There’s a new “creative Chinese” spot coming to 22 Orchard St, the block just above Canal. According to documents filed with Community Board 3 today, Jonathan Wu and Wilson Tang are applying for a full liquor license, in a storefront once occupied by a wholesale noodle company. Wu, a Per Se alum, has been popping up lately at Bowery Station. Tang is a partner at Bowery Station and also owns the Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street.
The application indicates the restaurant, called “Fung Tu,” will be open from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week. There will be 34 tables and a bar with six seats. This place does not appear to be another Nom Wah, Chinatown’s oldest dim sum parlor. The sample menu in the application includes items such as: smoked mussels in scallion oil; parker house steamed buns; and whole steamed fish with fennel and tangerine peel, chili and fermented black beans.
This stretch of Orchard Street is becoming something of a restaurant block. It already includes Fat Radish, Leadbelly and Cheeky Sandwiches. At one point, the Fat Radish team had planned to open another restaurant at 22 Orchard.
Tang is a member of CB3’s SLA Committee, the panel that reviews liquor license applications. He’ll obviously have to recuse himself from next month’s deliberations. The committee meets May 20, 6:30 p.m. at 189 Allen St. See the menu below: