Big news for fans of Eddie Huang, the media-friendly New York City chef behind Baohaus: soon enough, he’ll be landing in Los Angeles.
News finally solidified today that Huang will indeed be coming to the booming Far East Plaza, taking over the now-shuttered Pok Pok Phat Thai space right next to Howlin’ Ray's. Huang himself confirms the move, telling Eater:
Andy and I have been friends for a minute and both looked at Far East plaza together almost three years ago. Happy to be in Chinatown and keep this space in the family.
It’s an interesting turn of events for the former Andy Ricker concept, and further entrenches the pair. Ricker actually took over the former Baohaus on Rivington Street in New York City when first landing on the East Coast, and the pair have been friendly ever since.
The jump to opening on the West Coast also makes a lot of sense for Huang individually, as he now keeps LA's Westside as a home base (and even has a few of his own favorite restaurants out here). The move also marks just the latest arrival of longtime New Yorkers bringing big names to the city, and in the rapidly changing Chinatown of all places. He also published a memoir that eventually morphed into the TV series Fresh Off the Boat.
More on this as it comes, but in the meantime enjoy the below samurai photo that Huang requested to be run alongside the news; Eater was happy to oblige.