‘The Bao Shoppe’ Arrival, and the Case of Cafe Clutter on Canal Street’s East End

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The east end of Canal Street is awash in cafés, both trendy and otherwise. And into the fray steps a newcomer at number 34.

You’ll recall that Cafe de Nora arrived in February 2015, but only lasted a few months. It was succeeded that summer by the futile tenure of a gallery called Eye for Art, which itself sputtered into oblivion.

Now, it’s the Bao Shoppe taking the reins here at 34 Canal Street. The Vietnamese-leaning snack shop comes to the Lower East Side by way of Astoria, where it held down a shop on Steinway Street. It closed down last week, and will reopen later today (i.e. soft launch). Menu here is composed of steamed baos, scallion pancake wraps, and bubble teas.

Meanwhile, this side of Canal Street is not lacking in cafés. The Bao Shoppe is the fifth such establishment within a block, joining the three Dimes outposts, Kopitiam, and Little Canal. Something’s gotta give.

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