In the past few years, chef Gerardo Gonzalez has become one of the most beloved faces on downtown New York’s ever-changing food scene. After cutting his teeth at the Lower East Side mainstay, El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette, Gonzalez moved on to open Lalito, an all-day restaurant in the former space of legendary karaoke/dive bar Winnie’s. There, Gonzalez serves what he describes as “new age-y Latino food” influenced by both his California coastal upbringing and Latino culture in New York City today.
We met up with Gonzalez at Lalito in Chinatown to get his go-to spots to eat and drink. From an old school East Village lunch counter to a Nolita Thai destination, Gonzalez let us in on where we might be able to find him on a rare night off. Out of modesty, he neglected to recommend his own establishment, but we already know that it’s not to be missed.