I noticed something called WONG is opening on Cornelia St., just west of 6th Ave. I've been seeing a large group of staff sitting at a central table each afternoon, plotting their attack. I really hope they have a good chef who will put out fairly priced Asian food. We need it. If it is another rip joint with an over-the-moon rent they have to satisfy each month, it'll die an awful death. The surfaces look hard and acoustically unforgiving. I asked someone attached to the place what they'd be serving. They said " Asian fusion", which scares me. This could mean onerously priced Asian food in teenie servings for Villagers too lazy to go to Canal St. There is a chalkboard up on the wall giving prices on wines by the glass, which look pretty expensive. Drinking wine instead of beer with Asian food is like drinking milk with haute cuisine French, but so be it.
Then there's SILVER SPOON which will open next to COSI on 8th St. This looks the most hope-inspiring. They promise Korean food, salads, noodle soup, sandwiches and it's a huge space, where Freeman's was, the rib/burger hellhole that never took off. Then, we are all curious about POP'S OF BROOKLYN, coming in where the dreaded JOHNNIE ROCKET'S once lay. This I would call as being most likely to be a s***show, since reviews of the original POP'S in Bklyn read like hate mail. That is an accursed corner, too, but BURGER CREATIONS has survived a block east, so, hey, it could happen for you!
7 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014
53 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003
Pop's of Brooklyn
42 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003