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Aug 30, 2011 06:46 PM

Places soon to open in the Village...seeking info ...WONG, SILVER SPOON & POP'S de BKLYN

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

Silver Spoon
53 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

Pop's of Brooklyn
42 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Don't know about the other two, but here's what I read about Wong on Eater a month or so ago:

    I think it sounds interesting and will definitely give it a try.

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    1. re: loratliff

      Thank you very much. Cafe Asean was always a good call, and I didn't know that was Wong's pedigree. The crudo dish and that ragu noodle one look pretty toothsome.
      I've noticed Pop's is serving. The burgers look a lot more tempting than Johnnie Rocket's ever did and this staff actually smiles at you when you enter. Maybe it'll be a good addition to the neighborhood. Even being able to get a decent shake would be a boon. My curiosity is eating me up as to what they're doing in that huge space where Silver Spoon is going in. If they have decent noodle soups, they'll be popular when the weather gets colder.

      Cafe Asean
      117 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

    2. >They promise Korean food, salads, noodle soup, sandwiches and it's a huge space, where Freeman's was ...

      Freeman's ... you mean Rockwell's Express?

      Rockwell's Express
      53 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: squid kun

        Sorry, Squid, I knew I had the name wrong. Yes, Rockwell's. The nicest people were working there, I used to get fries sometimes, which were actually freshly dropped, instead of laying around, but I never dared to try main courses. I've watched a variety of potential leasers look through the space with brokers. It must be a fortune in rent. I'm stoked that it'll present new options at lunch.

        1. re: sing me a bar

          I liked what I'd heard about the custom patty ingredients but never got around to trying it.