RYE, N.Y. -- Rye's WUJI Restaurant is now open for lunch.
An innovative Chinese food restaurant concept by MAAC Hospitality Group, WUJI serves an array of "real Chinese food prepared by true Hong Kong trained chefs."
The group's Rye location at 26 Purchase St., like its Scarsdale restaurant (2 Chase Road), is a hybrid of a Chinese noodle house meets dim sum restaurant meets tapas bar.
Opening daily for lunch, from noon to 3 p.m., was a sound business decision said Ray Roberts, WUJI Restaurant's director of operations who wanted to please his patronage.
"A lot of people in town have been asking," he said.
WUJI dishes revolves around authentic recipes and preparations. Small plates, from appetizers and entrées, to rice and noodle dishes, are prepared fresh and brought to the table on trays from which customers can take as many of that dish as they’d like, which is then simply tallied on their guest check.
Central ingredients include organic chicken, pasture raised pork, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, cage-free chicken eggs, and organic vegetables.
Popular dishes include vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili dipping sauce; organic Heritage pork spare ribs with honey-plum glaze; hand shaped dumplings filled with shrimp, ginger pork, or vegetables; and pork belly bao bao buns with pickled cucumber.
The beverage program, too, is all about flavor profiles that pair well with the food. Asian beer selections, cold sake, and a well-crafted wine list are offered in addition to a creative selection of re-batched “tiki” cocktails.
WUJI Restaurant is owned and operated by a team that consists of Mark Gagnon, former director of operations for Stephen Starr’s Buddakhan restaurants; Samantha Starr, former director of training with W Hotels; Tor Newcomer, former general manager of Michel Nischan’s Dressing Room in Westport, Conn.; chef Hugh Moran, former executive chef at Buddakhan NYC; chef Peter Klein, former executive chef of China Grill in New York; executive chef Guang Zanghou from Hong Kong and the former chef of China White in Greenwich, Conn., and Purchase, N.Y.; and Jody Pennette, the founder and creative mind behind cb5 Hospitality Consulting.
Two Fairfield County locations, in Greenwich and Westport are scheduled to open in 2016.
Click the WUJI website here for more information or call (914)-481-4758.