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Spicy Moon, a renowned Chinese restaurant serving Szechuan-style vegan food, opened as one of New York City’s biggest restaurant openings this year. In a sizable 11,000 square foot space with 41 tables and 170 seats, as well as a 16-seat bar, Spicy Moon recently unveiled its third location at 265-267 Bowery. 

Spicy Moon, one of the city’s first vegan Chinese restaurants, opened its doors in 2019. It specializes in traditional and modern authentic Szechuan dishes, such as Crispy Duck Pancakes, Vegan Duck Wrap, and Crabless Rangoon, as well as Mapo Tofu, Dan Dan noodles, and Scallion Pancakes. Along with a variety of Chinese beers, infused rice wine, and cold-pressed juices, the restaurant’s menu is well-regarded.

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Founded by chef/ owner Nick Wang, Spicy Moon opened two successful locations in the city’s East Village and West Village neighborhoods before expanding to the latest restaurant. 

At the intersection of Bowery and Houston, the new Soho location formerly housed the vegan gastropub and brewery Belse. According to its application for a liquor license, Spicy Moon intends to take over Belse’s enormous brewing apparatus in order to possibly launch a new vegan brewery. The freshly painted building now has a vibrant pink exterior and outdoor seating.

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Spicy Moon also runs an online shop selling merchandise and food products, including its popular Vegan Chili Oil and Vegan Spicy Mayo

Upon the restaurant’s soft opening earlier this week, Spicy Moon posted online: “Soft opening for our newest location 265 Bowery! We are so grateful for everyone who has supported us in this journey to 265. Big shout out to our entire team- we are forever thankful for your hard work and dedication – we love you – if you are in the neighborhood stop by and say hi.”


Spicy Moon Soho is located at 265 Bowery Street.