Good news first: Zen Palate, a reasonably priced Asian-fusion-y (contemporary, right?) vegetarian restaurant is opening on 105th and Broadway. Zen Palate is replacing Metisse, a French-Brazilian-something-fusion restaurant. ZP has yam fries as well as weird and enticing kinds of tea. Read the menu here. Construction has just started, but hopefully it’ll be ready come NSOP.
Bad news second: NYC food trucks are in danger! City Council members Jessica Lappin (from the UES, duh) and Karen Koslowitz (from Queens) have proposed a bill that would give the Health Department the right to revoke the permit of any food truck that gets more than 3 parking tickets a year. The owner of Wafels & Dinges tells Gothamist that he gets ~3 tickets a month. The foodie blog consensus is that if the bill is passed, food trucks are dunzo. Nom^3, we barely knew yee! The bill only includes food trucks, not food carts, but it still demands action. Read the bill here, write or call Lappin and Koslowitz and tell them to spend their time doing something useful and not detrimental to New York food and street life, visit the Facebook group here, and sign the petition against the bill here. Vive la food truck!
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