Thursday, November 9, 2017

Meet Fresh bringing teas and taro balls to Cooper Square



The second retail space in the base of the Marymount Manhattan College dorm has a new tenant.

Signage went up yesterday here on Cooper Square and Sixth Street for Meet Fresh, a Taiwan-based chain that serves teas and desserts. (Thanks to EVG reader Harry Weiner for the photos!)



The company, now 100 locations strong, was started by the Fu siblings. Here's their story via the Meet Fresh website:

Sister and Brother Fu grew up in a generational farming family in the Feng Yuan District of Taichung, Taiwan. Using traditional food materials and processes, they made chewy taro ball desserts, soft herbal jelly, and delicate traditional tofu pudding, as a continuation of traditional delicacies while integrating innovation!



This marks the first NYC location for the brand. It joins neighbor Pourt, the cafe-networking space, in the dorm storefronts.

The 13-story dorm opened for Marymount Manhattan College students in August 2015. The dorm sits on a lot previously occupied in part by 35 Cooper Square, the Federal-style building that dated to 1825.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chains chains chains.....

Donnie Moder said...

This building kinda kills the nabe. More college students (isn't the campus on the upper east side?) Looks like a faceless drab commercial office building you find in the office park along the interstate. Was it built in the 70's or 10's? Now we are getting a tea place to go with the coffee place at prices twice as much as they should be.

DrGecko said...

Oh boy! Another sugar dispensary! Exotic, fresh, curated innovative garbage food!

Anonymous said...

So disappointed..nothing for the people who live here- will only attract the tourists walking up 3rd Ave from the hotels. Now Chinese tea, PourT, Coffee Project and Southern Cross within one block of my front door. No laundromat, only overpriced and under stocked supermarket, no hardware, no shoe repair...It’s getting harder and harder to live here every day.

Anonymous said...

I read your post title real quick as 'teas and tar balls'. :-)

Gar said...

We need a bookstore. Real tangible paper please.

Anonymous said...

Dessert Village

Anonymous said...

Looked at the menu...not one thing I have any interest in eating. I used to eat some of these desserts when I traveled to Hong Kong every month for work but I have no desire to eat them now. There are more and more restaurants and eateries in the neighborhood and fewer and fewer that I have any interest in trying.

Ciala on Second Ave lasted two months as a Georgian restaurant. I would have tried their food in the winter but not in the heat of August. Now it appears to be Spanish tapas and hamburgers...That's Cooper Craft, Bareburger and Ciala, three in a row, serving burgers. Maybe Meet Fresh needs to add burgers to their menu (though Shake Shack is just up the street...).

Anonymous said...

Feast Village.

Gojira said...

Eats Village

Anonymous said...

Had the exact opposite reaction to Anonymous 11/9 5:32pm--the menu looks pretty darn delicious to me!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree with you! The menu looks damn attractive to us!!