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Washington Square News

Orchard Grocer, located at 78 Orchard St, is an all-vegan deli and grocer. They offer vegan sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream, and groceries for vegans and non-vegans alike. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Orchard Grocer: A vegan paradise for everyone

By Natalie Melendez, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Orchard Grocer, which lies in the heart of the Lower East Side on the lively Orchard Street, is an entirely vegan market and deli that many vegans like myself have come to consider paradise.   Walking...

Damascus Bread and Pastry Shop, located on 195 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, is a Syrian bakery known for its flatbreads, pastries, dips, and spreads.  This bakery has been serving its community since its opening in 1928. (Staff Photo by Gabby Lozano)

Reconnecting with my Iraqi roots at Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor May 3, 2021

I stumbled upon Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop last January upon my return to New York for the spring semester. My mom and I had just spent hours aimlessly walking through the neighborhood to catch a...

The Share Meals app was created in 2009 by NYU alumni Jonathan Chin. NYU students can donate their meal swipes to those in need.  (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

NYU Share Meals helped over 4,000 students last semester. This semester, they want to do more

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 29, 2021

We’ve all heard the expression, “I’m a broke college student,” and most of us have even used it to describe our financial limitations that prohibit us from living lavishly. Yet, behind the joking...

Thiru Kumar, also known as the Dosa Man, has a popular food cart in Washington Square Park, where he serves fresh dosas and other vegan South Asian foods. One of his signature dishes is the

Who’s the Dosa Man? Behind the scenes of the first vegan dosa cart

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 26, 2021

“Have you ever heard of the Dosa Man?” my friend Daniel Cieneva texted me during our 11 a.m. Food Studies lecture last February. Dosa Man? I had hardly heard of dosa, a type of thin flatbread made...

Chef Julian Medina recently rebranded his 10th restaurant Kuxé on Thompson Street to bring his cooking back to its roots. Kuxé serves traditional dishes connected to home cooking in Mexico. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Chef Julian Medina Serves Mexican Food Right —The Traditional Way

By Antonio Pelaez, Contributing Writer April 23, 2021

If you’re tired of the hunt for authentic Mexican food in New York, look no further! Chef Julian Medina opened his 10th restaurant on March 10. He rebranded the Thompson Street location of his chain...

How an NYU Tandon alumnus is growing the sustainable superfood spirulina

How an NYU Tandon alumnus is growing the sustainable superfood spirulina

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 22, 2021

With Earth Day just around the corner, climate activists across the globe have started to remind us of the individual actions we can take to address climate change, particularly eating more sustainably....

Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of prayer, fasting, as well as good food and community. NYU students share their favorite food memories of Ramadan and their plans to celebrate the holiday this year. (Photos by Asma Bawla, Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

NYU students embrace traditional foods during Ramadan

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 16, 2021

Last Monday marked the beginning of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. Prior to my conversations with my interviewees, I thought it was a holy month filled with prayer and fasting. I’m ashamed to admit that...

WSN interviewed 886 restaurant co-owner Andy Chuang. Like many restaurants, 886 suffered a blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the restaurant stepped up to support the community. (Staff Photo by Gabby Lozano)

Give back to 886: a Taiwanese restaurant that empowered the NYC community during COVID-19

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 9, 2021

Taiwanese restaurant 886 is taking the New York restaurant scene by storm with its incredible service, food and devotion to its community. The St. Marks restaurant puts a New York flair on traditional...

Too Good To Go, an app, allows users to buy restaurants' leftover food at a discounted price in an effort to reduce food waste. Users are able to take action against food waste, while also having access to affordable meals. (Staff Photo by George Papazov)

Saving the planet and your wallet

By Natalie Melendez, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

With the enormous portion sizes at today’s restaurants, there’s a good chance you’ll have leftovers at the end of the meal. The best thing to do is to take them home to microwave and enjoy the next...

Tamam Falafel, located near Union Square, is a fast-casual Middle Eastern vegan eatery. They offer plant-based options such as hummus bowls and falafel sandwiches. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Tamam Falafel offers new options for vegan students

By Natalie Melendez, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

I was making my way down 14th Street towards Union Square in late January when I stumbled upon a brand new sign where the 5 Napkin Burger Express shop once was.  The sign was yellow and blue, and right...

Easter celebrations look fairly different for many people this year. This holiday, Dining Editor Gabby made tinga de pollo tacos. (Staff Photo by Gabby Lozano)

Renewing Easter traditions by cooking tacos

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 6, 2021

If you were to ask me about my Easter plans a month ago, I would’ve told you that I was planning on making kleicha, a swirled date cookie prepared by the Chaldean community in Iraq. My grandmother would...

The Union Square farmer's market is a familiar event to many in the NYU area. Local farmers are facing a lot of trouble in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by George Papazov)

Supporting NYU’s local farmers at the Union Square Greenmarket

By Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor April 2, 2021

It’s easy to become lost among the bustling crowds and rows of stands selling freshly baked pastries and seasonal produce that make up the vibrant Union Square Greenmarket. However, outside of the market,...