An Choi Breaks Into Next-Door Space, Plans Pop-up and New Restaurant

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Photo: Melissa Hom

An Choi’s Tuan Bui tells us that after the adjacent health-food café closed in January, he snatched up the lease, broke through the wall, and installed a couple of tables that his partner-brother Huy built out of antique doors and spindles. The room currently seats about twenty for regular dining and private events, and if An Choi succeeds in snagging a full liquor license later this year, it’ll also hold a bar.

The brothers Bui are also talking to an “edgy Lower East Side fashion label” about opening a pop-up store in another part of the new space. Till then, they’ll continue to sell an estimated 300 sandwiches every Saturday at the Hester Street Fair. And sometime in the more distant future, they hope to open a more upscale restaurant focusing on Huế cuisine.