In a quick flip situation, Nom Wah Tu is now Boys Don’t Cry, a Lower East Side bar with dumplings and hot dogs from Nom Wah owner Wilson Tang. The small space, at 22 Orchard St. between Hester and Canal streets, is already up and running, Bowery Boogie reports.
The drink menu includes a rotation of draft, bottled, and canned beers, including a rose cider. Cocktails are straightforward, with a French 75, old fashioned, manhattan, and gimlet on the drink list, and food is more in the snack category with dumplings and hot dogs on the menu.
This fast change to a cocktail bar — seemingly one that’s going for strong vibes with neon signage, per its Instagram — comes after a couple switch-ups in the space. It started as chef Jonathan Wu’s Fung Tu, a critically-acclaimed modern Chinese American restaurant that lasted nearly four years. Then, Wu closed Fung Tu and teamed up with Wilson Tang, making the restaurant a Nom Wah Tu, which mashed up Wu’s food with Nom Wah’s for just under six months. Now Wu is no longer involved, and Tang has made the space a straight-up bar.
Hours are still in flux — a spokeswoman could not even confirm definite days it’s open — but at least bitcoin is accepted, according to the bar’s website. The spokeswoman also could not speak to the name choice, but it may be a reference to director Kimberly Peirce’s 1999 film about a transgender man.