Popular Chinese Hotpot Joint ’99 Favor Taste Restaurant’ Expands to 285 Grand Street

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 at 6:06 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The new glass box at 285 Grand Street touched down from outer-space one year ago. It arrived three years after that terrible fire consumed almost half the block, resulting in the destruction of two tenement buildings, the displacement of 200 residents, and the loss of an elderly Chinese man. But the fire-kissed properties have finally made their comeback. Rehabilitation of number 289 was finally completed over the summer, allowing former residents to return and a 99-cent store to open in the retail space; a day care center also opened on the second floor of number 285.

This image has been archived or removed.

Of all the possible commercial uses on the ground level of 285 Grand, however, a Chinese restaurant was actually the last thing we expected. Nevertheless, 99 Favor Taste Restaurant will open here imminently. The hotpot joint has roots in Sunset Park, where it opened the first outpost in 2012. Store signage was installed earlier this week after months behind a shroud of smokey glass. But the interior still needs plenty of organization.

Below is the menu from the Brooklyn location; the Lower East Side version can’t be much different.

99 Favor Taste Restaurant Menu

Recent Stories

Construction Resumes at 139 Bowery, Awaiting 14-Story Payload

There is finally construction activity to report at the 139-141 Bowery development site. The spot has been largely dormant ever since the double-wide walk-ups were summarily razed three years ago. With the area now buzzing, the march toward a fourteen-story future continues. Plans to redevelop the properties, in one form or another, date back to […]

Partybus Bakeshop Soft Opens on Essex Street

The Partybus is parked on Essex Street and now serving. The new bakeshop – situated directly across from Seward Park – soft opened to the public yesterday. Founded by baker Jacqueline Russo Eng, Partybus Bakeshop got its start in the nearby Hester Fair before going brick-and-mortar at 31 Essex. It offers a “rotating seasonal menu […]

Little Gio’s Pizza Expands with Orchard Street Outpost

An East Village pizzeria is making its way south into Hell Square. Little Gio’s, which currently holds down a parlor on 1st Avenue, just announced its expansion a few blocks south to 194 Orchard Street. The five-year-old business took over, and installed the requisite signage atop the shuttered gate. The space had been vacant in […]

This is the Car Horn Every Pedestrian Needs [VIDEO]

In a world driven by technology, here’s a welcomed, albeit impractical, analog solution to a maddening pedestrian problem. We’ve all had to deal with it at one point or another. An indecisive three-wide, ambling past a restaurant. Sidewalk selfie snappers. Tourists in herd formation. iZombies. Children walking irrationally. There’s only so many times you can […]

Cherry Street Hockey Rink Resurfaced with Turf Field

Street hockey players in the city, but the Lower East Side especially, are now short-handed. The ever-reliable Tanahey Playground rink on Cherry Street is officially gone. The city removed the rotting boards and benches last week, and completed carpeting the concrete with AstroTurf. As first reported last summer, the space was repurposed to accommodate organized […]