Photos by Clay Williams
Acclaimed chef Dale Talde’s Three Kings Restaurant Group (comprised of Dale, John Bush and David Massoni), which operates The Heights and Massoni at the Arlo Hotel, Brooklyn’s Atlantic Social and Talde Brooklyn, Jersey City and Miami Beach locations, is back with a full-scale Asian-fusion eatery inside Joie de Vivre’s recently-opened Chinatown boutique, Hotel 50 Bowery (already home to the group’s rooftop bar, The Crown). The eighth addition to Three Kings' growing fleet, this brand new spot showcases an ambitious menu from executive chef Jae Lee (Momosan Ramen & Sake, Zuma Restaurants) celebrating America’s diverse immigrant makeup by merging the culinary traditions of cultures as far reaching as China, the Philippines, Mexico, the Middle East, India and the Caribbean. Here’s what you need to know before you go:
The design mirrors the eclectic cuisine
The 180-seat venture is sure to turn heads, not only for its buzzy celebrity backer, but also for its vivacious, street-inspired decor, including eye-popping graffiti by local artist Ewok One and raw industrial fixtures like steel beams, cement columns, domed metal lamps and hulking, Chinatown-inspired rice silos suspended above the 11-seat bar. At once polished and down-to-earth, the interior gives off a cool, modern vibe, featuring an exposed kitchen, long glossy wooden tables, roomy leather booths and striking golden accents.
The communal atmosphere extends to the plate
Shareable dishes include fragrant pho soup dumplings, crispy-skinned duck glazed with a jerk-hoisin sauce and Old Bay-dusted lobster fried rice. While it’s possible to enjoy a meal here solo, exploring the adventurous lineup with friends is undoubtedly half the fun. Check out the full menu here.
Whole Jerk Roast Duck with jerk-hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber, scallion, steamed buns
Early birds are more than welcome
The lively outpost also serves breakfast daily, treating the coffee crowd to the same bold flavors found in the evening menu plus some familiar classics. Pancakes, omelets and lox-topped bagels from nearby hotspot Black Seed rub elbows with dinnertime offerings like candied roast pork buns and vegetable mapo dumplings with soy-chili sauce.
The cocktails are crazy creative (including one involving a Pocky stick)
The equally gutsy beverage program highlights one-of-a-kind creations like the Little Pink Corvette, an effervescent blend of hibiscus syrup, sake and prosecco and Miranda’s Right, a copper-hued Manhattan-like combo of peppery Rittenhouse rye, amaro, triple sec and chocolate bitters, garnished with a stick of chocolate-dipped Pocky. A fittingly international wine and beer list along with a variety of sakes are also on hand.
All-day dining is on its way
While weekend breakfast and room service is already underway, the spot plans to add lunch and brunch to its roster in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for updates, including a much anticipated local delivery roll out.