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NYC’s Korean Corn Dog Scene Keeps Expanding With the Debut of Two Hands

Plus, local politicians rally in support of street vendors following Andrew Yang’s controversial comments — and more intel

A bright orange storefront with brown paper taped over the windows, and an orange awning with white lettering showing the restaurant’s title and logo
Two Hands opens in the East Village
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

Korean corn dog chain Two Hands opens first location in NYC

The city gained another hot dog competitor this week in the form of Two Hands, which just opened up its first NYC outpost in the East Village, at 147 Avenue A, between East 9th and 10th streets. Two Hands’s menu focuses on Korean corn dogs, including crispy rice dogs, potato dogs, and injeolmi dogs sold out of a bright orange storefront across from Tompkins Square Park.

The hot dog shop is one of several that have opened in lower Manhattan in recent months. In January, Eater critic Robert Sietsema checked out newcomers World’s Wurst in Greenwich Village and OhK-Dog on the Lower East Side. Another Korean corn dog spot, Snowy Village, made its own debut in NYC prior to the pandemic.

For Two Hands, the East Village shop is part of a larger expansion push in the U.S. The chain already has a presence in California and Arizona, and it opened up two new locations in Texas recently, including a Dallas shop last month and a Houston location last fall. According to its website, it is planning to open two more NYC locations in the future.

In other news

— City comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer hosted a rally with state senator Jessica Ramos on Monday in support of street vendors following fellow mayoral candidate Andrew Yang’s much-criticized remarks on Twitter calling for more vendor enforcement.

— Chef Daniel Boulud trucked 10,000 pounds of black olive trees from Florida to NYC to use as part of the decor for his sprawling new restaurant Le Pavillon, opening in May.

— Scandinavian coffee shop La Cabra is plotting a summer opening in the East Village.

— Gothamist’s Scott Lynch takes a first look at Dippin’ Dots new flagship in Flatiron.

— Arthur Avenue’s popular weekend outdoor dining setup is back for its second season starting April 30.

— Inside daily operations for a beehive delivery service in NYC.