What To Eat At Urbanspace NYC Locations With Citi

This list will introduce you to the city’s most promising chefs at Urbanspace at 570 Lex and Urbanspace Vanderbilt

Finding something to eat in Manhattan isn't exactly difficult. If anything, the issue with dining out in the city is that there are too many choices—which makes it easier to stick to the favorites you already love. But when you're in the mood to try something new from the city's top emerging culinary talents, you don't have to go on an Instagram hashtag hunt to find the under-the-radar dishes worth seeking out: Instead, just head to Urbanspace.

With two permanent food hall locations, Urbanspace features a rotating cast of local vendors chosen for their dedication to creating innovative fare. Whether you're in the mood for Beijing-style street food or a heaping slice of Brooklyn Blackout cake, you'll find it at either Urbanspace at 570 Lex or Urbanspace Vanderbilt food halls.

To help you plan your next visit, here are a few standout vendors (and their must-try dishes). If that's not enough, you'll also get an exclusive bonus when you use your Citi card. It's just another way that Citi and Urbanspace are connecting local chefs with local communities.

Bao by Kaya

Urbanspace at 570 Lex

Taiwanese food is the focus at this highly popular stand—but Gua Bao, pillowy white steamed buns served with meat, are the specialty. Try the Peking Duck Bao, which is packed with a sweet-yet-savory mix of roast duck, scallions, cucumbers, crushed peanuts and hoisin sauce.

Pro tip: Complete your lunch with a free bubble tea or Taiwanese soda with any meal purchase when you use your Citi card.

La Palapa

Urbanspace Vanderbilt

You can't go wrong with Mexican food, especially when it's this good. The menu comes courtesy of chef Barbara Sibley, who dedicated her career to reinterpreting rare and ancient Mexican recipes, so you know you're getting the real deal. Make your way through all the taco options, starting with the subtly spiced Pork Al Pastor (pineapple-chile-rubbed pork).

Pro tip: Enjoy a free hibiscus slushie with any three-tacos purchase by using your Citi card.


Urbanspace at 570 Lex

Named for the classic Roman street food (a pocket of fresh-baked pizza dough packed with the filling of your choice), Trapizzino is where you go to satisfy your Italian cravings. You'll quickly come to the conclusion that everything is better when encased in pizza dough. The stand offers eight versions daily—and if one of those options happens to be Coda Alla Vaccinara, a rich braised oxtail and red wine filling, go for it.

Pro tip: Get a free suppli (any flavor) with purchase when you use your Citi card.


Urbanspace Vanderbilt

Looking for something sweet? This award-winning bakery has you covered. Ovenly pushes the baking boundaries with innovative flavor combinations at the intersection of sweet and savory, often with a dash of spice. The pistachio cardamom cake with honey buttercream is an excellent intro to their baking wheelhouse.

Pro tip: A free coffee is yours with purchase when you use your Citi card.

Mr Bing

Urbanspace Vanderbilt

This Beijing-style street food purveyor serves the eponymous crepe that's popularly used to create sandwiches. The crepe starts with a mung bean, rice and wheat flour batter, which is then coated with scrambled egg, sesame seeds, scallions, hoisin sauce, crispy chile paste and cilantro. Fillings vary, with everything from Peking duck to vegetarian options, but the drunken chicken is a standout choice.

Pro tip: Get a free side salad (spicy Pickled Cucumber or Pickled Cabbage Salad only) with the purchase of any bing just for using your Citi card.

Want to help discover the next vendor at Urbanspace? Cast your vote in the Citi Urbanspace Challenge, which will give one small business owner a three-month lease at Urbanspace at 570 Lex. Visit an Urbanspace pop-up between September 8 and November 2, and cast your vote for one of three finalists. For more details, visit urbanspacenyc.com/challenge.