The family-owned Soothsayer, a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant at 171 Avenue A between 10th Street and 11th Street, is now going by Chao Chao.
Here's more about the new venture via its website:
Chao Chao means a number of things in Vietnamese, depending on various accent marks and their placement. All meanings are food and hospitality related: a welcoming “hello”, a warming “soup”, delicious “meatballs”, or “shrimp balls” a sizzling “wok”, and, the accentuation used for the restaurant’s name, tangy “fermented tofu”.
Chao Chao is the brainchild of Stuy-Town native, Stephan Brezinsky. The concept is based in his life experience, growing up around Alphabet City in the 90s, listening to the Beastie Boys, and going home to feast on his mother’s Vietnamese home cooking.
Here's a look at the menu...
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Soothsayer closed without any notice to patrons at the end of September. They were on CB3's SLA October docket for an upgrade to a full liquor license. (CB3 issued a denial on the license.) Soothsayer opened in January.
As for No. 171, it was the former home of 171A, a studio used by the Beastie Boys, Bad Brains and Reagan Youth, among other bands.