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Gotham Guide: New Tastes from SoHo's Zuul Kitchens, Jackass Burrito & More

Addison Aloian | February 22, 2021 | Food & Drink

Butterfunk Biscuit Chopped Cheese Biscuit

Butterfunk Biscuit's Chopped Cheese Biscuit.

Gotham Guide is a weekly list of new restaurants, special menus and pop-ups throughout New York City. Support local businesses and head out on a culinary adventure with our suggestions below.

It’s been a week since indoor dining reopened in New York City with limited capacity, and we couldn’t be happier that all restaurants in the city can now be supported.

With COVID-19 cases decreasing substantially, it’s important that diners remain cautious when out and about. It also remains important to support your favorite local business and explore new restaurants opening.

This week, we welcome four new ghost kitchen concepts at the Zuul kitchens in SoHo, as well as a new virtual kitchen, Jackass Burrito, and an exciting collaboration at Kimika. Dress warmly, grab a mask, and pick a new favorite eatery from one of our highlights below.

See also: Gotham Guide: New Tastes from Tribeca's Kitchen, Dagon, Hachi Maki & More


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30 Vandam St. / Website

First in the ghost kitchens lineup is Shai, a virtual kitchen specializing in primarily vegetarian dishes offering takeout and delivery as soon as March 1. Shai serves variations of hummus and other Mediterranean bites. Some of their chick pea dishes include Hummus, Falafel, and a Sliced Spice Rubbed & Spit Roasted Chicken Shawarma, all with a choice of delicious sauces.


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Galinha translates to “chicken” in Portuguese, and this ghost kitchen is set to serve Portuguese barbeque, opening March 1. Their brightest menu highlight includes a grilled chicken and linguica dish served with either fries or rice and a spicy piri piri sauce. Galinha is also available for takeout and delivery.

Universal Taco

30 Vandam St. / Website

Also in the March 1 kick-off, ghost kitchens lineup is Universal Taco, a concept who’s aim is to use the tortilla as a vehicle to disburse global flavors. Universal Taco offers unique options such as Baja-style Shrimp, Pork Carnitas, Moo Shu, Chicken Shawarma and Peking Duck. The hope is to celebrate the diversity of Mexico City and honor the origins of the taco. All menu items are available for takeout and delivery.

See also: The 11 Best Burgers in NYC, According to the Gotham Burger Social Club

Butterfunk Biscuit

30 Vandam St. / Website

The last concept of the Zuul ghost kitchens is Butterfunk Biscuit, a spot emphasizing all the intricacies of the biscuit and sandwiches that represent Harlem, New York City and African-American culture. Menu options incude the Brown Sugar Buttermilk Biscuit and Country Sausage Gravy, the Chopped Cheese Biscuit, the Crispy Fried Chicken Biscuit and the Avocado Toast Biscuit. There’s something at this spot for everyone, available for takeout and delivery March 1.

Jackass Burrito


Jackass Burrito is restauranteur Stephen Starr’s first virtual restaurant in New York City that officially began during the first week of February. The menu features five signature burritos that can be turned into a bowl as well as staples like chips and guacamole. The food is made out of Starr’s El Vez kitchen in Battery Park. Hours of operation are Sunday to Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Takeout and delivery is available via all major delivery platforms.

Kimika x Vibrant Emotional Health Collaboration

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Kimika, the recently-opened Japanese-Italian restaurant in SoHo, has collaborated with Vibrant Emotional Health, a non-profit organization that has promoted mental health and wellness for more than 50 years. To bring awareness to mental health needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kimika is offering a special three-course “Pick Me Up” pre-fixe dinner costing $46 per person from Feb. 24 to 28, to which 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to Vibrant. The menu includes pan-fried linguine, a special broccoli dish, Budino di Cornetto and London Fog. The meal can be ordered online.

Photography by: Courtesy Butterfunk Biscuit