David Chang’s culinary empire continues to expand.
The influential chef of Momofuku fame launched Ando as a delivery-only concept in New York City in 2016, which received cautiously optimistic, if not tepid, reviews.
Previously, Ando existed only in the virtual world — all orders were placed through the restaurant’s app, and the food was delivered via UberRush.
But now Ando has a foothold in fast-casual reality with an honest-to-goodness brick-and-mortar establishment.
Business Insider reviewed an early iteration of the delivery service’s menu before, so we decided to head down to experience Ando in person.
Ando’s storefront is on 14th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, just a few blocks from our offices.
The interior is cavernous — a counter and stools line the window wall, and a simple counter with several registers await.
The menu is varied enough to give options without being overwhelming; there’s even a new breakfast menu that’s excluded from the app during the week. The prices are within a reasonable range — at least for an NYC lunch.