David Chang — the chef behind the global Momofuku restaurant empire, including the recently opened Momofuku Nishi in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood — has plans for yet another restaurant, but you won’t be able to go there.
And that’s the point.
Chang’s latest venture, called Ando, is a delivery-only restaurant that will “open” this spring in New York City. The restaurant will take orders from a mobile app, and deliveries will be made by UberRush.
When it opens, Ando (like Chang’s other projects, named after Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen), will deliver lunch to Midtown East, and then branch out. The menu, which has not been announced, will be created by Chang and J.J. Basil, formerly a chef at Wylie Dufresne’s WD~50.
So far, Chang has plans to offer Southern fried chicken, which may eventually be sold in giant KFC-style buckets, cheesesteak, and mapo tofu. Christina Tosi, the acclaimed pastry chef of Milk Bar, will create three cookies that will be available exclusively at Ando.
“This is food for everyone and… not everyone, which is a weird statement, but I think it makes sense,” Chang told Fast Company. “I feel like we’re aggregating all of the things that we want to eat. That’s basically it.”