‘Congee Bowery’ Temporarily Closes for Hot Pot Tune-up
Congee Bowery is currently down, but apparently not out. The twelve-year-old Chinese restaurant closed a couple weeks ago for a total makeover. It’s essentially a transformation in both menu and layout.
Once the month-long renovation period is complete at 207 Bowery, the reinvigorated Congee Bowery will focus on hot pot style instead of traditional Chinese cooking.
Below is the full description from the Congee Bowery website:
Our Bowery location will be temporarily closed for renovation beginning Apirl 10th 2017. The renovation will take approximately one month and our restaurant is going to change to hot pot instead of traditional Chinese cooking once the renovation is finished. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to serving you with a better dining experience.
The Congee Village one-two punch began in 1996 with the sprawling location at 100 Allen Street. Lou Holtzman’s Eastside Sound recording studio had operated for decades on what would later become the mezzanine level of the restaurant; Holtzman moved the business to Forsyth Street in 2000. Its original description claimed the restaurant was “on the outskirts of Chinatown, in an area not on the tourist radar.” That couldn’t be any further from the truth these days.