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This Secret Korean Crab Delivery Is Opening a Restaurant

Plus, a Puerto Rican food stall calls it quits — and more intel

Crab with a soy-marinade in a black plastic takeout container on a red backdrop.
Rice Thief is opening a restaurant for its soy-marinated crabs.
Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet/Eater NY

Rice Thief, a delivery service specializing in Korean crab dishes, is opening a restaurant. Richard Jang, alongside his mother Jong Sook Jang, and girlfriend, Haiqi Yu, started the business in the fall of 2022, specializing in soy-marinated crab that’s hard to find in New York, known as ganjang gejang, as well as seafood stews, and rice. The service — which has drawn a waitlist — started at his home, before relocating to a Sunnyside, Queens ghost kitchen. Now, Jang says, they’ve signed a lease on a full-service restaurant at 39-37 30th Street, at 40th Avenue, in Long Island City; they hope to open by March. In the meantime, Rice Thief is raising funds via Kickstarter.

In the South Bronx, a new coffee shop

Devoción, a coffee shop with several locations in New York, has partnered with South Bronx United, a nonprofit community organization to open a new spot. Located near Yankee Stadium, 812 River Avenue, Clubhouse Café intends to help those in the 16 to 24 age bracket in the area gain job experience and mentorship through a fellowship program, intended to help them transition to college and learn about the hospitality industry.

This Puerto Rican food stand has closed

After five years, Que Chevre, a Puerto Rican food stand located inside the Lower East Side’s Market Line, is calling it quits. The team announced the decision on Instagram today. It is survived by a sibling outpost at the Financial District Urbanspace food hall.

A deli menu that looks to honor the past

Levantine-leaning Acadia in Midtown has rolled out a daytime deli menu in an homage to Wolf’s Delicatessen that resided in the space from the early ‘80s through the late ‘90s on a stretch known for “the Great Pastrami War.” The menu includes borscht and smoked salmon with cream cheese, as well as pastrami from Liebman’s Deli in the Bronx. — Melissa McCart, editor