The Wu Room, a new club in the basement of the Wyndham Garden Chinatown, is starting to attract some attention. The Times’ T Magazine is featuring a slide show from a fashionable art/dance party in the space. Later this month, the operators will go before Community Board 3 with their liquor license application.
According to documents filed with CB3, the Wu Room is run by Kenny Kaufield (The Grayson, 16 1st Avenue) and Li Juan Gu, managing partner of the Lam Group. Proposed hours are 7 a.m.-midnight in the cellar space and 7 a.m.-2 a.m. on a patio that faces Hester Street. The application suggests the bar inside the hotel lobby is also part of their operation.
The Wyndham Garden Chinatown is located at 93 Bowery. The community board’s liquor licensing committee meets March 14.
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the November issue of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
Along upper Orchard Street one sparkling fall afternoon last month, young shoppers strolled in stilettos, popping in and out of the tiny, trendy boutiques that seem to multiply overnight lately. The perfume of fresh-cut flowers banked along a new corner bodega wafted down the block, overlaid with the pungent smell of roasted garlic from one of the pizza joints. Shopkeepers hawked leather goods on the sidewalk while workers hammered away inside Mi Casa Es Su Casa, yet another new restaurant opening soon. A woman with a suitcase asked directions to The Hotel on Rivington. A few blocks south, a group of tourists set out from the Tenement Museum for a walking tour of the way things used to be.
This eclectic mix — of the fashionable and the old-fashioned, the outgoing and the up-and-coming — forms a large part of the Lower East Side’s charm and draw. Combined with cheaper real estate prices than most of the rest of Manhattan and easy public transit access to more tourist-centric parts of the city, the neighborhood’s character helps paint a portrait of a place that developers could envision new hotels succeeding.