on user image
    Julia MJanuary 11, 2015
    Mexican mocha - hot, frothy, heart-warming mug of spices, cinnamon, chocolate and condensed milk. Yum! Can't wait to try it iced in the summer.
  • naveenheart icon on user image
    naveenFebruary 23, 2015
    stop for an espresso. if you're hungry, the granola is one of my favorites: yogurt, pomegranate, coconut, honey.
  • Shawn B.heart icon on user image
    Shawn BusteedJanuary 19, 2014
    Best coffee in the les, and super friendly people that work there. Try one of the turnovers, sweet or savory, both are good.
  • Josh O.heart icon on user image
    Josh OynickOctober 13, 2015
    "People talk about coffee, healthy food, trendy" - Foursquare is not wrong. Also very good.
  • Marc
    MarcMay 29, 2014
    Tasting Table Top 10 Iced Coffee: "strong, not-too-sweet Vietnamese iced coffee on tap. If you have some time, grab a bowl of grits here as well--they're awesome."
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