‘Tang Hotpot’ Soft Opens on the Bowery

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 at 5:07 am by

The so-called tech incubator of 135 Bowery just sprouted its first restaurant. Tang Hotpot, under construction since last spring, is finally ready for consumption. It soft opened for business last night.

“The flavor and ingredients over [in Chengdu] have never been seen in New York,” owner Yu Li told Grub St. “I don’t see any good, authentic hot pot in New York right now.”

Tang Hotpot – a loose spinoff of The Tang in the East Village (opened last year) – is described as a “mix of modern Chinese with high-end New York restaurants.” Li hired Yan Zhang, whose credits include the 150-year-old Beijing roast-duck chain Quanjude Duck and Canadian hotpot chain Morals Village.

Menu of various broths is below. Dessert also includes selections from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and matcha-and-black-sesame shaved ice.

Caspi Development acquired the rebuilt 135 Bowery – it was an historic 1818 row house previously demolished with help from Councilwoman Margaret Chin – for $16.2 million in October 2015. The firm bet big that this nook of the Bowery would become a high-tech sibling of Astor Place (it’s not fuckin’ Midtown South). Not so much, it seems, as it was placed on the market back in July for $25 million. There were no takers, according to public record, and listings removed.

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