Baohaus, 137 Rivington Street.
There’s news today about a couple of Lower East Side restaurants. First, Eddie Huang told Eater and then started blogging about his decision to close his original Baohaus restaurant, at 137 Rivington Street. Huang says he wants to focus on his new 14th Street establishment and was just spread too thin. The restaurant will shut down after Sunday.
Second, Grub Street reports that Iacopo Falai is probably not opening a new trattoria on Clinton Street. He has already closed Falai, his more formal restaurant on Clinton and seems poised to shut Falai Bakery. Here’s how he explained the situation to the food blog:
“I need to sell Falai first,” (he) said, indicating that the other project is up-in-the-air. (A rep e-mailed this morning to say the project isn’t happening.) The toque alluded that he could resurrect Falai restaurant elsewhere. “It’s the cooking I do,” he explained, and he hopes to continue it “in some other form.” The Lower East Side might just not be right anymore: “It’s mostly bars now,” he lamented. “Or people want tapas, small plates. They go out at 10 p.m. — at 10 p.m. Falai was closing.”
In Lower East Side food/restaurant news:
- Michael Huynh is changing the concept at 154 Orchard again. Bia Garden never caught on, so he planned a course correction, turning the place into an Asian tacos destination. Weeks after the new venture was supposed to open, however, Huynh tells Eater he’s changed his mind. The new plan: a Thai/Vietnamese restaurant called Andy ‘n’ Bao.
- Fatta Cuckoo on Clinton Street soft-opened this weekend. Via Twitter, they’re beckoning us to come by for cocktails (although we later found out they were closed Monday).
- Today at Baohaus: “$10 TV Dinner;” braised pork on rice, fish cakes with smoked ham hock, and eight treasure stir fry.
So much for Xiao Ye. Eater reports that Eddie Huang’s new restaurant on Orchard Street is shutting down, in the wake of the big all-you-can-drink Four Loko catastrophe. A few nights after the event, the State Liquor Authority raided the restaurant, destroying the caffeinated malt liquor concoctions. But Eddie says that was not the end of it. The SLA has apparently been targeting Xiao Ye for underage drinking, fining the restaurant on three separate occasions. The liquor license has not been pulled, but it looks like the state was moving in that direction. Eddie tells Eater he’s clearing out 198 Orchard today. Some new projects are on the horizon. But for the moment, Eddie will be focusing on his first restaurant, Baohaus.
What looks to be a mouth-watering panel on “LES Food Fusion” with local chefs/business owners Eddie Huang (BaoHaus, Xiao Ye), Christina Seid (Chinatown Ice Cream Factory) and Mark Israel (The Doughnut Plant) is taking place tonight at the Tenement Museum as part of their Tenement Talks series. Jenny 8. Lee, New York Times writer and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicle, will moderate. // FREE // 6:30p // 108 Orchard St.
From "Choice Eats"
As Feast reported on Friday, the tiny Taiwanese steamed bun joint Baohaus is expanding, just four months after opening on the Lower East Side. Chef/owner Eddie Huang is opening Crackhaus (yes that’s really the name), a full service restaurant on Orchard, somewhere between Houston and Delancey.
It’s been quite a ride for Huang. Great reviews and a stint on the Food Network has made him a popular guy (especially with investors, it seems). It just so happens, Huang is also a fairly prolific blogger (where does he find the time?) After the news about Crackhaus made the rounds in the blogosphere on Friday, Huang chimed in with some thoughts (controversial ones) of his own. See excerpts from his post, after the jump: