About 4 blocks from where I live is where Chinatown officially starts. The stretch of Grand street from Allen to the Bowery has a lot of great small food shops, fish mongers and produce stalls that I shop at regularly.
A couple of years ago there was a bad fire in two of the buildings at the corner of Eldridge and Grand, one of the buildings was torn down completely, the other one they were able to salvage the facade. The completely empty lot was quickly built on, up from the ashes rose a hideous 2 story thing that looks like an office building in a remote industrial park strip mall.
I was sort of hoping in the huge first floor space of this building something interesting might go in. What went in was the very large 99 Favor Taste Restaurant a Hotpot restaurant that opened their first place in Queens in 2012. So obviously this qualifies as interesting and potentially very tasty, but first I just need to get over the name first.
99 Flavors Taste Restaurant? Or is it suppose to be 99 Favorite Tastes Restaurant? Not that it really matters, there are a lot of funny English as a second language signs all over town. My favorite is the unfortunately named (and now closed) barber shop Mei Dick. Maybe because I walk by so often that I’ve slowly become obsessed with this massive new restaurant. However, instead of being excited about eating at this new well regarded Chinese hotpot restaurant, I am stuck on the name.
I appreciate that they have been very consistent, all the signage from the temporary grand opening signs to the large Neon Sign all say 99 Favor Taste. Indeed this is their second restaurant both called 99 favor taste.Indeed, maybe now that I have expressed myself on this topic I will be able to get with the program and just let 99 Favor Taste be 99 Favor taste and stop trying to make it, well you know, make sense…