First Look at El Rey’s New Dinner Menu

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It kicks off tonight.
It kicks off tonight. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz

Nicholas Morgenstern should really get out the stepladder and update the sign that hangs outside his El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette. Beginning at 5:30 tonight, the shoebox of a space is adding dinner service to its repertoire. Executive chef Gerardo Gonzalez’s new evening menu picks up where his excellent SoCal, neo-hippie, veggie-centric-but-not-vegetarian lunch leaves off. There are vegan chicharrones, octopus salads, charred radicchios, and papas bravas with pickled pineapple hot sauce among other mouth-waterers on this bill of fare. And, inspired by the atmospheric tapas-bar stalwart Bar Jamón, Morgenstern is pumping up his drinks list with sherry, cider, and a push toward organic and biodynamic wines, too. Take a look at the menu and the food, which will be served small-plates style to accommodate both the cramped quarters and restless hipster appetites.

Vegan chicharrónes locos with hot sauce, cashew crema, chamoy sauce.
Vegan chicharrónes locos with hot sauce, cashew crema, chamoy sauce. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
Marinated chorizo.
Marinated chorizo. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
Octopus salad with black salsa.
Octopus salad with black salsa. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
Charred radicchio with ricotta, hazelnut, and mint.
Charred radicchio with ricotta, hazelnut, and mint. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
Papas bravas with pickled pineapple hot sauce and scallions.
Papas bravas with pickled pineapple hot sauce and scallions. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
A cocktail with a side of plantain strips.
A cocktail with a side of plantain strips. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz

El Rey Evening Menu [PDF]

What to Eat on El Rey’s New Dinner Menu