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When 886 first opened, it was pretty impossible to get a table here. But New Yorkers have short attention spans, and nowadays you can get a reservation pretty easily - which means you could be eating some very good Taiwanese food here any night of the week (except Monday, when it’s closed). The space is small, so it isn’t great for groups, but just bring one other person who wants to eat some lettuce cups and a fried chicken sandwich in the East Village.
What It Is: A new Taiwanese spot on St. Marks
Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner
The first time we tried to go to 886, we were given a 45-minute wait estimate, so we decided to go to The Bao across the street instead. We tried again last week, and got in around 6:45pm on a Tuesday - although the narrow room was already packed with people eating things like stir-fried pork lettuce cups, sausage fried rice, and a spicy fried chicken sandwich. All our food was very tasty, and for such a new restaurant, the place is already running smoothly.
The Verdict: Come here when you want to eat well without spending too much money. We’re adding 886 to the Hit List.
If you want something on the less expensive side, this Taiwanese spot on St. Marks is a good option - as long as you don’t mind a dining room that’s relatively loud and crowded. It’s pretty dark inside, so you might briefly forget that we have a sun, moon, and stars while you’re in here (as opposed to living in a world illuminated by purple neon lights). But the world outside can wait, since you’ll be content eating a great fried chicken sandwich and a rice bowl with bamboo shoots and pork belly.
For a casual meal with one or more people who don’t like cheese but do at least tolerate noise, this neon-lit Taiwanese spot on St. Marks works well. It’s on the inexpensive side for a trendy East Village spot - the shareable stir-fry and rice dishes mostly hover around $15 - but keep in mind that you’ll probably want a fried chicken sandwich all to yourself.
886 is a dark, narrow space full of neon lights, and it could easily be converted into the city’s smallest nightclub. But the reason you come here is for the excellent Taiwanese food, like their big fried chicken sandwich and braised pork with soft boiled egg over seasoned rice. Nothing on the menu costs over $20, so it’s a great spot for an affordable meal with a couple of friends - just be aware that you might accidentally elbow someone at some point during dinner.
This Taiwanese place has a takeout and delivery menu online (and they’re teaming up with Ho Foods and Raku to deliver Bento Boxes to hospitals around NYC - you can check out their Instagram page for more details on how to help).
This Taiwanese place in the East Village is teaming up with Ho Foods and Raku to deliver bento boxes to hospitals around NYC - you can check out their Instagram for more details on how to help (and order their takeout and delivery online as well).
This Taiwanese place has a takeout and delivery menu online (and they’re teaming up with Ho Foods and Raku to deliver bento boxes to hospitals around NYC - you can check out their Instagram page for more details on how to help).