A new family-friendly restaurant, Cloud Vietnamese, will be coming to 79 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side this summer, owner Chanudom Maneesilasan confirms.
He says he strives to bring unique high quality Vietnamese cuisine at affordable prices to the neighborhood. This will be his first restaurant venture, having worked part-time restaurant jobs since emigrating from Vietnam about seven years ago. Allying with friends he met along the way, he set his sights on opening his own eatery. He settled on the 2,400-square-foot space formerly occupied by King’s Cafe. He says the menu will range from family recipes to new creative concepts, featuring fresh meat and vegetable pho with noteworthy brown and black noodles, which will separate him from the crowd.
“It’s about elevating the customer’s experience and their taste buds,” he says. “We are trying to bring unique but traditional Vietnamese cuisine in a modern way to the neighborhood.”
Reflected in its namesake, the restaurant’s atmosphere aims to make you feel like you’re up in the clouds.
“When you walk in, you [will] feel the vibe of being among the clouds,” he says.
It’s no surprise that he is a self-proclaimed ‘tree hugger in the concrete jungle’ who grew up in a plant-lovers paradise, with greenery tucked into every corner crevice of his home. His love of nature knows no bounds.