The new creative Mexican American spot from the chef at El Rey is opening for dinner Thursday night. Lalo is taking over the space occupied for almost three decades by Winnie’s, the beloved former karaoke bar at 104 Bayard St. New York Magazine has details in this week’s issue.
Gerardo Gonzalez has created a menu that features, “a Mex-American core seasoned with accents from Japan, the Middle East, and even the Ashkenazi-Jewish tradition.” At El Rey on Rivington Street, Gonzalez won rave reviews for his interesting health-conscious dishes.
The new place is a lot bigger. There are 47 seats in the completely remodeled space. It looks to have a 1970s diner motif. Lalo has a full bar. You can check out the menus via Grub Street.
Back in January of this year, the restaurant’s owners (the guys formerly from Dudley’s on Orchard Street) faced some stiff opposition at Community Board 3 from local Chinatown residents. But they ultimately prevailed.
Another restaurant, Chinese Tuxedo, is expected to open before long. According to the venue’s Instagram page, a Nov. 29 debut on Doyers Street is in-the-works.