Friday, March 5, 2021

About Nudibranch, bringing a pop-up tasting menu to 130 1st Ave. this month

Nightmarket closed earlier this year at 130 First Ave. near St. Mark's Place. But there has been activity inside the space of late. 

Eater had the scoop yesterday on what's been happening here.

Two Momofuku Ssäm Bar alums have teamed up on an exciting, new tasting menu pop-up that's running in ... through the end of this month. Nudibranch ... is a collaboration between chefs Victor Xia and Jeff Kim, and the first solo project for the duo. 
Kim and Xia met working at Ssäm Bar several years ago, and teamed up on Nudibranch last year to create a menu that paid homage to all the kitchens they've cooked in around the city as well as the food they love eating everyday.  
While the menu incorporates several Asian ingredients in various dishes, the chefs don't want that to be the defining factor of the project. "We hate the term Asian fusion or pan-Asian," says Xia. "That is how a lot of people just want to describe food like this. But if you look at the menu you won't really be able to tie it down to any particular cuisine. Not having to label it is something we really enjoy."

Visit the Nudibranch website here for more details.

Nightmarket, a quick-serve Taiwanese restaurant specializing in braised beef noodle soup, opened in July 2019, taking over from NuNoodle.

Photo from January by Steven

6 comments:

Choresh Wald said...

No mention of Rainbow Records in this post ?!?!?

Grieve said...

Loved the Birdman and how he knew where every obscure CD was in those stacks!

Anonymous said...

Damn, RIP Nightmarket. The closure happened recently, I just ate there around a week or two ago. They had some amazing dishes and they were at least fairly original for the area. I feel they never got a fair shake from the community. Will miss Taiwanese BFC and their firecracker tofu strips.

Anonymous said...

God damn, can't have any Taiwanese chicken around here can we? There was Cheers Cut for a while, there was some Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken place that never actually got around to opening after having a sign up for months...

MrNiceGuy said...

this pop-up sounds awesome, but I didn't realize Night Market closed until I read this post. That place was great, I'll miss it. I look forward to having a meal at the pop-up before it disappears though

sophocles said...

According to the Nudibranch (clothes optional?) website Victor Xia ran Nightmarket. I love Taiwanese food, after many memorable meals at a restaurant in Flushing called Imperial. Anyone can make a tasty three cup chicken at home, one of the iconic Taiwanese dishes. The three cups refer to soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. You should experiment with the ratios.