It’s ‘Bongos’ for An Choi on Orchard Street
It took more than a year to fill those shoes, but there is finally a replacement for An Choi on Orchard Street. With a familiar face, at that.
An Choi ended service at 85 Orchard Street in July of 2020 after serving Vietnamese cuisine to the Lower East Side for more than eleven years. Now, the principals behind four-year-old Kind Regards on Ludlow Street – Michael Bray and Noble Harris – are together joining the party south of the Delancey Divide.
Liquor license application materials reveal the new concept as Bongos, a self-described “neighborhood bistro offering warmth, hospitality, and a good time” that will be a “tribute to the Lower East Side and our time here.” The new establishment boasts a menu of American classics like a half-pound burger (advertised as big enough to share), crispy chicken, chopped salads, and a rotating selection of daily pastas.
They seek operating hours with closing time of 2:00am daily (midnight Sunday and Monday), and 9:00pm for the rear yard.
Bray and Harris will appear before Community Board 3 on Monday to pitch Bongos for full liquor license. If all goes to plan, the new bar is expected to open in March 2022.