Yunnan-inspired restaurant Lotus Blue Dongtian Kitchen and Bar will reopen at 15 Union Square West in the spring. The New York location is part of an international chain with spots in Beijing, Shanghai, and Sidney.
The restaurant made an initial debut in 2013 on Reade Street in a now-closed location, with the new spot renting for $43,750 a month reports The Real Deal. It joins retail tenants Skechers, HSBC, and Lululemon Athletica’s Ivivva.
Robert Sietsema wrote a mixed review about the original restaurant. South of Sichuan, west of Guangxi, and adjacent to Burma, Laos, and Vietnam, The positioning of Yunnan “makes for an eclectic mix of gastronomic influences,” he wrote. It’s “a cuisine known for its extreme spicy and sour flavors, herbs like mint, scallions, and holy basil are also important.” The restaurant’s Facebook page highlights dishes like scallion pancakes, steamed whole sea bass with Yunnan lime sauce, and satay beef with Morning Glory greens on the menu.
Lotus Blue Dongtian Kitchen and Bar is part of a cadre of international restaurant chains opening in New York, which includes Tim Ho Wan from Hong Kong, Ichiran from Tokyo, Teremok, a fast-casual blini spot from Russia, and the soon-to-open Ikinari Steak.