East Village, Get Ready for ‘Pan-Asian/New American’
Anyone who remembers short-lived Secretes might have doubts as to whether high-minded global fusion can survive in the Tompkins Square Park vicinity. Nevertheless, last week Hong Kong–trained Kevin Chan, most recently of Cafe Lika and Yaffa Cafe, opened what’s described as a Pan-Asian/New American joint in the space that was formerly Tenth Street Lounge. The menu is an international mélange of $20-and-under dishes (kalbi beef ribs in plum sauce, penne with Shanghai vegetables, roast duck, paella, eel avocado salad, etc.), hence the name: Kaleidoscope. In time there will also be colorful projections on the walls and — knock on wood — beer, Korean plum wine, and sake. —Daniel MaurerKaleidoscope, 212 E. 10th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-420-8822.