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On St. Marks, a Souped-Up, Not-So-Dumpy Spot for Soup Dumplings

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If Chinatown’s new dumpling spot in a deli is a little too homegrown for you, you may feel more at home at The Bao, which opened on St. Marks yesterday. The East Village offshoot of Flushing’s two-year-old Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao specializes — as the name implies – in soup dumplings a la Joe’s Shanghai. The vibe, however, is considerably less dumpy than your average dumpling house.
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With This Korean Pub’s Opening, St. Marks is Looking More and More Like 32nd St.

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

St. Marks Place, long dominated by head shops and Japanese restaurants, looks to be experiencing the first seedlings of a demographic shift. (Don’t worry stoners, the head shops aren’t going anywhere.)

This month, Pan celebrated its relocation from the K-town strip on 32nd Street and its grand opening at 13 St. Marks.
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Think Cronuts Are a Big Deal? Look at This Ice-Cream-Sundae Toast Castle

Behold: honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Behold: honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Parting of the honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Parting of the honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The breaking of the bread. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The breaking of the bread. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The autopsy shot. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The autopsy shot. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Just look at those toast cubes. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Just look at those toast cubes. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Et voila: toast points for all. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Et voila: toast points for all. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Behold: honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)Parting of the honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)The breaking of the bread. (Photo: Anna Silman)The autopsy shot. (Photo: Anna Silman)Just look at those toast cubes. (Photo: Anna Silman)Et voila: toast points for all. (Photo: Anna Silman)

By now you know that cronuts, the biggest phenomenon in crossbreeding since ligers, have become a viral phenomenon to rival even our most venerated online institutions, like Ryan Gosling Vs. a Puppy, or Grumpy Cat.

As a fledgling web operation, Bedford + Bowery is in need of just such a morsel of clickbait, and since our “Game of Thrones” birthday cake doesn’t seem to have gone viral (yet!), we were more than a little excited to see that a new pastry shop had opened on St. Marks Place. Might the next cronut be right under our nose?
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