137 Rivington Street

‘Otaku Katsu’ Debuts on Rivington Street

Posted September 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

Otaku Katsu, a new Japanese tonkatsu concept, debuts today at 137 Rivington Street. Chef Dimitri Voutsinas and his wife Christine Argao-Voutsinas took over the lease from the prior tenant, Tong Katsu. The fifteen-seat restaurant is a fast-casual concept that offers a variety of katsu and Japanese sando bentos, in addition to fresh made onigiris. Customers […]

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TongKatsu Replaced by ‘Otaku Katsu’ on Rivington Street

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

Over on Rivington Street, TongKatsu becomes… …Otaku Katsu. Ben Tong, owner of the former, reportedly reassigned the lease after its shutter to husband-wife team Chef Dimitri Voutsinas and Christine Argao-Voutsinas. Otaku Katsu occupies the same below-grade space at 137 Rivington, and offers a variety of katsu and Japanese sando bentos, in addition to fresh made […]

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TongKatsu is Kaput After Less than 2 Years

Last modified July 24, 2019 at 9:39 am

Pencil in another restaurant failure at 137 Rivington Street. TongKatsu, the fast-casual Japanese spot, recently went out of business. The first sign of trouble was a post to Instagram two months ago, in which Chef-owner Ben “Seraph” Tong announced that the one-and-half-year-old establishment would be “closed for awhile” but hoped to be “up and running […]

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Mazeish Closes to Make Way for ‘TongKatsu’ on Rivington Street

Last modified November 29, 2017 at 11:10 am

Mazeish is no more, replaced instead with another fast-casual concept of a different cuisine. TongKatsu announced itself with a new illuminated canopy at 137 Rivington Street just before the Thanksgiving holiday. TongKatsu is described as a “Modern Japanese Inspired Quick Casual Restaurant.” Chef-owner Ben “Seraph” Tong leads the show here, and tells us that it […]

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It Appears ‘Mazeish’ is Eyeing an Exit from Rivington Street

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:09 am

Mazeish Grill on Rivington Street is looking for a way out, it appears. Just over two years after opening in the former Pok Pok Phat Thai space, new real estate listings are surfacing. The self-proclaimed “Persian Mediterranean grill,” which debuted in December 2014, is now on the market for $5,000 in rent, plus unspecified (yet […]

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Mazeish to Bring ‘Persian Mediterranean’ Cuisine to the Former Pok Pok Space on Rivington

Posted December 10, 2014 at 5:33 am

Chef-owner Andy Ricker packed up Pok Pok Phat Thai back in September, and relocated the business from the Lower East Side to a much larger space in Brooklyn. It’s the natural trajectory these days. Well, not long after the departure from 137 Rivington Street, butcher paper was placed in the windows of the sub-level store. […]

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Andy Ricker Closes Pok Pok Phat Thai on Rivington Street to Prepare for Brooklyn Move

Posted September 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Seems like forever ago that Baohaus actually held court in the tiny sub-level space at 137 Rivington Street. When Eddie Huang moved the business to Union Square in 2012, Portland chef Andy Ricker swooped in with Pok Pok Phat Thai. Now, nearly three years after its debut, Pok is packing up. It’s relocating to – […]

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Pok Pok Coming to 137 Rivington in Wake of Baohaus Departure

Posted October 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

Local chef impresario Eddie Huang abandoned his Baohaus post at 137 Rivington Street last week.

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Eddie Huang’s Baohaus at 137 Rivington Shutters

Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:18 am

Controversial restaurateur Eddie Huang is now divested from the Lower East Side food circuit.

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Baohaus Seeking Astronauts for Its Workforce

Posted December 13, 2010 at 6:18 am

The frequent job listings for Baohaus at 137 Rivington Street are becoming increasingly hilarious with each successive Craigslist post. Indeed, we’ve already seen attempts in the recent past to attract those with a love of Pyrex and Billy Jean.  Chef restauranteur Eddie Huang sure knows how to entertain with his “help wanted” ads. To the […]

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