Looks like Blade Runnerinspired dining rooms are here to stay. First there was FoodParc from the movies set designer Syd Mead, and now Miguel Calvo, who designed Cienfuegos and produced the Hendricks pop-up, tells us hes redoing the former Waikiki Wallys and Marfa space with the movie in mind. Unlike the mod, minimalist FoodParc, Calvo tells us his design will be straight-up roadhouse its meant to be a grimy future. To that end: The wall of graffiti you see here, a clusterfuck chandelier of neon signs, and a communal table made from bento boxes. But why bento boxes?
Well, owner Hayne Suthon (of the adjoining Lucky Chengs) is naming the place Bento Burger, and the Asian burgers (therell be tuna and bulgogi varieties, and you can chose from Chinese or other types of buns) will be served in bento boxes along with Asian slaw, green beans, and other trimmings and sides. Expect an opening in late April.
Bento Burger, 101 E. 2nd St., nr. First Ave.; 212-673-8908