When news broke earlier today the Susur Lee's long suffering restaurant within the Thompson LES hotel, Shang, had closed, commenters wrote things like "Wrong restaurant, wrong time, but an even worse location for that style...Keep it simple, make it accessible" and "I live in the neighborhood and wanted it to be good...But even from the beginning, it had the vibe of a failing restaurant." Hopefully, they will be happy to learn of Shang replacement, which is about as simple and accessible as it gets: Blue Ribbon.
Folks at the hotel and the restaurant confirm that a branch of the growing restaurant group—which now runs projects all over Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Las Vegas—will open in the old Shang space by sometime next year. One worker at Blue Ribbon Brasserie speculated that it may be a sushi spot, given that's what they operate at a Thompson Hotel uptown, but no one is sure or ready to share at the moment. Either way, it's a win for Thompson, it's a win for the Bromberg brothers, and it's a win for the LES.
· Two Years Later Than Expected, Shang Packs It In [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of Blue Ribbon [~ENY~]