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Title: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: itsjustme on April 20, 2018, 04:48:07 PM
Saw some work happening at the old McDonald's at Roosevelt and 76th this morning, so I poked around online and saw that someone has added a new restaurant, "Laly's," to the Google map for that address (https://goo.gl/zzDKB5) and it looks like they've filed with NYS under that address/name too. The one 5-star review is a "coming soon" note. Anyone here know more?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: AmazingJason on April 20, 2018, 04:58:47 PM
It says "New American" restaurant on Google. Maybe this will end up being the place the entire forum has been desperately seeking  ;D
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: itsjustme on April 20, 2018, 05:15:37 PM
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Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: hfm on April 21, 2018, 12:15:39 PM
Good news, but I was really hoping a Brooklyn Bagel would move in there.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: itsjustme on April 21, 2018, 03:44:09 PM
Good news, but I was really hoping a Brooklyn Bagel would move in there.
Yeah, I actually reached out to them about that vacancy back in October (their reply in the pic attached).
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: hfm on April 21, 2018, 03:47:54 PM
Good news, but I was really hoping a Brooklyn Bagel would move in there.
Yeah, I actually reached out to them about that vacancy back in October (their reply in the pic attached).

Maybe if people keep asking they will move in here somewhere someday! It would be awesome. There's three of them in Astoria.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: dotley on May 11, 2018, 07:00:33 AM
The sign above the former McDonald's says Laly's is a Mexican Restaurant.  Also on that block a new Tibetan restaurant is opening.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: JHMNY on May 15, 2018, 07:08:54 PM
The sign above the former McDonald's says Laly's is a Mexican Restaurant.

I saw the sign earlier today.  It says "American Mexican."  Wondering if we can expect Chimichangas.  ::)
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: toddg on May 15, 2018, 11:22:57 PM
"American Mexican" is a strange term, and sounds unappealing.  It evokes bad Mexican chain restaurants.  California-style taquerias or Tex-Mex cuisine can be great, but they don't use the term "American Mexican." 

Perhaps Laly's will attempt to reinterpret and elevate Americanized Mexican food, like Saw Shack has done for Americanized Chinese food.  If done well, that could be interesting.  Here's hoping.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: Shelby2 on June 19, 2018, 08:53:06 AM
I'm pretty sure the sign actually says "American and Mexican" and not "American Mexican." So maybe it will be something like bagels and tacos.  ::)
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: BennyB on June 19, 2018, 03:04:21 PM
My guess is this will be a normal Mexican restaurant regardless of what the sign says
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: missmarty on June 22, 2018, 01:01:54 AM
We recently saw a sign at Juquilla that said, solicita una cocinero- con experiencia con la comida mexicano.

Anyway- there is a new space for Brooklyn Bagel- it's big and close to train. Roosevelt/ 83/84.

I'll write them too!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: JHResident on August 06, 2018, 07:40:13 AM
I passed by Laly's yesterday, and it has a decidedly un-Mexican menu.  Mostly simple fare with Mexican-inspired appetizers but mostly American entrees and a breakfast menu that looks more like a brunch menu.

Some entrees Steak & Frites $18, Fish & Chips $16, and Roasted Chicken $14.
Cobb Salad $12, House Salad $10, Kale Salad $11
Burgers, Chicken Sandwich
Apps include Buffalo Wings $10, Fish Tacos $8, Chimichangas $7, Veggie Chili $6 and Nachos $8.
Cream Cheese Flan and Cheesecake for dessert.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: dssjh on August 06, 2018, 09:25:06 AM
Kale salad?
okay, Jackson Heights has officially jumped the shark.

 ;D ;D

but seriously, sounds like it's worth a look -- a good fish and chips would be welcome....
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 06, 2018, 05:28:44 PM
Nothing more Mexican than chimichungas
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant in former McDonald's on Roosevelt
Post by: hfm on August 12, 2018, 08:38:56 PM
Kale salad?
okay, Jackson Heights has officially jumped the shark.

 ;D ;D

but seriously, sounds like it's worth a look -- a good fish and chips would be welcome....

El Rico Tinto has a damn good kale salad. I wouldn't consider it jumping the shark at all.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 13, 2018, 04:18:57 AM
I think you gotta chill with the kale shaming
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on August 13, 2018, 02:32:03 PM
I think you gotta chill with the kale shaming

well, okay ... as long as nobody gets avocado on my toast!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 13, 2018, 03:28:01 PM
They really gotta put some personality into the place. You can't tell anything about them from looking in the restaurant.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Ms. Jackson on August 14, 2018, 01:26:51 PM
I think you gotta chill with the kale shaming

well, okay ... as long as nobody gets avocado on my toast!

Too late, The Queensboro has avocado toast on the brunch menu!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on August 14, 2018, 04:03:50 PM
I think you gotta chill with the kale shaming

well, okay ... as long as nobody gets avocado on my toast!

Too late, The Queensboro has avocado toast on the brunch menu!

cue the Jaws theme!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on August 15, 2018, 12:28:35 AM
I think you gotta chill with the kale shaming

well, okay ... as long as nobody gets avocado on my toast!

Speaking of that.. Cafe Con Amor seems like the only place in town that can do avocado toast correctly.. with correctly poached eggs 95% of the time (sometimes they don't survive delivery.. but it's close enough!)
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on August 15, 2018, 10:01:27 AM
Glad to hear Cafe Con Amor is still up and running. I haven't been down that way in quite awhile.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on August 15, 2018, 04:21:47 PM
Has anyone tried this? Menu doesn't look very promising but you never know
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Olivesta on August 15, 2018, 07:39:27 PM
Ricky’s has been doing avocado toast for ages.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dotley on August 16, 2018, 09:56:44 AM
I wish a restaurant would offer a grilled Portobello mushroom with either a fried egg or poached egg as an alternative for those of us who must be gluten free.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on August 28, 2018, 10:11:36 AM
The reviews on Yelp are mostly quite positive. And they appear to be real reviews (high review counts for those posting reviews) https://www.yelp.com/biz/lalys-restaurant-queens?osq=Delivery&osv=PlatformDelivery
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on August 28, 2018, 07:33:31 PM
Damn. Some solid holding reviews. I might break from Queensboro for a weekend to try them out. Gotta be honest, the brunch portions are a bit small as QB.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: cultartist on August 29, 2018, 08:33:21 PM
Went for breakfast.  Great chilaqiles, homemade salsa, bright environment , easy relaxed hang. They’re giving it their all and not yet getting the customers they deserve. Go and check them out.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Tiishka on September 01, 2018, 11:00:20 AM
My husband and I went for dinner on Thursday evening. Friendly service, tasty food.  We trialled a few things to share and enjoyed them all! Lots of flavor in the guac. Classic mexican street corn. Well toasted quesadilla with the right balance of meat to cheese (not 100% cheese which always makes me feel insanely glutinous and mildly ill). And yummy grain bowl, which I haven't found anywhere in the neighborhood previously. Highly recommend! Haven't ever walked by and seen them crowded yet... hopefully that will change!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on September 01, 2018, 02:59:49 PM
Going to add to the chorus of praise. I've gone twice already. Yesterday and today. Both times for breakfast. I've had the chilaquiles and the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. I'm a convert. Both my wife and I agree that the chilaquiles may be the best we've ever had, and I loved loved loved the Benedict. Could have been cooked through just a touch less, but it was still deliciously gooey. And the cayenne (?) sprinkled on top was a nice touch. What's even better is that the price is the same whether you get the Canadian bacon or salmon. I love it! The home fries were also super flavorful.

I've got to say, Queensboro has some competition for this household. But they're definitely going to appeal to different people. I wish Laly's all the luck in the world. They deserve your business. If you're sitting on the sidelines, just go.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: spanky on September 02, 2018, 12:27:16 PM
Wife and I went to Laly's this AM and the breakfast was great.  The Huevos Rancheros are out of this world.  I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the neighborhood. We plan to try them for dinner next.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on September 02, 2018, 08:25:13 PM
I can’t stop eating there. Ordered delivery. The quesadilla was fantastic! Guys. Seriously. Go.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Bailey on September 04, 2018, 07:14:09 AM
My husband and I ate there for lunch yesterday. We had a quesadilla and the steak tacos--all ingredients were fresh, the food was perfectly prepared, the steak in the tacos was cooked medium--you could tell the meat was not sitting for hours, it was made to order. The sauces and salsas were fresh tasting and delicious and the guacamole was perfection. They don't have a liquor license yet, but there's a bar area set up in the back and the manager said it's coming soon. There were fresh flowers on all the tables with CLEAN water in the vases: a sure sign that someone actually cares. It's a great addition to the neighborhood and I hope many people will support them. Can't wait to try them for dinner. They deliver, too! 
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: pipman on September 04, 2018, 09:38:53 PM
Will weigh in here as well...had a great breakfast yesterday trying the Eggs Benedict with Salmon and the Chilaquiles.  The poached eggs were perfectly cooked--definitely a sign that the cook knows what he is doing. Even the side of home fried potatoes were tasty.  The Chilaquiles also very good, included chicken as well as fried eggs.  The salsa verde had the right spiciness (unlike Juquila where it is so spicy).  This ranks up there with some of the memorable huevos I have had in Mexico.  The menu seems made for me, can't wait to try Fish Tacos and some of the other dishes for dinner.  This seems to be run by a family that cares--good service and small touches like the cold bottle of water is nice. They may work on decor a bit as they succeed.  This will definitely be my go to place for Breakfast and Mexican food.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Rigolalys on September 05, 2018, 08:54:56 PM
Hello Jackson Heights Life !

I’m Rigo, manager of Laly’s Restaurant. My apologies for taking a while to introduce ourselves here on Jackson Heights Life. I’ve been hearing from our guests that I should come here and read what the community has to say about us. First, I would like to thank everyone who has already given us the chance to visit & try us out! I’ve probably met some of you whether it’s been here at the restaurant or while I’ve delivered your food at your homes.

I can understand our concept might be a bit confusing as to who we are or what we’re trying to achieve. Here’s our story: Dionisio & Baltazar, brother in-laws, always had a dream of opening up a restaurant together with the concept of serving their community. They both have over 15 years experience working in well known restaurants in NYC as cooks, sous chefs, executive chefs, they’ve done it all. They both reside 10 minutes away from Laly’s Restaurant and were just waiting for the perfect opportunity to open a restaurant. McDonald’s on the corner of 76th & Roosevelt closed down and they saw the perfect opportunity. Their mission was to serve their community & they came up with the “American & Mexican”concept . Ive known Dionisio & Baltazar for years & they reached out to me & offered me the chance to be part of the team and run the front of house. I’ve been also working front of house positions since I was 15 years old. Our main focus is being part of the community & serving the freshest food. We get some of our meat & dairy products from Sullivan farms from upstate NY. & I’m Tuesday’s we’ll even make a run to our farmers market on Tuesdays & get local vegetables from Gageski Produce from Riverhead Long Island. We offer a mixture of both American & Mexican platters for breakfast, lunch & dinner. From homemade blueberry pancakes , eggs Benedict to chilaquiles & huevos rancheros. For burgers & sandwiches we offer our already popular cemita burger (8oz of fresh beef cooked to your liking topped with queso Oaxaca, avocado papalo)  & our bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato sandwich (B.E.L.T) served on a ciabatta.

    We are still waiting on our liquor permit. Once we get the OK, we plan on offering local craft bottled beers as well as Mexican beers. We are currently working on getting a draft beer system put together. Our cocktail menu will consist of , fresh margaritas with choices of fresh flavors available to add. Not only margaritas but we will also add some signature cocktails that will include fresh ingredients as well.

  Service for us is very important. Dionisio, Baltazar & I are here every single day & this our new home. And we want everyone who steps in through our doors feel the same way. Please give us a try & feel free to ask for me. & to those who have already tried us out I thank you again & thanks for the feedback as well.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on September 05, 2018, 09:04:00 PM
Hello Jackson Heights Life !

I’m Rigo, manager of Laly’s Restaurant. My apologies for taking a while to introduce ourselves here on Jackson Heights Life.

Sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself here and tell us a bit about the story behind the restaurant.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on September 05, 2018, 10:43:31 PM
Sounds great--I stopped by just today and picked up a menu. I was thinking about ordering delivery last night, as a matter of fact, but could not find your menu online yet. I hope your drink offerings will also include at least some wines. I look forward to coming in (or ordering) soon--I live just a block and a half away. I like the fact that you offer both Mexican options and American ones, by the way. My husband and I need to eat lighter and less spicy fare much of the time, and it looks like you do offer dishes that fit our needs. I hope things go well for Laly's!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: European on September 06, 2018, 12:38:04 PM
I was thinking about ordering delivery last night, as a matter of fact, but could not find your menu online yet.

https://www.grubhub.com/restaurant/lalys-restaurant-75-19-roosevelt-ave-flushing/926163

https://www.yelp.com/menu/lalys-restaurant-queens

https://www.seamless.com/menu/lalys-restaurant-75-19-roosevelt-ave-flushing/926163
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: itsjustme on September 08, 2018, 05:51:25 PM
Chiming in to add my praise. I've ordered online (through seamless) and visited in person now. The food was excellent in both instances. Dining-in, I found the service to be fantastic and the space spotless. Also, they have great coffee and a chill vibe. Welcome to the neighborhood, all! We'll be back soon!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: pipman on September 09, 2018, 12:12:05 AM
After a tasty breakfast at Laly's, went back for dinner this week.  Both the fish tacos and chicken quesadilla were really good.  Service was very good both times--i like that they provide a cold bottle of water, and replace it.  It wasn't that crowded on Friday evening--but once they offer beer and alcohol, it probably will pick up.  Wishing them success...
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: itsit on September 09, 2018, 08:38:05 AM
 One more accolade. We both had fish entrees and they were super fresh and tasty.The little bits of fresh mango in the fish tacos
along with onions and pepper. Fish cooked perfectly. Fries are just the way I like them with skins on, done but not burnt. They
hit a spot in the neighborhood that was open for this kind of healthy, tasty Mexican food. Yes, the street carts are good but if you
want to sit and have a bit higher quality ingredients, this is the place.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on September 09, 2018, 11:37:57 AM
We had dinner there last night--and we agree the food was delicious. We had the chicken quesadilla and the house salad with grilled salmon. At around 7 PM when we left, the place was literally empty. I hope business picks up for them -- it's a great option and I hope they make it! The liquor license should make a difference. But spread the word--they deserve to succeed.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: frances on September 09, 2018, 11:56:24 AM
Had breakfast at Laly's this AM (based on recommendations here). Excellent chilaquiles and really, really, good pancakes. Highly recommend.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: miw2008 on September 09, 2018, 06:24:15 PM
There for dinner and it was outstanding - had the "Roosevelt Ave" street corn and also the Cemita Burger. The burger itself was cooked perfectly and the quality and the portions were great. Service was really nice too.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Di_11372 on September 11, 2018, 07:04:10 PM

Tried for first time @ lunch today. On of the best quesadillas I've had in a long time.

Happy to see that on a rainy tuesday, there were several other patrons there. They currently have 5 stars on Yelp, so for sure they will be reaping the rewards of that !

Wishing them the best.


Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: PizzaRat on September 12, 2018, 12:54:20 PM
I really wanted to like this place, but I ordered delivery and the food was absolutely terrible. I ordered a "grain bowl," expected it to be like a regular grain bowl I'd get anywhere else, and found that it was like 95% greens with a few miniscule pieces of quinoa and other stuff thrown in. Just really bad and inedible. I also ordered fish tacos which were gross.

I don't like to badmouth restaurants in the neighborhood, because I want them to succeed. So I will probably give Laly's another try in a few months when they've figured some stuff out.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: chrisgeth on September 18, 2018, 12:53:04 PM
My wife and I have been to Laly's twice now. We really love it. I hope the neighborhood embraces it and it sticks around. Both times we've been there we've walked away feeling like we ate very quality stuff.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: francis on September 18, 2018, 09:53:30 PM
Had dinner there the other night and loved the quality of the food. Reasonable prices  and nice, good service.  Will definitely return.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: frances on September 19, 2018, 07:04:23 PM
I had lunch at Laly's today. There were six tables occupied when I arrived, and a few more came in while I was there. Was happy to see it--I'm definitely rooting for them.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Kali on September 25, 2018, 01:46:00 PM
Super excited to see a real food restaurant replace that crappy McDonalds ;D I've only tried the chicken soup which was quite bland but aim to visit soon for a real taste of Lalys.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on September 25, 2018, 05:11:07 PM
I had my first meal at Laly's last night and I can definitely recommend it. Chicken tacos were tasty and service was attentive. I'm hearing that they are starting to get a good crowd for brunch on weekends, so get over there while you can still get a seat  :)
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JHMNY on September 25, 2018, 06:17:41 PM
I had my first meal at Laly's last night and I can definitely recommend it. Chicken tacos were tasty and service was attentive. I'm hearing that they are starting to get a good crowd for brunch on weekends, so get over there while you can still get a seat  :)

Yes! I decided to give it a try after reading all the positive reviews here, and on Yelp. The chicken quesadillas and chicken tacos are great, but I have to say that Laly’s brunch is awesome! The banana nut pancakes are flavorful and have a nice texture. The coffee is good, too! The service is friendly, and it complements the food. Please try it out! It would be nice to have this business succeed.
Title: Re: Lally's Restaurant
Post by: elkler on October 01, 2018, 07:55:21 PM
Highly recommended. I ate there last week. It is my new fav in the hood! Fusion - Mex/US with a touch of French, I think. Food was great, and not expensive at all. The waitress very friendly and helpful.  Slightly reminiscent of La Flor in R'vlt & 52nd, but much better.  Viva Lally's Restaurant!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: am315 on October 02, 2018, 10:20:49 AM
I walk by this place almost every day during dinner hours and it's almost always completely empty. Good reviews here don't seem to be translating into business and one wonders how long they can last with an empty restaurant.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on October 02, 2018, 10:55:18 AM
I walk by this place almost every day during dinner hours and it's almost always completely empty. Good reviews here don't seem to be translating into business and one wonders how long they can last with an empty restaurant.

It's only about a block from El Rico Tinto, which just closed this week, so perhaps all of El Rico Tinto's business will shift over to Laly's. Also, Laly's does have take out and delivery so there's no way to know how much business they are doing that you don't actually see.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on October 02, 2018, 11:12:54 AM
they also may have a little bit of an imaging problem. it sounds like everyone here is raving about their Mexican-style dishes, but they're putting forth "American and Mexican." and the place, while sparkling clean, doesn't have a lot of curb appeal in terms of visuals. it *looks* strictly coffee shop. maybe a bit of decor would help?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on October 02, 2018, 12:07:49 PM
they also may have a little bit of an imaging problem. it sounds like everyone here is raving about their Mexican-style dishes, but they're putting forth "American and Mexican." and the place, while sparkling clean, doesn't have a lot of curb appeal in terms of visuals. it *looks* strictly coffee shop. maybe a bit of decor would help?

Definitely. Laly's has the same problem sP!Lt Mi'lk had. No one can tell what it is.

1. Most of the menu hovers somewhere between diner and trendy american restaurant
2. But most diners and American restaurants aren't called "Laly's."
3. It looks like a diner inside but they are missing a lot of diner food. This isn't a diner.
4. Authenticity is popular now. And when you have a restaurant with a few Mexican items on the menu, a Spanish-sounding name, but the food is mostly "trendy" american food, unfortunately I think some people are going to question the authenticity.

Let's contrast Laly's with the Queensboro. The Queensboro is unquestionably an "American restaurant." How can we tell?

1. It has an American-sounding name
2. The decor is similar to other American restaurants
3. The food is all the type that's served at other American restaurants and it's all of a similar quality (opposed to how Laly's offers Buffalo Wings and a Kale Salad on the same menu)

I think if Laly's re-branded right now they would have a great chance:

1. Choose what cuisine you're going to be: American, Mexican or diner
2. Change the name (and sign) unless you choose Mexican
3. Redo the menu to be all one type of food
4. Change the decor if possible

Good luck
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on October 02, 2018, 12:28:55 PM
Could be the location. The word "American" may have more appeal on Northern than on Roosevelt.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: pajarita on October 02, 2018, 05:35:47 PM
I agree with you on Spilt milk... loved the food, but could not figure out what they were going for.

But I am not sure I agree that this is the problem for Laly's..

Let's contrast Laly's with the Queensboro. The Queensboro is unquestionably an "American restaurant." How can we tell?

1. It has an American-sounding name


What do you mean by an "American-sounding name"?


1. Choose what cuisine you're going to be: American, Mexican or diner


American/Mexican is an extremely popular fusion cuisine, look up Tex-Mex.


Let's contrast Laly's with the Queensboro. The Queensboro is unquestionably an "American restaurant." How can we tell?

1. It has an American-sounding name
2. The decor is similar to other American restaurants
3. The food is all the type that's served at other American restaurants and it's all of a similar quality (opposed to how Laly's offers Buffalo Wings and a Kale Salad on the same menu)


Taking a quick look at the Queensboro menu, I see:
- Spicy popcorn chaat [Indian]
- Shishito peppers [Korean/Japanese]
- Pasta (several types) [Italian-ish]
- Thai Steak Salad [Thai]
- Scallops [Japanese-style I think?]
- Burgers ["American"]


Queensboro doesn't seem to have food that is all the same "type that's served at other American restaurants"... these seem like pretty diverse, fusion options to me.
And they certainly don't offer "all one type of food". IMO, this fusion is working pretty well... if that's what you're going for. I like their food and I like Laly's food. I don't think the suggestion of picking one cuisine, and offering one type of food is necessarily advantageous..

Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: pipman on October 02, 2018, 08:39:15 PM
I am not confused by Laly's menu--had both the mercian fare, the brunch fare and the burger--all were really good.  The burger was better than the one offered at Queensboro.  I find more that I want to eat to Laly's then at the Queensboro--which seems to have a lot of pizza and pasta, but the name is hardly Italian.  Both places are good additions to neighborhood.  Queensboro is very busy serving cocktails, beer and wine.  I think once Laly's starts serving alcohol it may get more crowded.  Hope both continue to do well. 
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on October 02, 2018, 10:07:29 PM
"mercian fare"   ;D
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on October 03, 2018, 10:30:35 AM
I agree with you on Spilt milk... loved the food, but could not figure out what they were going for.

But I am not sure I agree that this is the problem for Laly's..

Let's contrast Laly's with the Queensboro. The Queensboro is unquestionably an "American restaurant." How can we tell?

1. It has an American-sounding name


What do you mean by an "American-sounding name"?


1. Choose what cuisine you're going to be: American, Mexican or diner


American/Mexican is an extremely popular fusion cuisine, look up Tex-Mex.


Let's contrast Laly's with the Queensboro. The Queensboro is unquestionably an "American restaurant." How can we tell?

1. It has an American-sounding name
2. The decor is similar to other American restaurants
3. The food is all the type that's served at other American restaurants and it's all of a similar quality (opposed to how Laly's offers Buffalo Wings and a Kale Salad on the same menu)


Taking a quick look at the Queensboro menu, I see:
- Spicy popcorn chaat [Indian]
- Shishito peppers [Korean/Japanese]
- Pasta (several types) [Italian-ish]
- Thai Steak Salad [Thai]
- Scallops [Japanese-style I think?]
- Burgers ["American"]


Queensboro doesn't seem to have food that is all the same "type that's served at other American restaurants"... these seem like pretty diverse, fusion options to me.
And they certainly don't offer "all one type of food". IMO, this fusion is working pretty well... if that's what you're going for. I like their food and I like Laly's food. I don't think the suggestion of picking one cuisine, and offering one type of food is necessarily advantageous..
I mean a name that makes people think "American restaurant" or "Bistro" or something. Here are some names of actual restaurants in NYC and I bet you can guess what kind of restaurant it is just by the name:

New Dragon
La Pequena Colombia
Bamonte's
Doughnut Plant

Do you see what I'm getting at here? When you hear the name "Laly's" do you think of a restaurant that is serving a steak frites and kale salad?

As far as the food served at the Queensboro. The pasta, shishito peppers, etc is served at bistro style restaurants all over NYC. They did not make that up. And the popcorn chaat is them trying to show they are influenced by the neighborhood.

And if they want to do Tex-Mex, fine. But that's a separate thing and different from "American and Mexican food." They can do what they want but I think some, if not all of my suggestions would help them succeed.

Why do you think they don't have more business?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on October 03, 2018, 10:40:41 AM
Just "Laly's" would be cooler, I think
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: toddg on October 03, 2018, 09:42:13 PM
The implication seems to be that restaurants should stay in a narrow lane and not innovate.  I disagree.  El Rico Tinto was beloved precisely because it added an innovative spin on traditional dishes.  And they expanded on the traditional offerings with excellent burgers, salads, and vegetarian options.

Laly's seems to be aiming for a similar mix, although with a bit less flair than El Rico Tinto.  I think that once people catch on, Laly's will do quite well.  Personally, it took me quite a while just to walk in the door, due to my visceral aversion to McDonald's.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: secret_test_kitchen on October 07, 2018, 12:36:39 PM
We've been to Laly's twice in recent weeks. I highly recommend the cemita burger, which I ordered both times. My wife first tried the chicken quesadilla and the fish tacos next; both were solid choices though she preferred the fish tacos.

For apps, the houses salad was fresh and generously sized, and the Mexican street corn (esquites) was super tasty.

The service was excellent: The gentleman who helped us both visits was friendly and professional. We plan on returning sometime soon to try the steak tacos.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Kali on October 16, 2018, 03:48:14 PM
So I finally tried a dish at Laly's and I had the chicken quesadillas and I found them to be good, nothing out of this world but still yummy. I don't know why people are so concerned with the name and whether it sounds American or Mexican - if the food and service are good, would you really stop going cause of the name Laly's? Honestly, my only concern is that the menu is out of my price range. With so many mexican food options, I can find a more affordable chicken quesadilla that is yummie. The other day I wanted to order a Kale salad for delivery the other day and when I looked at Laly's as an option, I would have had to pay over $20 for a kale salad with added chicken to be delivered. I'm sure their rent is very high so their prices might be influenced by that, but personally I cannot afford to pay that much for a salad.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Dunolly Gal on October 20, 2018, 11:51:03 AM
My little heart wants every small business to flourish, so I know I'm rooting for these guys and may see everything in a rosy light.

Disclaimer aside, I had some rad chilaquiles at Laly's this morning for breakfast. Sunnyside eggs on a high pile of chips with tomatillo sauce, chicken, avocado, cotija cheese, red onion. Added some of their morita hot sauce for a smoky kick. I've also gotten salads and their tortilla soup on other nights. Feel like this place fills a need in the neighborhood for well-executed and satisfying meals that are not super ambitious nor super expensive but still tasty and prepared with fresh ingredients and care.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on October 20, 2018, 12:01:18 PM
I plan to go today. Thanks.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Dunolly Gal on October 23, 2018, 02:01:36 PM
Me again. At home sick and just got a cemita burger delivered and HOLY COW was it good. Perfectly medium rare, oaxaca cheese and papalo on top, sesame seed bun. I feel ever more confident in my endorsement of this place.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on October 23, 2018, 02:08:11 PM
I've been three  times and every time was good! Maybe I will try take-out/delivery at some point.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on October 23, 2018, 07:56:47 PM
Please everyone try to patronize this place! I just walked by on my way home and it is totally empty except for a few kids who look like they belong to the employees, sitting at tables drinking sodas. The food is really good--we have to make sure this place survives!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: idahomie on October 24, 2018, 10:00:41 AM
Just want to put in another good word for Laly's. It has become our go-to place for delivery on weekday nights when we are too busy to cook. I'd estimate we've ordered from them about ten times. The food is always warm when it arrives, despite the fact that we live a distance away (85th/35th). It is delivered promptly and is carefully packed/packaged. The owner, who usually delivers the food, is very friendly. And most importantly, the food is delicious! It is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and is always perfectly cooked and seasoned.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Olivesta on October 24, 2018, 12:50:00 PM
We’re going to go there for brunch on Saturday. However, I think they could
help themselves more - eg thr web site still has a picture saying”restaurant coming” which would leave someone to believe its not open yet. I mentioned this to the staff the
Other day when I picked up a menu but when I checked it’s still the same.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on October 25, 2018, 07:18:41 AM
We’re going to go there for brunch on Saturday. However, I think they could
help themselves more - eg thr web site still has a picture saying”restaurant coming” which would leave someone to believe its not open yet. I mentioned this to the staff the
Other day when I picked up a menu but when I checked it’s still the same.
I’m actually helping them with that. Hang tight. Really want this place to do well, and wanted to do more to push them along.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Lilybell on October 25, 2018, 09:03:47 AM
Mr. P, that's so nice of you.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Olivesta on October 25, 2018, 02:38:49 PM
Yes agree Mr P. Glad you’re on it, I was hoping someone was. Also any news on the liquor license?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: am315 on October 25, 2018, 05:22:04 PM
This appears to be the JH restaurant everyone loves but no one ever goes to.

Every day the place is completely empty.

Call me puzzled.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on October 25, 2018, 05:59:45 PM
I liked it too, but have such a limited diet nowadays that I can't really enjoy eating in restaurants anymore. :~(
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Matt on November 10, 2018, 09:15:08 PM
I finally tried this place. I got the Laly's burger and I was really impressed. It was cooked perfectly and was very tasty. The fries that came with it were really good as well. I liked it much better than Emoji Burger which I think relies on the toppings too much. I'll definitely be back. My only complaint was the pickle - too sweet for me, but it did seem fresh. I got my order to go and it came neatly packed.

The place was empty on a Saturday night around 7. One of the people working there mentioned that they will be getting their liquor license soon, which should help. If the rest of the food is as good as the burger, this place should be packed. The problem is definitely not the location. The interior is nice too.   

It's great to see a chain close (McDonald's) to be replaced by a local business and not the other way around. If you haven't tried this restaurant yet, you should. It's the best burger I've had in the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: petster on November 11, 2018, 10:34:39 AM
Couldn't agree more! The quality of the food is a step up from most places in the surrounding area.  If you haven't tried this place, give it a shot!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Bel84 on November 13, 2018, 08:46:41 PM
I was persuaded by all the chat to take out chicken soup from Laly's. It was really good. Very fresh and well seasoned.  Next up the vegetable quesadilla. I hope they make it but of course that would mean we have to eat in and not just take out. I'm willing.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Dunolly Gal on November 14, 2018, 03:43:39 PM
The chat is real! I was gonna reheat leftovers last night but caved and got the shrimp quesadilla, and it was so damn good.

How do we get this place the diners it deserves?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on November 19, 2018, 08:36:26 PM
I tried the Butternut Squash soup and some of the Esquite the other day, it was fantastic!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on November 19, 2018, 10:20:26 PM
Ordered delivery tonight--salmon, red quinoa, beets and kale pesto. Delicious! It's still mostly empty every time I pass by. People: let's keep this place in business!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: wk067781 on November 21, 2018, 11:30:34 AM
Sorry but $19 dollars for the Salmon in Queens?

$10 dollars for a breakfast Bacon, egg and cheese??

https://www.seamless.com/menu/lalys-restaurant-75-19-roosevelt-ave-flushing/926163/menu-item/34932961

No thanks
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: queenskid2 on November 21, 2018, 01:26:40 PM
I don't think $19 for a salmon entree is expensive.  What should it cost, $10?  And why should salmon be less expensive in Queens than it is in Brooklyn?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on November 21, 2018, 09:16:43 PM
Re: prices--it's not a deli or a coffee shop and you can't compare the prices to what a breakfast sandwich costs at a deli. I often order grilled salmon from Ricky's, which basically is a coffee shop, and it's $16.00 served with either salad, pasta, or vegetables. Laly's serves salmon with red quinoa, roasted beets, and kale pesto sauce. It's a bit fancier and more upscale, hence the price difference. I also get salmon with rice and veggies from Just Made 4 U--I think it's also around $16 and again, more basic ingredients than at Laly's. I like them all, by the way. But you don't get quinoa at Ricky's or Just Made 4 U.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: eddie on November 25, 2018, 05:29:50 PM
Sorry but $19 dollars for the Salmon in Queens?

$10 dollars for a breakfast Bacon, egg and cheese??

https://www.seamless.com/menu/lalys-restaurant-75-19-roosevelt-ave-flushing/926163/menu-item/34932961

No thanks

this place is definitely pushing the prices... was going to order a burger, $15!... i passed as well.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on November 25, 2018, 07:57:10 PM
re: pricing?

well, Jax Inn, my go-to for delivery burgers, is $12 or $13 for a deluxe.

for the record, i haven't tried a Lety's burger, so i can't compare the two items.....
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on November 25, 2018, 08:25:10 PM
Laly's burgers range from $13 to $15. That's on par with Bareburger, which is my go-to place for a burger. Theirs are $11 to $15, with $11 getting you something quite basic.

Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JHResident on November 26, 2018, 12:30:49 AM
Tried to go here twice, but alas, no parking within a reasonable walk. Seems like Ubers, Lyfts, and spouses take every parking spot while waiting to pick up commuters. If patrons have to walk by two or three restaurants on their way to Laly's the a good chance the nearer restaurant will distract them. Maybe next week.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Miss Chatelaine on November 26, 2018, 11:32:52 AM
We finally had a chance to eat-in at Laly's last week. I had the burger and it was excellent. The fries were even more delicious! It's hard to imagine it's possible to get such a high-quality burger and those fries (!) anywhere else close-by.

I haven't eaten anything from Jax Inn or Bareburger in a while so couldn't compare with theirs, but I have had my share of Emoji burgers and there is no comparison. (And I enjoy them.)  Plus, an Emoji burger and fries start at around $10 and go up from there, so I think Laly's prices are quite reasonable and well worth it for the quality.

We've also had delivery from Laly's a couple of times and every dish we've had has been consistently good.

I really want them to succeed and hope they get a liquor license soon as I'm sure that will help them quite a bit!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: eddie on November 26, 2018, 12:05:19 PM
Emoji burger has good burgers and fries for 10-12$. $15 is really pushing it IMO. Laly's is definitely one of the more high prices casual spots i've seen in JH.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on November 26, 2018, 12:14:14 PM
Emoji burger has good burgers and fries for 10-12$. $15 is really pushing it IMO. Laly's is definitely one of the more high prices casual spots i've seen in JH.

There's also a $13 burger at Laly's.

If someone wants to go out to eat and can't afford the extra $1 to $3 for a burger, then yeah, I guess they should stick to cheap places.

I haven't tried the burger yet at Laly's, but I like high quality burgers (when I do get them) and I feel confident that Laly's would be high quality.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JHMNY on November 26, 2018, 12:23:53 PM
Here's a pic of Laly's menu from Yelp shared in October by Yelper, Dizzy G. The higher priced burgers are their signature Cemita Burger, and the Demo Burger. Going by the descriptions, they seem reasonably priced. Laly's also happens to have great Yelp reviews overall on their food.

(https://i.imgur.com/Mt2hsJK.jpg)
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Liz on November 26, 2018, 12:33:56 PM
I've eaten at Laly's twice and was extremely pleased.  I haven't made it to the burgers yet, but a friend ordered one while we were out together and she was pleased, it looked excellent.  I've had the vegetable quesadilla, the tacos, my husband had the huevos rancheros - can't say enough good things about all the food - very fresh and reasonably priced for the quality.  I appreciated that the waitress steered us away from one item and towards another she thought was better.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: eddie on November 26, 2018, 02:32:52 PM
Here's a pic of Laly's menu from Yelp shared in October by Yelper, Dizzy G. The higher priced burgers are their signature Cemita Burger, and the Demo Burger. Going by the descriptions, they seem reasonably priced. Laly's also happens to have great Yelp reviews overall on their food.

(https://i.imgur.com/Mt2hsJK.jpg)

prices are higher on grubhub, which they are not supposed to do. but that's a whole nother topic...lol
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: eddie on November 26, 2018, 02:34:22 PM
Emoji burger has good burgers and fries for 10-12$. $15 is really pushing it IMO. Laly's is definitely one of the more high prices casual spots i've seen in JH.

There's also a $13 burger at Laly's.

If someone wants to go out to eat and can't afford the extra $1 to $3 for a burger, then yeah, I guess they should stick to cheap places.

I haven't tried the burger yet at Laly's, but I like high quality burgers (when I do get them) and I feel confident that Laly's would be high quality.

or maybe some people just don't like feel like they are being overcharged...first it's $1...then $3... soon you're paying $20 for a burger. nothing to do with not being able to afford a burger...lol
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on November 26, 2018, 03:08:59 PM
Emoji burger has good burgers and fries for 10-12$. $15 is really pushing it IMO. Laly's is definitely one of the more high prices casual spots i've seen in JH.

There's also a $13 burger at Laly's.

If someone wants to go out to eat and can't afford the extra $1 to $3 for a burger, then yeah, I guess they should stick to cheap places.

I haven't tried the burger yet at Laly's, but I like high quality burgers (when I do get them) and I feel confident that Laly's would be high quality.

or maybe some people just don't like feel like they are being overcharged...first it's $1...then $3... soon you're paying $20 for a burger. nothing to do with not being able to afford a burger...lol

Some can't pay $13 for a burger, others don't want to. I guess those are the people who won't go to Laly's but will go to Emoji for an $11 burger instead. Or, perhaps they will just stay at home and cook their burger in their own kitchen.

Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hum@njukebox1 on November 26, 2018, 08:12:09 PM
I'm a pretty good cook and make most of my meals at home, but I can't make a good burger to save my life.  Anyone have any secrets to making a good burger?  Without a grill.

Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ptbass75 on November 26, 2018, 08:20:56 PM
Sorry but $19 dollars for the Salmon in Queens?

$10 dollars for a breakfast Bacon, egg and cheese??

https://www.seamless.com/menu/lalys-restaurant-75-19-roosevelt-ave-flushing/926163/menu-item/34932961

No thanks

this place is definitely pushing the prices... was going to order a burger, $15!... i passed as well.
We're also comparing Roosevelt to 37th Avenue places. I'm not sure how exorbitant the rent is on Roosevelt but I've heard 37th Avenue is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JHResident on November 26, 2018, 09:35:04 PM
Anyone have any secrets to making a good burger?  Without a grill.
A little off topic but a sous vide circulator and a cast iron pan gives good results. See the Food Lab at SeriousEats for details: https://www.seriouseats.com/2015/08/the-food-lab-complete-guide-to-sous-vide-burger.html
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: theplanesland on November 27, 2018, 10:27:00 AM
I went there for breakfast the other day and had terrific chilaquiles. I'd totally recommend it for a special-occasion breakfast place, although it's just a touch too expensive for me to go there very frequently. Delicious chilaquiles. Yum.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on November 27, 2018, 12:58:03 PM
I'm a pretty good cook and make most of my meals at home, but I can't make a good burger to save my life.  Anyone have any secrets to making a good burger?  Without a grill.

Use chopped meat with 20% fat or more. Use a thick bottom pan. Let pan sit on a medium high flame for 5 to 10 minutes before putting burger in.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on November 27, 2018, 01:06:04 PM
I don't think the prices are too expensive. $12 for a burger with fries is a diner price.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hum@njukebox1 on November 27, 2018, 03:47:53 PM
JHR and Benny B -- thanks for the tips.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on November 27, 2018, 04:14:38 PM
I sincerely think people ought to try the food rather than write it off based on price alone. Laly’s is not a diner. I wouldn’t compare it to one.

That said, I strongly encourage people to go and dine in. The Seamless prices aren’t the fine-in prices. They, like some other restaurants, try to offset the cut Seamless takes by upping the prices. You can also just call Laly’s directly and place an order. That aside I encourage all to go just to be there and show support. They need butts in seats. Really don’t want to see this place quietly go under. Especially when they’re so good.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: pipman on November 28, 2018, 07:38:14 AM
Not sure what all the complaining is about, the prices are reasonable and their burger quality is superior to Emoji (which I find greasy) and the diners in the neighborhood. Call directly for delivery--I have called 3 times and it has been very reliable and packed well.  it's a great addition to restaurant options in neighborhood.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on November 28, 2018, 09:55:37 AM
The french fries are exceptional at Laly's.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Liz on December 07, 2018, 06:30:10 AM
I love Lalys - the food is excellent and fresh.  I think the prices are reasonable.  I can't understand why the place isn't packed.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hum@njukebox1 on December 07, 2018, 12:49:14 PM
Unfortunately, I believe there are a great many people living in the historic district of Jackson Heights that simply will not patronize the establishments along Roosevelt Avenue........even if they are a cut above the rest.  Perhaps business would be better had they located along 37th Avenue?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 07, 2018, 12:59:30 PM
Truth.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on December 07, 2018, 12:59:46 PM
Unfortunately, I believe there are a great many people living in the historic district of Jackson Heights that simply will not patronize the establishments along Roosevelt Avenue........even if they are a cut above the rest.  Perhaps business would be better had they located along 37th Avenue?

I don't think they would do much better on 37th Ave. It looks like a diner but it's not. It has some dishes at a higher level of quality (and price) but the style and furnishings don't match.

But I think you were right to bring up the people who live in the historic district because that's probably who they are trying to attract with a kale salad and steak frites.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Di_11372 on December 07, 2018, 06:50:09 PM

I believe wholeheartedly that its mainly the location, I've have lived in JH for 12 years now & I am well aware some people simply choose to avoid Roosevelt ave, as they see it as too gritty.....

That being said, I know its a very clean establishment & the food is very good,but is there anything they can do, to make it more inviting aesthetically?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: KDGHP on December 07, 2018, 08:04:38 PM
That being said, I know its a very clean establishment & the food is very good,but is there anything they can do, to make it more inviting aesthetically?

I honestly think that it would be AMAZING if they commissioned a local muralist to paint along the side and back brick walls that right now are covered in pretty sad-looking graffiti. Could be a nice touch and nod to the neighborhood. Also maybe clean the graffiti on the front window?
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on December 08, 2018, 06:22:16 PM
Have you seen the prices at Jax Diner lately? That place is pretty expensive, and it's clearly a diner. I think with Laly's it's the combination of the location, which has never housed the sort of place it aims to be, and yes, the look of the place. It's not bad-looking, it just doesn't have a look that matches the menu in any way. It looks similar to Ricky's, so it comes across as a diner, although it is not. Plus the lack of a liquor license? It's really too bad--I go by there often and it always looks nearly empty.

But you know, the location on Roosevelt is not necessarily a bar to "people from the historic district" patronizing a restaurant. Himalayan Yak is over there, and I think that place is pretty popular, and the Korean chicken place is also on Roosevelt and people seem to like that. And there are a number of places further west on Roosevelt or very near--Sri Pha Phai or however you spell that, and a few other places whose names I can't recall that are either on or right near Roosevelt--that are popular and even pretty upscale. The place I am thinking of is in Woodside and is small, very nice, and really high priced.

So all in all, I think it's more the look of Laly's that doesn't match the food that may be the biggest drawback.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on December 09, 2018, 08:42:57 AM
you're thinking of Casa del Chef. and i agree whole-heartedly with what you're saying about the look of Laly's not matching their intent as a restaurant.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: itsit on December 09, 2018, 08:51:37 AM
Agreed that there is something lacking in the ambience. Could they make the place a little less of a fishbowl? This is another
deterrent when there are fewer customers in that some people equate a busy restaurant with a good restaurant. I think the
food is swell here at Laly's but they could use some tweaking with different ideas suggested here to make more business.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 09, 2018, 09:23:54 AM
Yep. Design in a restaurant is crucial.

Queensboro and E77 and Arepa Lady and Arunee Thai get it right.  (Rico Tinto did too. As well as countless restaurants all over NYC!)

Maybe they can learn from these establishments.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on December 09, 2018, 01:12:02 PM
Unfortunately, I believe there are a great many people living in the historic district of Jackson Heights that simply will not patronize the establishments along Roosevelt Avenue........even if they are a cut above the rest.  Perhaps business would be better had they located along 37th Avenue?

That's not true, I live in the historic district and Laly's has become my favorite place in the hood easily. Their food is really good quality and tasty, and the prices are not bad at all for what you are getting. It's not THAT much more expensive than some of the lesser places around, if at all really.

I also like Queensboro for something that's similar to Laly's, but I like that I can just swing by on my way home and grab something to-go from Laly's since it's right by the train station.

I suspect when they get their liquor license things will be changing for them. I've seen a couple people just stop by then leave because they wanted to get a pint with their burger. They were really close to getting it apparently, but I would imagine it's not going to be until the beginning of the year now that the holidays are imminent.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 09, 2018, 04:02:14 PM
ah, abc et al., you wear me out. Laly's is a diner. It sells burgers and pancakes. Even Denny's has a steak plate and Hispanic fare. I don't know why you write that decor is important to you when rico tinto had barely a nice decor; a nice mirror and wall hanging, but kinda dark. I hated sitting in the back by the kitchen/toilet. The fishbowl comment has me scratching my head. Laly's is comparatively spacious. Maybe sit at a table, not a booth? Or vice-versa if the light/windows bother you? I am comfortable at Laly's. Their burger and fries is 11 or 12 dollars, a competitive price for a combo at any diner these days. Salads are overpriced everywhere.

I agree with hum. There is a portion of our population that just isn't comfortable on Roosie (ok, Rosie). I'm not prepared to call it a prejudice per se, but it is an unfamiliar environment for many. I'm sure you've heard that Americans sometimes feel like they are in a foreign country. This is that.

Laly's could do some advertising within the district to invite more folks to venture there, and per hfm, at the train station to grab in transits, but I fear the location will be their undoing.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on December 09, 2018, 05:09:13 PM
oh, once they tear down the 7 train, or enclose it, jetsons-style, the gringos -- GRINGO GRINGO GRINGO -- may be okay with the thoroughfare.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on December 09, 2018, 06:10:15 PM
Re: location--there is a place on Roosevelt in Woodside called La Rosa or something like that? Is that still there? Anyway, it is very similar in a way to Laly's--very good food, but right on Roosevelt and near a set of stairs to the 7, I think, and all glass walls. I remember liking the food but finding the ambiance--you pretty much felt like you were sitting on Roosevelt right under the 7 train--a bit unpleasant. And I recall thinking that if there were drapes, or just walls with some sort of cozy interior decor, I would enjoy sitting there more. It's not a pretty view, you have to admit. But that place seemed to be popular and successful in spite of the location and glass walls.

And I have to disagree with the idea that Laly's is a diner--it most definitely does not have a classic diner menu, and the quality is a step above most diners (not all--some diners are outstanding). At what other diner do you get kale pesto and red quinoa with your filet of salmon? That's how it's served at Laly's. Seriously, just because it serves burgers and pancakes does not mean it's a diner.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 09, 2018, 10:14:49 PM
ah, abc et al., you wear me out.

It's 2018, nearly 2019. NYC. 

Folks don't put up with places without great ambience.

Diners or anything.

Even McDonalds are updating their premises all over town.



Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 09, 2018, 10:24:05 PM
whaaaat? too cryptic for me, dssjh.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 09, 2018, 10:35:34 PM
So what is it, ljr? a bistro? Who cares what you call it, it's still the same clientele that won't be going down to Roosie for dinner.

Ricky's makes Coconut Curry Shrimp. Does that make it a tropical and SE Asian restaurant?

Quinoa is a grain that you prepare by putting it in a pot and adding water. It's ready when the water is absorbed. It's not anything special.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 09, 2018, 10:38:12 PM
Well, I admit I'm of a lower class. I also don't technically live IN the district. I'm on 88th.

You wouldn't believe the dives I go to.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 10, 2018, 08:36:36 AM
Well, I admit I'm of a lower class. I also don't technically live IN the district. I'm on 88th.

You wouldn't believe the dives I go to.


This has nothing to do with low class.  Dives have their own design aesthetic. New hip places in Brooklyn have opened specifically designed for that retro "authentic" dive look.  It's simply a question of taste.

When I first moved into the neighborhood there was a Latino restaurant next to Armondos that was real charming.  It burned down with the rest of Bruson Building.

Charm is the secret.  The key. Whether that's a dive, a bodega selling tacos out the back or a restaurant on Roosevelt.  Even the Four Seasons Restaurant with its "mid century chic"  in Midtown had to consider the "charm factor".

The trouble with Lalys is that it has no real look.  It's bland.

And if I wanted to dine in "bland" surroundings I could eat in the  Port Authority bus terminal.



Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: N00b on December 10, 2018, 11:51:41 AM
it baffles me that people would rather eat at a restaurant with mediocre food and "good decor" rather than a place with good food and bland or bad decor. Talk about bad taste.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 10, 2018, 12:35:15 PM
it baffles me that people would rather eat at a restaurant with mediocre food and "good decor" rather than a place with good food and bland or bad decor. Talk about bad taste.

Competition is too cut-throat here in NYC.

You gotta have both excellent food and brilliant decor.

Cause we all have that choice here. 

Maybe in a small town you have to put up with blandness.  But not in a vibrant/dynamic city like NYC.

Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on December 10, 2018, 05:33:54 PM
Wow. Definitely some insufferable people in here. It's good food, the prices are fair, staff is super friendly.. what else do you need? I really like it. Definitely adds to the neighborhood options in a positive way. Is it perfect, of course not nothing is. Is it damn good? Yeah.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 10, 2018, 07:56:49 PM
Decor doesn't have to be expensive to be great.

It just needs creativity and personality.

Eating out is a total experience.  food + ambience.

At the moment, that place looks like it should be serving porridge.  The look of the place doesn't match the creativity of the food, obviously.

But it should, to attract folks and passer-bys.  The Brazilian joint manages to look enticing. That's on "Roosie" not far. I go to the Brazilian place because it looks appealing.  And the food is good. Plus the prices are fine. Phayul is a tiny place where the decor is great cause you feel like you're in a Tibetan person's kitchen. It's unique. Plus the momos are good.

Prepared delicious food should look special.

So should the venue!





Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on December 10, 2018, 08:45:56 PM
The point isn't to criticize and snipe--it's to try and figure out what could help the place get the level of business it deserves. It's very hard for any restaurant to make a go of it in NYC. This one deserves more customers than it appears to be getting so far.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 10, 2018, 10:23:02 PM
The point isn't to criticize and snipe--it's to try and figure out what could help the place get the level of business it deserves. It's very hard for any restaurant to make a go of it in NYC. This one deserves more customers than it appears to be getting so far.

Really, all they need to do, to begin with, is paint the walls a nice warm hue of orange or yellow!  To get rid of that beige look. Check out what E77 has done.  It's not rocket science!  :)

With all the light/windows they have, bright earthy colors will work.  Eg Ochre.

Beige with too much light is washed out...bland...and that's where they have gone wrong.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 11, 2018, 05:48:49 AM
You're right, ljr. Up here in the 80s we have the same concerns for Sac's Pizza.

I think it has to do with group identification and self segregation. It's a topic that I have touched upon, but has to be broached gingerly. People today don't want to talk about these issues.* I don't want to upset anybody, or get kicked off the forum.

*while some want to virtue signal.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on December 11, 2018, 06:13:27 AM
re: the Brazilian "joint," looks like a catered office event from the outside. I would never think of that place as inviting.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: cultartist on December 11, 2018, 09:42:45 AM
Wow, I think it’s very inviting and cheery.   Comfortable booths, bright and airy, roomy, no TVs, extremely friendly and attentive service, really great food (try the chilaquiles!).  And I was told when I had breakfast there yesterday that they’ll be opening their bar this week with a full liquor license.  I truly hope they get some support and can stick around.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on December 11, 2018, 09:59:44 AM
You only need decor if you are going to charge a higher price and serve Steak Frite and Quinoa.

---> The decor has to match the menu and vibe. <---

Lali Guras across the street and Coatzingo around the corner do not look that nice inside and that is part of their vibe. If I was going to think of "Jackson Heights Tibetan restaurant" Lali Guras fits it perfectly. Or "authentic Mexican restaurant." Coatzingo fits that.

Laly's needs to adjust their decor to fit the menu, prices and vibes
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Jec_in_JH on December 11, 2018, 10:40:50 AM
I don't post here a lot, but the nitpicking and negativity is completely out of hand. 

To me, the restaurant is clean and spacious and low-key in a good way. The food, which to me is the most important reason for visiting a restaurant, is tasty and unique to the neighborhood.

I feel like the non-restaurant owners/hobbyist design aficionados should go somewhere else on the internet to critique commercial interiors. To bash this place over and over is doing a disservice to an amazing new local business.

Owners and managers of Laly's: I am a loyal patron and I do my best to tell everyone I know to try out your restaurant. I hope others will continue to do the same.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: 80JHer on December 11, 2018, 10:53:09 AM
abc...is not wrong.  If you are a new restaurant competing, do something different and make it a place you want to actually hang out.  look at queensboro, one of the only places with a nice ambiance in the the hood.  its packed every night.   

however, that's not why i haven't  gone.  its all location for me.  Who wants to hang out on Roosevelt at night? 

prostitution is essentially legal,  drugs deals are in plain sight, homeless, trash everywhere, no flow on sidewalks due to laughable amounts of violations, zero police pressence.  its essentially the definition of seedy.   not my idea of a place to go with kids for dinner. 
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Jec_in_JH on December 11, 2018, 11:20:30 AM
More unnecessary hyperbole. I walk down Roosevelt every day and it is not as extreme as portrayed.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: 80JHer on December 11, 2018, 11:26:54 AM
no exaggeration.  walk between 77 to 80 th st.   always same dudes with ear pieces in on corner of 79th,  always ladies offer "massage".  tons of seedy go go dance bars. 

you might be cool with it and consider it family friendly, but i'm certainly not. 

[Moderator's note: Please stay on topic.  We are discussing a restaurant, not the neighborhood.]
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on December 11, 2018, 12:12:33 PM
I don't post here a lot, but the nitpicking and negativity is completely out of hand. 

To me, the restaurant is clean and spacious and low-key in a good way. The food, which to me is the most important reason for visiting a restaurant, is tasty and unique to the neighborhood.

I feel like the non-restaurant owners/hobbyist design aficionados should go somewhere else on the internet to critique commercial interiors. To bash this place over and over is doing a disservice to an amazing new local business.

Owners and managers of Laly's: I am a loyal patron and I do my best to tell everyone I know to try out your restaurant. I hope others will continue to do the same.

The point of our posts is not to bash it. It is to give them advice that will help them increase their business. We want them to succeed. The food is good but that's not all it takes to run a restaurant that people will go to.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Jec_in_JH on December 11, 2018, 01:17:23 PM
The negative comments on this post are basically asking this place to cancel their current lease, find another location that doesn't cost 20k a month, and hire a Manhattan design firm so that you can possibly, just possibly, feel comfortable eating there. And then you'll complain about the price of the food going up. Maybe you're not the best customer base to seek out. In the meantime, I'll keep talking it up. 

If Roosevelt is seriously too worrisome for people, it's easy enough to walk down 76th Street from 37th Avenue.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: pipman on December 11, 2018, 07:01:10 PM
Have to weigh in with all the odd posts here on the decor.  For me food and service outweighs decor, and comparable to most places in JH this is more comfortable. A few pluses for not having large TVs and neon lighting.  I like that the windows mostly face 76th street and you do not get too much noise or view of Roosevelt...  Agree, they can make some adjustments to decor to add warmth, but that is hardly a deterrent.  Menu is pretty simple, so the decor does not need to be white table cloths (I think Romeo's the new Italian has that) and it isn't trying to be a trendy Brooklyn restaurant (Queensboro is trying to be that).  I think that business will pick up with the bar--many people like to drink with Mexican food.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 12, 2018, 08:51:31 AM
Too much hyperbole happening on this subject.

There are restaurants that are buzzing in the neighborhood.

If I were a restaurant owner, I would try and learn why they are busy and I was not.

And not take any criticism personally.

It's business. The market tells you what they want by COMING INTO THE RESTAURANT. Or not.

And my job as a business owner would be to listen to the market.
 
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on December 12, 2018, 10:02:01 AM
there's often a long wait at Phayul, so one might presume that a stuffy, overheated room up a narrow set of stairs is appealing to denizens of the neighborhood.

Kababish is also buzzing well into the wee hours, so copying that model -- limited menu, little to no seating, delicious organ meats -- might also be wise.

different strokes for different folks.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on December 12, 2018, 10:32:01 AM
there's often a long wait at Phayul, so one might presume that a stuffy, overheated room up a narrow set of stairs is appealing to denizens of the neighborhood.

Kababish is also buzzing well into the wee hours, so copying that model -- limited menu, little to no seating, delicious organ meats -- might also be wise.

different strokes for different folks.

Actually, Phayul and Kababish are exactly the type of restaurant that people would expect NOT to have a nice decor and ambiance. They appeal to people who are looking for low-priced food from their home-country, and also to foodies (like me) who are looking for exotic and authentic food.

Laly's does not qualify because it is none of those things. It isn't low-priced (at least not as low as Phayul, Kababish, Lali Guras, etc), it has few authentic Mexican dishes and it's not exotic enough to attract foodies.

I think families and young professionals are their target demo so they should do their best to either make it into either a quick and easy take out spot (like Emoji Burger or Just Made 4 U) or a comfortable family/date night restaurant.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 12, 2018, 10:47:04 AM
Yes.

At the moment, Laly's restaurant has no defining personality. Personality is a form of ambiance.

Now it's kinda bland. Beige.

Is the name Middle Eastern?  I thought it might be be.  But no, it's Mexican.

Is the food Mexican? Not really.

I just can't tell from the decor (Phyul/Kababish for instance are obvious from the second you enter)

Even McDonald's tells me what to expect from their look.

Laly's oughta choose a BRAND/LOOK for themselves.  Bland is not a brand.

Limited take out menu is.  Crowded  momo joint is.  Brooklyn cool = Queensboro. Columbian arepas = Arepa Lady. Fast food is obvious. Chuck e Cheese is pretty clear as to what to expect.

The list goes on.  Endlessly.

Laly's seems to be trying to be everything to everyone and ends up being confusing.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: BennyB on December 12, 2018, 04:47:39 PM
Exactly
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Bailey on December 13, 2018, 12:29:51 PM
Walked by Laly's last night and the bar looks to be up and running! There were liquor bottles behind the bar and many bottles of beer on display. I hope this will help business pick up for them.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JHMNY on December 13, 2018, 12:43:09 PM
We are still waiting on our liquor permit. Once we get the OK, we plan on offering local craft bottled beers as well as Mexican beers. We are currently working on getting a draft beer system put together. Our cocktail menu will consist of , fresh margaritas with choices of fresh flavors available to add. Not only margaritas but we will also add some signature cocktails that will include fresh ingredients as well.

The above is from an earlier post by Rigo, Laly's manager. The liquor license news is exciting! I'm looking forward to pairing a nice cocktail with one of their delicious quesadillas. ;D
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Dunolly Gal on December 13, 2018, 02:47:45 PM
I am a big fan of this place and so am rooting for it. If they can get draft beer going I think they could draw a lot more people--a lot of thirsty JH folks with few options for beers on tap who rotate between E77, Queensboro, and UFC, and would love another choice!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on December 16, 2018, 12:45:07 PM
As predicted, the acquisition of the liquior license has helped quite a bit. I passed by and there were quite a few people at the bar and more eating than normal, and it was pretty early in the evening.

All this hyperbole about the decor and location is just that, hyperbole. It's definitely over-the-top. The decor, while not super Brooklyn-Williamsburg-Park-Slope level hip, it's not nearly BAD.

If you want to keep avoiding it for these petty reasons, go right ahead. I probably don't want to be in earshot of your conversations anyway.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on December 16, 2018, 01:17:16 PM
hfm--as we have been explaining repeatedly, the commentary about how the place looks is meant to be helpful. Why would people who don't like or support the place be interested in posting about how it looks? The people who are posting are trying to figure out why Laly's is not doing more business in order to help them do more business so they can stay in business for the sake of people who like their food. It's not "sniping"--I don't know why you think it is. Because their food is so good, we are wondering why they are always mostly empty and speculating on possibilities for changing things that could help.

I am glad to hear they looked busier to you last night. We actually were considering having dinner there last night, and we passed by around 7 PM, and it was almost totally empty at that time. We wound up eating at home, and honestly I think one reason was that they looked empty, and I think there is a kind of psychological thing about going into an empty or almost empty restaurant: it's not so much that we would think the food is bad there, that's not the reason we decided not to stop in because we know the food is good. It's just kind of uncomfortable/depressing to be the only patrons in a fairly big restaurant. But that's neither here nor there--I'm glad their business might be picking up.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on December 16, 2018, 11:28:10 PM
hfm--as we have been explaining repeatedly, the commentary about how the place looks is meant to be helpful. Why would people who don't like or support the place be interested in posting about how it looks? The people who are posting are trying to figure out why Laly's is not doing more business in order to help them do more business so they can stay in business for the sake of people who like their food. It's not "sniping"--I don't know why you think it is. Because their food is so good, we are wondering why they are always mostly empty and speculating on possibilities for changing things that could help.

I am glad to hear they looked busier to you last night. We actually were considering having dinner there last night, and we passed by around 7 PM, and it was almost totally empty at that time. We wound up eating at home, and honestly I think one reason was that they looked empty, and I think there is a kind of psychological thing about going into an empty or almost empty restaurant: it's not so much that we would think the food is bad there, that's not the reason we decided not to stop in because we know the food is good. It's just kind of uncomfortable/depressing to be the only patrons in a fairly big restaurant. But that's neither here nor there--I'm glad their business might be picking up.

If you guys feel that strongly about it you should approach them and let them know of your ideas. I'm sure they would consider the community feedback.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 17, 2018, 09:22:40 AM
Constructive criticism is not sniping.

It is a way to learn from the potential customer base.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: EmmBee on December 17, 2018, 06:07:01 PM
I had brunch there yesterday with a couple friends.  We had a great meal.  It was pretty quiet, but at one point I think all the booths were full.

I think those big huge windows are a blessing and a curse.  If it's empty, it's obvious that it's empty and people keep on walking.  Hopefully they will get to the point where it's popular and it will be obvious that it's popular.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on December 23, 2018, 10:11:23 AM
I had brunch there yesterday with a couple friends.  We had a great meal.  It was pretty quiet, but at one point I think all the booths were full.

I think those big huge windows are a blessing and a curse.  If it's empty, it's obvious that it's empty and people keep on walking.  Hopefully they will get to the point where it's popular and it will be obvious that it's popular.

Or people could get over themselves and give it a try. That's the only way I've found great places in the neighborhood is just trying them for myself. Other's opinions can only take you so far, you should form your own with experiences.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JessEscalera on December 30, 2018, 06:15:34 PM
Laly’s is definitely an underrated gem in the neighborhood.  My husband desperately wanted a local place with a good steak frite and Laly’s does not disappoint.  I have to say I was really waiting for the liquor license which they now have!  Seriously don’t miss out, this place is family owned and such an upgrade from McDonald
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: abcdefghijk on December 30, 2018, 06:29:21 PM
Hey, the festive decorations make it look more welcoming.

They should keep them up!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on December 30, 2018, 07:03:33 PM
it works for Rolf's
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Fedup on January 01, 2019, 05:16:55 PM
We also tried Laly's -- twice in the past week. And while the food is incredible, I just can't keep paying prices that are $5 or $5 more than the average restaurant in Queens.

We ordered a chicken quesadilla and it came with nothing but it still cost $13! That's outrageous. We also ordered tres leches cake which was also very tasty but at $8/slice for half of what you get at other places, it seems like a rip off.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JDinJH on January 01, 2019, 05:52:04 PM
I went to Lally's and the prices seem about right considering the quality of the food.  Everything is fresh and well made.  Other places are cheaper, but sometimes you have to pay a bit more for quality and/or ambiance.  Unfortunately, my dining bills have gone up slightly ever since Lally's acquired its liquor license - I am halfheartedly complaining.  In fact, I am planning on increasing Lally's rotation on my list of restaurants. 

My spouse, however, has complained about the windows and the sense that there is no privacy.  I think it would be nice if they put some kind of art and/or decorations that would give diners a sense of privacy and also give the restaurant more of a personality, both on the inside and outside - depending on the art and/or decorations. 
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: hfm on January 06, 2019, 09:38:37 PM
I went to Lally's and the prices seem about right considering the quality of the food.  Everything is fresh and well made.  Other places are cheaper, but sometimes you have to pay a bit more for quality and/or ambiance.  Unfortunately, my dining bills have gone up slightly ever since Lally's acquired its liquor license - I am halfheartedly complaining.  In fact, I am planning on increasing Lally's rotation on my list of restaurants. 

My spouse, however, has complained about the windows and the sense that there is no privacy.  I think it would be nice if they put some kind of art and/or decorations that would give diners a sense of privacy and also give the restaurant more of a personality, both on the inside and outside - depending on the art and/or decorations.

Do people make the same claims about privacy at Queensboro? There's windows all over the outside walls.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Di_11372 on January 27, 2019, 03:05:25 PM

Ate at Lalys this weekend , I like to judge a restaurant by the simply things, for example, their grilled chicken sandwich is outstanding...... it obviously starts with very fresh ingredients. Glad to see they had a good sunday lunch crowd.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Bel84 on January 30, 2019, 09:11:50 PM
Had a wonderful meal there on Saturday Jan 26. Booths were filled, service was good, shrimp enchilada delicious. When we find a good find we have to support it & keep it going! I was a fan of Zaytoun and think they would have survived if more people knew about them.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dotley on January 31, 2019, 07:54:30 AM
I also think Laly's would benefit from having some kind of window treatment. Roosevelt Avenue is not visually appealing as it has a dark and dirty feel to it.  Not appetizing. Aroma Brazil does a brisk business and it is on Roosevelt but when one eats in there Roosevelt Avenue is "far away".  I too was sorry to see Zaytoun close.  I think it was in the wrong location and their timing was bad.  If Target was there; more foot traffic and potential customers.  He might do better on Northern Blvd or Roosevelt Avenue. 
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: fillmorep on February 03, 2019, 02:59:39 PM
I stopped into Laly's yesterday on the way home from Manhattan. I ordered the breakfast special,which was $11.00. I got two somewhat greasy over-easy eggs, some tasty hash browns, two strips of bacon, also a little greasy, exactly one piece of toast, and a small cup of coffee for which i was charged $2.50, I later discovered. The butter that came on the side for the toast was pretty well frozen, and it was accompanied by the usual grape jelly. The final bill was $14.70 and I left a tip. So in the end, I felt that i was charged nearly $20 for a basic diner breakfast.

I'm afraid that I won't go back in the hurry. Yes, they were busy, which is great. And the service was friendly. But nothing in the meal justified the cost. Somehow the charge for the coffee galled me the most.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on February 03, 2019, 04:22:42 PM
those prices are fairly typical, but free coffee as part of a breakfast special is implied in the contract of being a new yorker. an upcharge is off base.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on February 04, 2019, 10:30:03 AM
Not that you don’t have a right to be satisfied with what you got, but I wouldn’t have gotten such a basic breakfast there. They really excel at their non-diner dishes. Because...well, they’re not a diner.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: JH3525 on February 04, 2019, 10:46:07 AM
I fully understand that restaurants have enormous overhead and must charge what they charge to survive.  However, I can't imagine spending $20 for breakfast.  The last time that I had a meal at a restaurant was in January 2016 when I took someone to Okawa Restaurant for their birthday.  I prefer preparing my own meals which gives me control over the quality of the ingredients, how its prepared and how its seasoned (I never use salt).  With an annual six figure income and a significant net worth its not about saving money.  I have the same breakfast every morning which is fresh made carrot & beet juice, oatmeal with blueberries and coffee for $1.60.
I realize that I'm very bad for the local economy but I enjoy preparing meals and dining at home.   
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: Di_11372 on February 05, 2019, 01:25:51 PM

Sorry but I find it strange that an individual who is committed to not eating at restaurants is making comments about restaurant food/prices ??
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on February 05, 2019, 08:34:56 PM
A restaurant voyeur, possibly--and one who can calculate the exact cost of his/her homemade breakfast, to boot. If you need to avoid salt, I guess it really is best to stay out of restaurants.  For me, eating out is entertainment and a social event and a way to avoid drudgery/too many dishes to wash. It gives me more than just the meal, so I consider it worth the price.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: MrPlaza on February 05, 2019, 10:30:54 PM
For me, eating out is entertainment and a social event and a way to avoid drudgery/too many dishes to wash. It gives me more than just the meal, so I consider it worth the price.
Hear! Hear! We’re way off topic now, but agreed. I don’t eat out simply for sustenance. But to each their own. I feel like a JH Supper Club is in order...

I’ll create a separate thread. Lol.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: idahomie on February 05, 2019, 11:39:38 PM
For me, eating out is entertainment and a social event and a way to avoid drudgery/too many dishes to wash. It gives me more than just the meal, so I consider it worth the price.
Hear! Hear! We’re way off topic now, but agreed. I don’t eat out simply for sustenance. But to each their own. I feel like a JH Supper Club is in order...

I’ll create a separate thread. Lol.

Please do. And if there’s a JH Supper Club, I’d be an active member!
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on February 06, 2019, 09:19:38 AM
Well that's an interesting idea, a Supper Club! But then would I have to meet in person the people I've been insulting anonymously on this board? LOL. (I actually did meet someone who lives in JH at work recently and found that he/she does frequent this board and wondered what his/her moniker was and if I'd ever had an argument with him/her.)
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: jeanette on February 06, 2019, 12:12:16 PM
Well that's an interesting idea, a Supper Club! But then would I have to meet in person the people I've been insulting anonymously on this board? LOL.

That's why I use my name on social media. There is nothing I would write that I wouldn't say to someone's face.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: dssjh on February 06, 2019, 12:21:24 PM
i met one (lately absent) person when i bought some things from her at an apartment sale....but we never clashed, and she was lovely in person.
Title: Re: Laly's Restaurant
Post by: ljr on April 02, 2019, 09:06:36 PM
Stopped by for dinner on my way home tonight and really enjoyed it--I've noticed they've been busier lately and hope that trend continues. The food is excellent and it's a nice, mellow atmosphere, very pleasant, attentive service--please, people, let's patronize this place!