Phillip Tang is currently hard at work perfecting his soup dumpling, he revealed to Grub Street when we caught up with the chef and owner of Inman Square’s forthcoming East by Northeast. Tang’s parents operate Virginia’s A & J Restaurant, which is focused on Northern Chinese dim sum and Tang plans to use some similar techniques: “It’s a very wheat flour-based cuisine with lots of dumplings and noodles, so that’s where I’m coming from.” Tang will also draw on his own experiences cooking at locavore meccas like T.W. Food where, he says “I worked with whole animals a lot.”
Tang hopes to get a full liquor license and offer wine, beer, and cocktail programs, though they’ll all be served tableside, as the restaurant is too small for an actual bar. Though he’s not planning a major revamp of the space, he hopes to open up the room a little more by taking out Benatti’s massive wine rack. East by Northeast will offer dinner seven days a week and dim sum on the weekends. That last detail is especially exciting as dim sum craving Inmaners currently have a long way to go.
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