Midtown Lunch Scene Gains an Asian Food Hall Friday

Asian street food gets a new stage at 8SIA, Midtown’s newest food hall opening tomorrow, backed by the critically acclaimed Yaso team.

It’s a two-story food hall at 220 East 42nd Street from Yaso’s founders, childhood friends Chi Zhang and Kevin Gu, and their culinary “yaso,” or uncle, chef Zong Xing Tu, who is formerly the founding chef of the popular Joe’s Shanghai. 8SIA will have an outpost of their newest Shanghainese noodle restaurant Yaso Noodle Bar, which opened its first location in Greenwich Village in August. Meanwhile, four other vendors will sell sushi, curry, egg bubble waffles, and bubble tea.

The 2,400-square-foot food hall takes inspiration from traditional Asian architecture, such as classic Chinese arch structures, red graphics on cement walls, dark marble countertops, and wooden and metallic furniture. Four vendors including Yaso noodle bar will be located on the first floor, while a bubble tea shop and 35-seat dining area will be on the second floor.

8SIA opens Friday, September 27, at 11 a.m. It’s open daily until 9 p.m. Learn about the new vendors below:

Yaso Noodle Bar

This is the second location of the new fast-casual noodle restaurant, which the Yaso team opened in Greenwich Village in August. Dry noodles bowls are topped with various proteins such as lionhead meatball, ribs, crawfish, and tofu, while appetizers include spicy seared pork dumplings that sport a crispy bottom, pork and vegetable baos, and chicken wings.

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Photo Credits: Valeria Pinto / Curry 42

Source: NYEater