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Chinese-American eatery offering a short menu of tapas-style small dishes such as salt n pepper cauliflower, smashed cucumber, rice rolls, and sticky rice dumplings as well as a mushroom-sloppy burger. Est. 2020. Reported closed December 2022.

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13 Reviews

First Review by Tom1973


Points +181

20 Dec 2022

so fast so yum

this place slays it takes two minutes to get food and everyone there is nice



Points +228

01 Dec 2022

Oily and bad tasting

I’m baffled by the good rating. I found the food here to be awful. My friend and I shared the sticky rice dumplings and the mushroom sloppy. The dumplings were completely lacking in flavor and just soaked in oil. The sauce they came with was ok, but they gave so little of it. Like one of those small 1oz plastic containers about 10% full. The mushroom sloppy was even worse. It tasted like hot rubber. The bun was kind of good, but over all I really disliked this meal.


Points +440

12 Nov 2022

Perfect Vegan Hole in the Wall

Great little place that friendly serves creative home made dishes. Plenty of outdoor seating when weather allows. The food is fresh and very tasty. Service is fast and enjoyable.

Pros: Smashed cucumbers, Friendliness, Very fast


Points +736

11 Jun 2022

Yummy Chinese food

We’ve eaten here a few times, and everything is delicious. I like the simplicity of the place, and they have a lot of seating outside.


Points +453

14 May 2022

Yummy Chinese 'tapas'!

We went in tonight for the first time knowing we wanted to share as many items off the small menu as we could. We got a MUSHROOM SLOPPY and RICE ROLLS from the Chef's specials and then two sides, the STICKY RICE DUMPLING and SALT & PEPPER CAULI, it was plenty of food for the two of us and we enjoyed everything we had. My favorite was the SALT & PEPPER CAULI - crunchy fried cauliflower with a tasty creamy shallot dipping sauce and the RICE ROLLS of the day, which was soft, fat noodle rolls tossed with lots of bright green and delicious Chinese broccoli, black vinegar, and the charred scallions sprinkled on top really added a great texture. I did think there could be a tiny bit more salt but then I love salt maybe more than the average diner (I travel with my own salt in case of emergency!) You can sit outside or in, we actually chose inside because it had a cute atmosphere, great music and the guys behind the counter (maybe one was the owner?) made us feel welcome and we'll definitely be back! It did not seem at all overpriced to me everything was about $10 or under. Can't beat the location in the LES, after dinner we went right around the corner to an art opening at the ICP.

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-14

Pros: Creative cuisine , Cool vibe, Great location

Cons: Maybe some dishes are a tad under seasoned


Points +766

29 Dec 2021

Very good

My go to order is the cucumbers and sticky rice dumplings. Very tasty but smaller portions. The mushroom sloppy is good too!


Points +88

11 Oct 2021

One Star -- How does this place have a 5 star rating?

I basically never write reviews unless some place is exceptional or worth seeking out. But this restaurant is a waste of time and money. I can't believe I spent $60 on a bunch of bad food (i ordered almost the entire menu) that was barely enough to feed one person. Everything was extremely under-salted and absolutely soaked in oil. Nothing was even spicy to make up for the lack of flavor elsewhere. The most flavorless tiny sandwich I've had in a while. I was only in town for a quick trip and I am sad to have wasted my time on this place.

If you insist on eating here, the only dish I could recommend is the "rice rolls" which were just rolled up wide rice noodles and some greens. I could at least pretend I was eating some noodles, even if there was no salt or spice to be had.

Also there is a vegan and gluten-free cupcake bakery next door -- very nice staff, but $6 for a small, dry cupcake with hard frosting just slapped on it unceremoniously? No thanks.

Updated from previous review on 2021-10-11

Pros: There are other places to eat in this neighborhood

Cons: Absurdly greasy, No salt or spice remotely close to Chinese style , Tiny portions at extreme prices


23 Jun 2022

Honestly all of these five-star reviews are absolutely blowing my mind. Folks — go try some real Chinese food!! Sheesh.


10 Dec 2022

Same… these five stars reviews are so confusing to me as well. Happy I saw your post. It’s been about a week since I ate here, and it’s still been bothering me ha.


Points +30

04 Oct 2021

Vegan "Street Food" inspired by Chinese-American Cuisine.

I had the "Mushroom Sloppy" and the "Rice,Beans, and Greens".

Those entrees were delicious.

The portions were small and had NYC prices. If you are an out of town hick like I am be prepared to pay.

I was grateful that the place had outdoor seating. There is temporarily ( pandemic ) no inside dining in the small space.

There is a chef among the primary people running the place, who cruises the farmer markets, and who creates new dishes.

A refreshing "non-cookie cutter" experience.

There is a paid parking lot a ten minute walk down the street. That lot is very close to the Holland Tunnel.

The location is a bit difficult to get to for people driving into the city.

Pros: Creative menu prepared from local food., Outdoor seating, Paid Parking Nearby

Cons: Difficult to get to if you are driving into NYC.


Points +95

17 Jun 2021


The chef was super dope with me because I have an ulcer and can’t enjoy food with heat or deep fried so he modified for me. Food was the bomb, the cucumber salad was my favorite … I don’t even like cucumbers! It’s the way he cuts it and the sauce! I’ve been back 2xs already. Thanks for this gem 💎 fat choy

Pros: Good food , Good prices , Charming

Cons: What’s not to like?


Points +50

05 Jun 2021

I’ve almost tried everything - all delicious

Currently my favorite vegan spot

Pros: ,



Points +12163

25 May 2021

Funky, creative eatery

This food here is very tasty, with a creative, healthy touch. It is a small place, with outside seating (no bathroom); when I visited, the street was closed to traffic, with a bunch of restaurants open along the street. The portions here are small, but very filling, and not too pricey. In all, a very Lower-East-Side vibe.

Pros: Healthy foo; good tasting.


Points +83

02 Nov 2020

Best Chinese food I’ve ever had

The vegetable dishes were fabulous. This is definitely a place worth going out of your way to visit.

Pros: Totally vegan, Delicious vegetables, Low prices


Points +423

20 Oct 2020

Delicious fusion concept

I went the day after it’s official opening and have been back two more times. I devoured the mushroom sloppy and the slaw added a great crunch. Everything I saw coming out looked amazing.

Pros: Tasty , Great food concepts

Cons: Smaller portions for the price

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