Asian Fusion and a Little Luck on the Lower East Side

by Katerin on July 20, 2013

HaChi Restaurant & Lounge celebrated its grand opening on Manhattan's Lower East Side earlier this week with a preview party and tasting event. HaChi's sophisticated and beautifully decorated space at 185 Orchard Street is an upscale gem in a gentrifying, but still rough around the edges neighborhood. The restaurant has a dual-level layout. It's mezzanine level offers a formal setting for dinner, while the lower level offers features a lounge setting, complete with a full bar and an area for live music performances.

HaChi's Asian Fusion menu was developed by
consulting chef Jordy Lavanderos and head sushi chef Tony Zhao and features entrees such as a filet mignon roll, steamed Chilean sea bass torchon, and seared duck as well as an array of sushi rolls. The
regular dinner menu will also include an extensive list of both hot and cold "small plate" options in addition to many seasonal specialties. HaChi will soon introduce a separate late night menu and will announce a weekly entertainment schedule and happy hour specials.

HaChi, Japanese for "8", a lucky number in Asian culture, doesn't seem like it will need to rely on luck for success. It's well thought out space, delightfully prepared fusion menu and broad, yet accessible wine list, coupled with General Manager Brandon Gross's plan to "create personal relationships" and make "everyone feel welcome and at home", should help draw crowds to the Lower East Side as it becomes Manhattan's next trendy neighborhood.

Don't miss VIVE Katerin's video of the grand opening event.

HaChi Restaurant & Lounge is located at 185 Orchard Street, between
Houston and Stanton.

Videography & Editing: Joanne Juele
Photography: Sunny Norton Photography

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