Friday, August 13, 2010

The Rhong Tiam dilemma: Stay (and remodel) or go


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Grub Street has the official word on what's up with Kurve/Rhong Tiam on Second Avenue and Fifth Street:

"Andy Yang tells us he has closed the East Village outpost of Rhong Tiam. “It was a miscalculation,” he says of its predecessor Kurve, with its infamous Karim Rashid design." (Above!) He's also considering whether to remodel it (bringing the kitchen upstairs) and reopen it with a less off-putting d├ęcor, or to simply let go of the space, Grub Street notes.

What do you think? Remodel or let it go?

Previously on EV Grieve:
Kurve/Rhong Tiam's long, strange trip is apparently over

6 comments:

Lisa said...

I actually sorta like the interior - it looks very Mad Men/1960s architectural, and stands out from the usual places that proliferate in the area. Sorry he wasn't able to make a go of it, but whether he keeps it and remodels or lets it go, we'll be losing an interior with real individuality and imagination. Maybe if he put in 28 TVs...

Ken Mac said...

Mad Men meets Korova Milk Bar! Pour me some nipple ready synthe-mesc!

blue glass said...

the last two interiors were enough!
maybe it was ok for a movie set
but to actually spend 2 seconds there?
can't take any more.
let it go.

Anonymous said...

Nauseating.

Leesy said...

OK, I admit it did look completely out of place in the area. Overall, I thought the look was sort of cool but agreed that it was just too clubby looking to feel comfortable going on more than one occasion. However, their food was fantastic! Best drunken noodles around, and I've tried them all. That said, the interior meant that I only ordered it for take out. Give it a rustic re-do and bring it back!

Goggla said...

I like the interior, but maybe more blue than pink...that would make is more "space agey" and less womb-like...