Food Stall at Urbanspace Helps Up-and-Coming Chefs

Food Stall at Urbanspace Helps Up-and-Coming Chefs

Among the scores of kiosks and stalls within the Urbanspace market halls, there’s a new one with a difference in the Vanderbilt location. Meryenda, from the chef Edie Ugot, serves Filipino dishes, like crisp and nicely spiced pork and shrimp lumpia; pancit, or glass noodles, with pork belly, sausage and vegetables; and chicken adobo over jasmine rice. Ms. Ugot is the first participant in the restaurant incubator, the Citi Test Kitchen, at this location. It’s a cooperative effort between the Citi corporation and Urbanspace to encourage new entrepreneurs with a rent-free space. Meryenda will be in residence for five months at this stall.

Meryenda, Urbanspace Vanderbilt, 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, 646-747-0810,

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