Chicha San Chen, a Taiwanese bubble tea chain with a devoted fanbase, is opening its first location in New York City this spring. A spokesperson for Chicha San Chen confirms the company will be opening a storefront in Manhattan’s Chinatown in March or April, but declined to share the shop’s exact address. Fans of the boba shop say its teas have a stronger taste; the company, which has locations all over the world, grows and hand-picks all of its teas in Taiwan. The shop has been awarded what’s referred to as the equivalent of three Michelin stars by the International Taste Institute.
A popular bagel shop is expanding
Popup Bagels has a new location on the way. The bagel shop, originating in Connecticut but wildly popular at its location in Greenwich Village, is opening its second Manhattan location in March or April, owner Adam Goldberg tells West Side Rag. The restaurant specializes in whole bagels, not bagel sandwiches, sold with sides of flavored cream cheese. It started as a pandemic side hustle and now has six bagel shops across the northeast, including near Washington Square Park. 338 Columbus Avenue, at West 76th Street
Sandwiches from ‘The Sopranos’
Satriale’s Pork Store, the hangout from The Sopranos, will briefly come to life on Wednesday as part of a promotion with Postmates. Regina’s Grocery, an Italian sandwich shop with several locations, is selling a “gabagool” sandwich with capicola, mortadella, soppressata, and more. The promotion is one day only.
A new sushi spot in Hudson Square
Hudson Square has a new sushi restaurant from a chef who worked at the Michelin-starred Sushi Yasuda. Chef Markee Manaloto opened Mishik on Monday, according to Tribeca Citizen. The restaurant serves a 12-course omakase with dry-aged yellowtail and bluefin tuna for $120 and a longer version (16 courses) for $165. There’s a 15-seat counter, a 13-seat bar, and a dining room. 259A Hudson Street, near Dominick Street