Even though it's been in soft-opening mode for the last two weeks, Homaro Cantu's latest venture on Fulton Market, iNG, officially opens tonight. iNG, which morphed into a sleek, modern space with warm woods, comfortable red-fabric booths and shimmering mosaic tiles on a curved wall, took over where Otom used to live.
Cantu, who also owns Moto, transformed this space while revealing some information earlier this year, including that the restaurant will have a series of "nanobrews" made on site, one table (in the lower level) would be dedicated to miracle berries and that everything will be under $20.
We hit a preview dinner a couple of weeks ago and got a good feeling for the Asian-influenced menu, which includes items like hokkaido scallop; baozi buns with pork; udon, which is hand-pulled in the open kitchen at the front of the restaurant; and wagyu beef, cooked on a firebrick. We also sampled through four of the nanobrews and really liked the Indian P.A. with Indian spices; and the Barley Tea, a green tea and honey pale ale.
One of the more interesting aspects of iNG, other than the super high-tech command center in the basement and how wired all the staff was to communicate with the kitchen and each other, is that you can pay by the hour. So if you know you only have a certain amount of time, say an hour, let the host know and they'll take you on a journey. It'll cost $50 an hour (or $70 if you have drinks) and you'll get a good idea of what iNG is all about. Want a sneak peek? Take a look at the menu below.
· Homaro Cantu Reveals Even More About ING [~EChi~]
· iNG [website]