Angelo Sosa Shares His Vision for Social Eatz (Hint: It's as Much About the 'Social' as the 'Eatz')
The first time we sat down with Angelo Sosa, he had just debuted his now-defunct Asian sandwich shop, Xie Xie, amid the thick of the banh mi craze. Now, nearly two years later, we chat with him again as he prepares to debut Social Eatz, an Asian-inspired comfort-food restaurant with an accent on the "social." He hopes to open in early March.
bravotv.com Angelo Sosa, the second time around.
Tell us about your forthcoming restaurant, Social Eatz.
It's located on 53rd between Second and Third. It's really simple. The concept is American comfort food mingled with Asian flavors. That's kind of my thing: spice-induced cuisine. So, we're going to put a little of that edge on American traditional cuisine.
Can you give some menu examples?
We're going to take something like a sloppy joe, which I have great childhood memories of, and turn it into a Sloppy Ho Chi Minh. We do our own proprietary meat blend and infuse it with tamarind and some gochujang, which is a fermented Korean chili paste. So it's luscious and flavorful like a regular sloppy joe, but with an Asian twist. Our burgers are going to raise a couple eyebrows. And we'll do yuzu beignets for dessert. I'm really excited about the concept. I think it's going to be whimsical and fun and downright yummy.
Will you have a liquor license?
We're going to have a bar and open for both lunch and dinner. We'll have really cool cocktails, common cocktails that people can relate to, but with an Asian flair.
How will it differ from Xie Xie?
It's not even the same genre as Xie Xie. It's a restaurant. It's not a sandwich shop. There will be some sandwiches, but it's a micro part of the menu. I know some of the media has called it a sandwich shop, maybe because they know me from Xie Xie, but it's a fully functioning restaurant. You should expect to come in and be seated by a hostess. No reservations, very casual. The price point is amazing. It's a great value.