UPDATE and CONGRATS on great NYT review: 3 Questions w/ Nick Morgenstern – LES Food Impresario…


Photo Credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

CONGRATS to my good friend, Nick, for this awesome review of his restaurant El Rey by Pete Wells in the NY Times on July 28.

Here’s his “3 Questions with” from January 19, 2015.

Nick Morgenstern is a LES/East Village restaurant maven. He has a HUGE hit on his hands with Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (literally two doors from me on Rivington Street and jam-packed even when it’s 10 degrees outside!!).  He’s also running a really cool luncheonette, El Rey, on Stanton Street, and he’s just opened GG’s pizza, a reboot of his former Goat Town restaurant on 5th Street that is getting raves for its “grandmas pie”.

I’ve gotten to know Nick as a neighbor (and fellow gym goer – we have our best convos while I’m on the elliptical) and I just really love his entrepreneurial spirit. He’s a quintessential foodie impresario with lots of ideas, a collaborative spirit and the will to” just get it done”.  A Recipe for Success if you ask me!!

Am so thrilled that he is sharing some of his favorite spots with us – quite a few in my neighborhood that I was not aware of – so THANK YOU Nick!!!

 Three Favorite spots 

Il Buco:  Chef Joel Hough has always had a quite confidence in his food that I admire.  His food does not take itself too seriously, is always delicious, clean and clear.


Joel Hough came to NYC in 2004 to open Barbuto with Jonathan Waxman, then spent five years at Cookshop in Chelsea. That’s where he met Justin Smillie, the former chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, who recommended him for his current gig. Photo Credit: Melanie Dunea


That SERVICE in that ROOM.

raouls-630x419Del Posto:

Pasta and Dessert.  At the Bar.  Brooks Headley is one of the most inspiring chefs in food right now.  His desserts are great.  Not too sweet, always interesting with a little sarcasm.

Brooks Headley


Brands I can’t live without

Troentorps Clogs.

When spending countless hours on your feet forget the Dansko’s these things are the real thing.


Felchlin Chocolate

No Wallpaper packaging here, just 100 years of Swiss chocolate making expertise to create the smoothest chocolate available anywhere.


Ale Et Ange – aleetange.com

Incredible Shirts, hats, pants and ties.


The New Stuff:

Coming Soon – 37 Orchard Street

Amazing lifestyle and home goods store.


MUST.CHECK.THIS.OUT.ASAP – thanks Nick for putting on my radar


This store looks absolutely amazing!!

image-10 Russ and Daughters Cafe

Amazing design.  Food and Beverage is on point.


Ivan Ramen

Fantastic Ramen, but the pickled Daikon is a must.





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