Popular pop-up market purveyor Mr. Bing gets a (semi) permanent home beginning this weekend, when the jianbing purveyor opens up on St. Marks Place. On Friday, Mr. Bing begins a three month stint in the East Village, which will be a precursor to two other more permanent locations, including a full time cart coming to the Flatiron and a forthcoming brick-and-mortar in Chelsea.
Jianbing, a crepe-like dish that's a common breakfast street food in China, will be the core of the East Village menu, including a simple Classic Bing ($10) with egg, sesame seeds, scallions, hoisin, chili paste and cilantro, up to a Peking Duck-filled Bing ($15). Things like eggs ($1), kimchi ($1) and extra meat ($2) can be added to make the flour crepes more robust.
A few sides, like boiled or pan-fried dumplings in pork and cabbage or vegetable fillings; spicy cucumber salad; and some upcoming salads including pickled cabbage and spinach with sesame fill out the rest of the menu.
Mr. Bing is also currently part of the lineup at Broadway Bites, the outdoor food market that operates seasonally in Greeley Square. Through November 10th, stop by that location for the first sweet bing, which is filled with Nutella.
115 St. Mark's Place; mr-bing.com. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.