The dining options around Broadway used to, well, bite. But thanks to UrbanSpace — which has proven incredibly adept at transforming food deserts into eating meccas — the Times Square area is flush with fabulous kiosks. So here’s a rundown of the best new vendors at this year’s Broadway Bites (in the best sense of the word, of course!) from an outpost of Portland’s Bunk Sandwiches, to an al fresco ramen stall.
Tuson Sate: This vendor specializes in perfectly portable Indonesian satay; skewers of chicken, lamb, beef or even tempeh (which originated on the island of Java), slathered in spicy, peanutty, 10 ingredient-strong sauces.
Bunk Sandwiches: This beloved Portland sammy shop expanded to Brooklyn last December, and now it’s taking Manhattan by storm with Pork Belly Cubanos, Pimento Grilled Cheeses, and Oregon Albacore Tuna Melts.
Perros y Vainas: Not only does this stand from the couple behind Wafels & Dinges uniquely showcase Venezuelan perros (loaded pork hot dogs in steamed buns, with toppings like mayo, cabbage, salsa and potato chips), 5% of revenue goes towards supporting organizations actively working on saving, feeding, and improving children’s lives in Venezuela.
Boil Boil Ramen: Taking ramen out of the restaurant and onto the street, this brand new vendor is paving Broadway with noodles, deposited in a 12-hour pork tonkotsu broth, a miso base floating with fish cakes and charsiu, or a creamy chicken soup, scattered with corn and egg yolk.
Mochidoki: Needless to say, it’s all about the Mochi at this Japanese sweet spot; globes of stretchy glutinous rice dough wrapped around ice cream fillings flavored with vanilla, chocolate or salted caramel, or azuki bean, lychee, or matcha green tea.
Jars by Dani: Jars have become the ultimate conveyence for healthy salads on the go. But at Jars by Dani, they reserve their masons for decadent desserts instead; i.e., layers of cakes, creams and fillings a la Fudge Brownie, Cake Batter, Cookie Dough or Lemon Bar.
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