Friday, April 2, 2010

Make Crack Like This

Thank you Dope Fiends for your support the last 3 months. Mad white people with money have taken notice that Baohaus gets paper and now I have bread for Crackhaus. LOL. You know my cheap yellow ass wasn't going to spend money so I had to wait for Mr. Moneybags to come through and pay the key money.

But not to worry. The investors just pay bills. The food, the vibe, the people will be the same goons that have been at Baohaus since day 1. The Voice had a funny post about it today after Feast broke the news. They had a line about the LES being a neighborhood "on the rocks" as a post-ironic post-collegiate amusement park. I couldn't have said it better.

I do hate the LES above Delancey and west of Norfolk. Ever since Libation and Spitzer's came it sucked. I mean, it started sucking a little before that, but spitzer's was extra sucky. Its a good bar and I go there when no one else is there, it just attracts really shitty people after 5pm. Clinton is still cool and I like the Baohaus block, but when we were looking for locations we wanted something below Delancey.

Then we thought, why not do a place above Delancey that we would want to hang out at? That's what all my homies have been begging for the last few years. I remember when BOB was dope (its still cool, just too packed) and there were random no name places like the bar on orchard with a fish tank full of dead fish in the front that played 80s mashups (around 2003, gone now...). I was never sober enough to remember the name, I just always ended up there. You could roll around and run into cool stuff and there weren't a bunch of idiots in lacoste shirts all over. Now, its a stampede friday, saturday, and sunday morning. I don't even work at Baohaus those days cause the people that come suck. Its not the neighborhood peeps. We honestly don't have anywhere to go to hang out.

Crackhaus, Im sure is going to attract a lot of people outside the neighborhood, but I'm trying to establish an abrasive enough vibe so that they come once, try the food, and feel uncomfortable enough not to come back. Like all those yelpers that complain about our music and service at Baohaus, they don't come back and its awesome! This is the goal! Could we be the Taiwanese Rao's (where regulars own seats) down the line? I hope so. If you like golden era hip hop, ABT (american born taiwanese) food, and over the top ridiculousness, you'll like Crackhaus. The restaurant, the neighborhood, we all on the rocks....

Lastly, if you're on the FOB (mailing list) or you're a regular, just let Ning, Evan, Emery or me know you wanna come to soft opening and we'll get you in. We love our regulars, we appreciate the support, and we'll always try to take care of yall. For the record, the name "crack" isn't about dope, its about the food. We're doing a stew that I make at home and people always said it was crack. SO that's what its about. Obviously i like puns, but its about food. We'll probably donate to "just say no to drugs" so old people don't shit a brick but any donation is 100% disgenuine (is this a word? the spell check says no, but i disagree) and purely for marketing purposes.


  1. I could see this coming. thought you called it Crackhaus b/c crackers fronted you the of luck. Keep a cool head.

  2. Yo, w/o Spitzer's, your block might still be a shooting gallery...though that term might be b4 your time.

    Love your shit, IC24.

  3. i think i love you.

    i miss the old bob, and def the dead fish place. your post made me **sigh**

    in fact, the reason it took my ass so long to get over to try your bao is because i live in chinatown and didn't feel like dealing with the shit above delancey. it's an odd day when i go above broome these days.

  4. i think everything you all make is amazing and i continue to tell all my friends about your spot... best gem in nyc

  5. What the fuck is the internet?

  6. thanks for the comments yall. annie, i see you! haha check out booisgolden's blog, shawty is hilarious:

  7. This is probably the most articulate sentiment about the decline of the LES and it's douchester people/hangouts I've read. I wish they'd all get a really bad case of diarrhea whenever they got to the LES. Sure, the streets would be splattered with human excrement for a weekend or two, but the douchesters would catch on and never come back.

    Also, Baohaus is bomb and good luck with Crackhaus. I think I eat at Baohaus 2-3 times a week. The Uncle Jesse is my favorite uncle that doesn't touch me.

  8. thanks for the shout eddie!

    and someone said that the name of the dead fish place was orchard bar -- kinda rings a bell, maybe???

  9. Can't wait to try the ABT food at Crackhaus. Hurry up already!