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L.A. Sensation Sqirl to Pop Up at El Rey Later This Month

The two restaurants have similar, vegetable-centric sensibilities.
The two restaurants have similar, vegetable-centric sensibilities. Photo: Courtesy of SQIRL and El Rey

Jessica Koslow has earned a cult following for Sqirl, her tiny Silver Lake restaurant where people line up for Kokuho Rose brown-rice bowls with sorrel pesto, and burnt brioche toast with housemade jam and ricotta. Now, for the first time ever, she’s bringing her skills to New York — specifically, at Cheap Eats favorite El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette on the Lower East Side.

Koslow, El Rey owner Nicholas Morgenstern, and chef Gerardo Gonzalez have collaborated on a dinner menu, which they’ll serve on Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21. There will be three seatings each night — at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. — and the meals will begin at El Rey and end with a walk (ideally, in the snow!) to Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream for dessert.

Tickets cost $100 (not including tax and tip), and include playful, inventive dishes like plantain chips with avocado butter and caviar, uni arancini, boudin blanc with burnt-onion latkes, and parsnip ice-cream cake — the first ice-cream cake Morgenstern’s has ever offered. And hey, that price covers four drink pairings. (Consider it cheaper than a flight to L.A.)

For those who cannot make it to the dinners — or are just obsessed with Sqirl — El Rey will offer some of Koslow’s specials on its à la carte lunch menu throughout the week of the January 19. And over at Morgenstern’s, there will be two special flavors available from January 19 to 31, featuring Koslow’s signature jams: sorrel ice cream with seascape-strawberry-and-rose-geranium jam, and pistachio-and-fennel sorbet with moro-blood-orange jam.

That’s not all: This event is the first of two collaboration dinners between El Rey and Sqirl — this spring, the El Rey team will travel to L.A. to cook a dinner over there. Consider this the beginning of a beautiful, veggie-centric friendship.

Reservations for dinners can be made right here, right now.

Sqirl Meets El Rey