Nick Morgenstern

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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Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream Taking Over Shuttered Silver Spurs in the Village

Posted April 10, 2018 at 5:09 am

From greasy spoons to silver spoons. Longtime Village diner, Silver Spurs, officially shut down operations last month after nearly forty years on LaGuardia Place. A purported decrease in business, coupled with ever-escalating rents, contributed to this loss. While the proverbial grave is still warm, though, in swoops Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream. The trendy Lower East […]

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Nick Morgenstern to Helm Ace Hotel’s Bowery Bar-Restaurant Scene

Posted December 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

Finally. The first overt acknowledgment from Ace Hotel that it’s in fact opening up a lodge on the Bowery. (Bowery Boogie was first to break the news way back in September 2013.) Principals submitted a comprehensive application of 97 pages to Community Board 3 for the hotel liquor license, so there’s a lot to unpack here. […]

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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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‘Morgenstern’s’ to Start Serving Ice Cream on Rivington Street Next Week

Posted May 15, 2014 at 5:03 am

That new ice cream shop we told you about on Rivington Street (aka 215 Bowery) now has an identity. An eponymous one, at that. The establishment is dubbed Morgenstern’s after its creator Nick Morgenstern, the Goat Town principal who most recently opened El Rey on Stanton. Most of the ice cream equipment is now in […]

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El Rey’s Nick Morgenstern Opening Ice Cream Shop on Rivington Street

Posted April 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

When the A-Plus Restaurant Equipment supplier vacated 215 Bowery last year, its enormous footprint was carved into three separate units. Bouwerie Iconic magazine shop took the corner, while Two Rams gallery planted roots inside store A on Rivington Street. The third, we’re told, was recently leased to Nick Morgenstern for his latest (non-nightlife) endeavor. The veteran […]

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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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Goat Town’s Nick Morgenstern Eyeing 100 Stanton for Cafe

Posted June 10, 2013 at 5:17 am

Nicholas Morgenstern, proprietor of the popular Goat Town in Alphabet City, is looking to cross Houston and into Hell Square.

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