While social distancing restrictions have delayed a New York City restaurant’s arrival along the Jersey side of the Hudson River, the anticipated eatery is offering contactless delivery via pre-orders as they hope for more traditional dining later this year.
Early last year, we reported that Asian eatery Yaso Tangbao would be joining Cosi and Bluestone Lane at 30 Hudson Street. The restaurant describes themselves as a fast-casual restaurant inspired by the vibrant flavors and swift service of Shanghainese street hawker fare.
The endeavor is the brainchild of friends Chi Zhang, Kevin Gu, Chongwu Du, and chef Zongxing Tu, who cut his teeth as a master of soup dumplings at the first Joe’s Shanghai in Flushing, Queens. The pals joined forces in 2015 to form Yaso Tangbao and their Jersey City outpost is slated to be their fourth location.
While Yaso Tangbao isn’t serving customers out of their Exchange Place space just yet, pre-order combo meals are now available for delivery in Jersey City and Hoboken through their website. The packages serve anywhere from two to twelve meals and all proteins, grains, and vegetables are cooked, chilled, and sent refrigerated for customers to reheat using a pot, pan, wok, or microwave.
Yaso Tangbao’s Hudson county deliveries will be made on Wednesdays and Sundays between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Folks who order through their website will have the option of donating a meal for hospital workers on the front lines at NYU Langone Brooklyn Campus for $12 (you can even include a personalized thank you note) and the restaurant will match every meal that their customers contribute.
Menu highlights at Yaso Tangbao are dumpling heavy and their other signature dishes include braised pork meatballs, sweet and sour pork ribs, and steamed or pan-fried baos. Besides the dumplings, noodle and rice dishes feature prominently with proteins ranging from fried chicken to pork to braised tofu.
For their delivery service, the restaurant is offering bamboo steamers for customers to reheat their food and has various Asian teas plus their house-made soy sauce and chili oil available for purchase. The eatery will be running their delivery service for the foreseeable future, as a formal opening for Yaso Tangbao’s Jersey City outpost remains in flux.