Fung Tu will Close Next Month to Make Way for ‘Nom Wah Tu’ Expansion
Fung Tu has a month to live.
The Chinese-American restaurant will bow out on August 31 after just under four years at 22 Orchard Street. Despite several changes on the ground – both in menu and aesthetics – the team decided a “much larger change was needed.” So co-founders Wilson Tang and Jonathan Wu will hang onto the space, and create another spinoff of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Nom Wah Tu, as it’s called, will be a casual restaurant intended to “combine Nom Wah’s classic Chinatown flavor with chef Wu’s more modern and playful tastes.” It opens in September.
Tang is doubling down on the family-owned Nom Wah, expanding in a big way. The new branded outpost is the fourth in the city’s stable, behind Nom Wah Nolita and Nom Wah Kuai. (There is also a restaurant in Philadelphia.)
Fung Tu first opened at 22 Orchard Street in November 2013. Its arrival netted an array of positivity from food critics across the press. However, the business experienced significant difficulties in late-2015 as Scarr’s Pizza got up and running in the south store. The basement gas lines were allegedly interrupted, and kitchen staff was forced to cook without proper hookup for two months (i.e. their “no gas menu”).