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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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.

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