Rhong Tiam Express on Orchard Launching Exclusive Backroom

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 at 6:40 am by

A new semi-secret speakeasy is to open soon on Orchard Street. Yesterday afternoon, a Boogie reader informed us that neighborhood newcomer Rhong Tiam Express was taking a page directly from the Crif Dogs/PDT playbook, and launching an exclusive backroom for “VIP” members.  Definitely a concerted attempt to cultivate cool.  We stopped by later in the day to find out more.

Rhong Tiam Express at 154 Orchard Street predominantly operates as a take-away joint, but converted the back “garden” space into a private dining room of sorts.  People wishing to dine under the stars will need to call far in advance for a reservation that’s supposedly hard to obtain; early response in soft open was reportedly strong.

The backroom is accessible through a somewhat secret-looking door with a wall-mounted payphone-lock.  Those lucky enough to score a “VIP” status will be given the six-digit password to gain anytime entry.  Membership entitles you to first round on the house for life (or as long as they’re in business).  Beer and wine only, though, as Rhong Tiam does not possess a full liquor license.

The employee who gave us the tour maintains that the private seating area can be categorized as falling somewhere between an exclusive nightspot and PDT.  It’s slated to launch on Friday.

Recent Stories

Photo: Eater
‘Mission Cantina’ Goes Under After 3 Years on Orchard Street

Mission Cantina – chef David Bowien’s kitchen chameleon at 172 Orchard Street – is reportedly donezo. The three-year-old restaurant has been closed of late, its Caviar page deleted, and phone line disconnected. Patrons have also shared their farewells on social media over the last week. Bowien’s luck on Orchard Street hasn’t been the best. You’ll […]

van-gogh-mural-7th-stb9022
Clayton’s Corner: Around and Around the LES [PHOTOS]

I walk and a nod around the community, taking in the odd smile and moments of lamenting. First, there’s Michael Lydon, a musician player for a number of years on the street with the 9th Street Stampers; he lives on 9th Street… …And here’s the legendary Sock Man, who’s returned with a new location 99 […]

Photo: Commend
‘Commend’ Record Shop Introduces Collaboration Effort on Forsyth Street

Just a little over a year after Salvor Projects’ shuttering, a record store-meets-community space has filled the void at 172 Forsyth Street. Commend is the physical manifestation of record label RVNG, and has recently started a series of artist collaborative efforts. The latest being “COMMEND See.” COMMEND See is an endeavor that identifies artists working in different […]

Photo: Cooper Square Committee
Toldedano Tenants Hold Banks Accountable for ‘Predatory Lending’ to Slumlords

Predatory Equity: the harmful practice of investing equity to buy rental apartment buildings at inflated prices. Predatory equity investors calculate that they can replace poor and working people with new tenants willing to pay much higher rents—thus bringing higher profits in a hurry. Utilizing predatory equity is one of the main tools in the slumlord […]

232eastbroadway-painted
Sorry, Flight of the Conchords, Your New Zealand Consulate will be Demolished

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Bret (present) and Jemaine (present), but there won’t be any more band meetings with Murray at 232 East Broadway. Yup, your (fictitious) New Zealand Consulate (in HBO’s beloved cult series “Flight of The Conchords“) will soon be razed. You’ll need to find a new location for those Flight of […]