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Xiaochi (小吃) | Espresso 77 Splits, Chinese Restaurants Flood East Village | January 29, 2018

Xiaochi is a periodic column devoted to short news items and links. Xiaochi (小吃) is the Chinese word for snacks.

Cafe BKLN Park Slope storefront

This happened back in September, 2017, but I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere. The former partners of Espresso 77 have split, with one owner retaining the venerable Jackson Heights location and the other taking ownership of the South Slope location under the name Cafe Bkln. All remains the same including Gimme! as their coffee roaster.

Although I wasn’t a fan of their dark roasted coffee, I miss the bright, beautifully-designed space of the former occupants, Cafe De Luxe.

Chinese restaurants continue to flood into Manhattan, especially the East Village, and I’ve made it to a good number of them over the last few months.

Ho Foods Chef Opening Night

With a combination of luck and judicious planning, a friend and I managed to snag two counter seats on Ho Foods‘ debut night for what turned out to be the best Taiwanese Beef Noodles I’ve had in New York City.

Ho Foods Beef Noodle Soup

It didn’t quite match my Taipei faves, but I would recommend anyone to try their deep, balanced, flavorful beef noodle soup; tendon is a good option.

Le Sia (乐虾) | E 7th St | East Village | Manhattan | NYC | 2018

Two I haven’t made it to yet are Le Sia (乐虾), an attractive Chinese skewer restaurant that recently opened on E 7th St which faces (albeit separated by the Cooper Union building) another just-opened spot, Meet Fresh (鮮芋仙), a Taiwanese dessert chain, on the corner of E 6th St and Bowery. I tried to go a couple of days ago but the line was 50 people deep according to an intelligence source, so I think I’ll wait for the dust to settle, à la Tim Ho Wan.

Mr Wish Park Slope Grand Opening

Mr Wish Bubble Tea | Park Slope | Brooklyn

Mr Wish Bubble Tea | 86 5th Ave | Park Slope | Brooklyn | NYC
Somehow Mr Wish, a bubble tea chain with five other branches scattered around New York City (and zillions in Taiwan and also China) escaped my notice until they opened one in my own neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Mr Wish Bubble Tea | 86 5th Ave | Park Slope | Brooklyn | NYC

My first impression of Mr Wish was a positive one after stopping by for a full sugar tapioca milk tea for my niece. The tapioca pearls were soft, the way they should be, something that’s hard to come by in New York City. I couldn’t tell much else about the drink due to the sugar overload, so I returned a couple of days later with a friend and ordered a cold, zero sugar milk tea with tapioca pearls and one of their signature fruit drinks without boba.

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