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

Those Iconic Village Voice News Boxes Disappeared from the Streets

The Village Voice news boxes have seemingly disappeared from the city streets. So swift was the apparent removal, you may not have even noticed. The disappearance comes roughly two months after the weekly publication announced that its print edition would cease to exist. Indeed, the final physical issue ran on September 20, with Bob Dylan […]

‘RISE Coffee’ Unveils New Takeout Window at Dudley’s on Orchard Street

Nearly two years after its streetside debut beside the A. Turen boutique, RISE Coffee is expanding. The company just colonized a new takeout window south of the Delancey Divide. RISE Coffee, particularly the nitro cold brew, is now available from the window of Dudley’s Deli at 85 Orchard Street. Twin boards now flank the spot, […]

La Caverna on Rivington Street Proposes Expansion into 3-Level Nightclub

La Caverna on Rivington Street is eyeing an expansion on Rivington Street that would create a multilevel compound. The large office space at 124 Rivington Street – operational headquarters for the Bluecore e-commerce business since April 2015 – has been up for grabs for more than a year. For much of that time, the landlord […]

Revived ‘Lam Zhou’ Dumpling Mecca Opens on the Bowery

Chinatown dumpling darling Lam Zhou reopened this past Wednesday, returning to the ranks of the living with a much larger footprint. New headquarters is now at 40 Bowery, with a sign proclaiming that menu and ownership remains the same. The upgrade still preserves that no-frills setup, yet on a grander scale. Its long and narrow […]

10-Story ODA Condos Amidst Ascent on Chrystie Street

Ten stories of additional upper-crust glitz is on its way for the Chrystie Street midsection… Indeed, the ODA-designed condo at 165 Chrystie Street started its ascent last month, and is progressing upward quite quickly. As of now, the structure is sitting at over six stories. This sudden burst in activity follows more than a year […]