Visitors to the Boys Don’t Cry, a new bar in the Lower East Side, can nosh on some amazing dumplings and sip craft brews in an intimate space.
And they can also pay for it all in bitcoin.
Bar owner Wilson Tang, who also owns Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the dim sum place of legend (and my drooling food dreams), doesn’t have a documented affinity for cryptocurrency.
But he has made a name for himself as he’s sought to catapult New York City’s oldest dim sum house (which his family has owned since the 1970s) into the forefront of Chinese-American cuisine. Under Tang’s leadership, Nom Wah has opened several more locations in NYC and elsewhere, making the name a force to be reckoned with.
And he’s not afraid to experiment, either. At a secondary NYC location in Nolita, Nom Wah customers order machine-made dumplings via cashless kiosks, according to Grubstreet. Taking all that into account, it’s perhaps not all that shocking that the owner of the century-old institution would be willing to embrace something as edgy as cryptocurrency.
Boys Don’t Cry opened recently after Tang and his business partner Jonathan Wu shut down Nom Wah Tu, the fast casual restaurant that had occupied the space for six months previous. The liquor license is still under both Tang and Wu’s names, though Wu is no longer involved, Eater reports.
We don’t yet know if anyone’s tried to pay in bitcoin in bar’s brief tenure.
We’ve reached out to Tang for comment and will update this post if we receive one.