Cornelia Street's mini restaurant row has a newcomer, which opens to friends and family, today, and the general public on Thursday, September 8, 2011: Wong. No, it's not an offshoot of the famous Wong's Restaurant in Kauai, but to judge by its pedigree (the executive chef / owner is Simpson Wong of the longtime neighborhood favorite, Cafe Asean), Wong may just become an institution in its own right.
I dropped by the restaurant, today, as staff were preparing for tonight's soft opening. The menu has not been finalized, but it'll include a medley of offerings from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, made with mostly locally sourced ingredients. (Chef Wong is, I believe, of Cambodian descent.) Where Cafe Asean's decor is shabby chic and eclectic -- a bit like a well decorated college dorm room -- Wong is considerably more sleek. Modern lines, blonde wood and white brick keep the space bright.
There are always new restaurants opening in the West Village, but this is one I'll make a point to try. The average price of mains will be around $17, according to Time Out.
Previous Eater.com coverage here.
Additional Girl Eats City coverage here.
7 Cornelia St. (between W. 4th & Bleecker Streets)
New York, NY 10014-4129