‘Doka Square’ Nearing Completion on Delancey Street
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Doka Square is making fast work of 53 Delancey Street (aka 141 Eldridge). The forthcoming seventeen-table concept seized the corner location after Marly Building Supply dismantled its presence and shipped out to Brooklyn. Since then, the build-out has been progressing nonstop.
Sidewalk shed arrived a couple months ago; the exterior was officially retrofitted two weeks ago; corner signage was just installed yesterday. At this rate, we can reasonably expect an opening by end of month. Doka is vying for honors as one of the quickest retail turnarounds in quite some time.
The beverage plan at Doka took a hit in February, though. Ownership originally sought a full liquor license, but Community Board 3 shot that down. Given that owner Kin K. Ma has no prior NYC experience and that the enormous store at 53 Delancey was previously unlicensed (not to mention the slow creep of Hell Square South), the advisory board coaxed the company to settle on a wine-beer arrangement first to develop a good rapport with the neighborhood.
Here’s the menu for Doka Square, with dishes by recently hired chef Rick Horiike. It certainly keeps with the tradition of Chinatown cheap eats; those cocktails will just have to wait, though.