Zing’s Awesome Rice Shop Opens this Weekend on Ludlow Street

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 at 5:16 am by
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Where pizza was, rice will soon follow.

Proprietor Zing Bai is just about done installing her new eponymous rice shop at 122 Ludlow Street. The inside was gutted and remodeled, and exterior signage affixed to the brickwork. We are told that the establishment soft opens this weekend.

Zing’s Awesome Rice Shop, successor to the failed Via Tribunali, is a new cheap eats (relatively) Asian joint. Tiny is the key word here, as it only occupies half the pizzeria’s footprint. There will reportedly be about two tables with dining for ten. Menu includes a variety of “gourmet seared rices” including sausage, chicken, bacon, shrimp, and tofu.

Beer and wine is also part of the offering, despite the location within the worst saturated area this side of Manhattan (i.e. Hell Square). To that end, Zing Bai reportedly entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the LES Dwellers block association to ensure it doesn’t become another late-night watering hole. Mainly, that it operate as a “small affordable Asian restaurant with healthy vegetarian options which can service area residents,” and also that it not seek upgrade to full OP.

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The MOU was recognized by Community Board 3 in its approval of the license last month. Other stipulations include a cessation of serving booze at 12am Sunday through Thursday, and 1am Friday/Saturday.

“I can’t wait to add one more option of healthy, yummy, nutritious food to the neighborhood,” Bai told us in an email. “I am thrilled by how supportive our neighbors are.”


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