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Taiwanese Dessert Chain Meet Fresh Opens in Jersey City Amid Larger East Coast Expansion

Plus, Black Restaurant Week is underway in New York City — and more intel

Gloved hands hold a heaping shaved ice dessert, topped with small, dark-colored orbs and bright strips of fruit Carlos Osorio/Getty Images

Meet Fresh is now open in Jersey City

Popular Taiwanese dessert chain Meet Fresh has opened in Jersey City, bringing taro balls, bubble tea, shaved ice, and egg waffles to 525 Washington Boulevard. The new dessert shop, located within a shopping mall in the 37-floor Newport Tower development, is now open from 12 to 8 p.m. daily.

The Hudson County store officially opened its doors on June 19, according to Hoboken Girl, and customers have been lining up for the international chain’s Taiwanese desserts. Started by siblings in Taichung in 2007, Meet Fresh now has more than 100 locations in Taiwan, plus roughly 25 locations in the United States. The company opened its first tristate area location in the East Village in 2018, and followed up with outposts in the Festival Plaza strip mall in Edison, New Jersey and Sunset Park, Brooklyn in 2019 and 2020, respectively. A location in Flushing, at 133-36 37th Avenue, is listed as “coming soon” on the company’s website.

In other news

— Black Restaurant Week is currently underway in the tristate area. For its second season back in New York, the national event series is highlighting more than 130 Black-owned food businesses, including caterers, restaurants, bakeries, and food trucks, offering daily food and drink specials through July 4. Find a full list of participants here.

— Shake Shack is warming up to hot honey. The national burger chain unveils its summer menu today, which includes chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and French fries served with habanero mayo sauce, according to company spokesperson.

— Faced with staffing shortages, some restaurants in the Hamptons have been forced to close their doors early this season.

— After delaying its New York debut due to the pandemic, national hard seltzer festival Seltzerland is headed to the Brooklyn Expo Center on August 7.

— Decades-old sweets shop Economy Candy could reopen for in-person sales as early as next month, according to Bowery Boogie.

— Despite the optimistic tenor about reopening, this summer will likely be make or break for many of the city’s food businesses.

— Less than a week after the end of takeout cocktails, an ode to the “walktail.”

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