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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #45 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.



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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #46 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #47 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #48 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #49 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #50 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #51 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  :)

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #52 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.

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Re: Lally's Restaurant
« Reply #53 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!

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #54 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #55 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.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #56 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?

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #57 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

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #58 on: October 02, 2018, 12:28:55 PM »
Could be the location. The word "American" may have more appeal on Northern than on Roosevelt.

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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #59 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..


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Re: Laly's Restaurant
« Reply #59 on: October 02, 2018, 05:35:47 PM »