Bao by Kaya: A New Taiwanese Eatery in Jersey City

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If you find yourself on the third floor of Newport Centre in Jersey City, you’ll notice a new addition to the mall’s Dining District. Bao by Kaya is a Manhattan-based Taiwanese eatery with two Urbanspace locations throughout New York City. And now? You can find it right here in JC. Keep reading to learn all about Bao by Kaya, a new Taiwanese eatery in Jersey City. 

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About Bao by Kaya 

“We are delighted about the opening of Bao by Kaya at Newport Centre,” said Jill Daniel, director of marketing and business development at Newport Centre. “The attentive staff and deep passion for authentic Taiwanese food will provide an incredible food offering for the Newport Centre shopper.”

Characterized by an illuminated sign, bright yellow backsplash, and a neon sign proclaiming, “Have a bao-tiful day!,” Bao by Kaya is sure to put a smile on your face… especially if you’re craving Taiwanese food.

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What started back in 2014 as a New York street vendor is now a three-location franchise specializing in Asian food, particularly Taiwanese cuisines such as Gua Bao, a dish of steamed buns filled with meats, dumplings, spring rolls, sesame noodles, popcorn chicken, and rice platters. The star of Bao by Kaya, of course, is the bao.

About Bao + What’s on the Menu 

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Need a refresher on bao? Bao of course {we had to}. Bao is a kind of like a bread dumpling, as it’s a bun with various fillings inside.

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If you’re a big fan of Asian drinks, such as classic bubble milk tea, bubble green tea, or Thai iced tea, there’s good news. At the new Bao shop in Newport Centre, you can find all of these classic drinks and more. Other beverages on the menu include lychee green tea, honey green tea, jasmine milk tea, and Taiwanese apple sidra.

Located next to Taste of India and Charley’s Philly Steaks, Bao features vegetarian options like the Buddha Bao — fried tofu, red cabbage, red onion, cilantro, sesame seeds, and sweet chili sauce — rice bowls, and even some gluten-free options. Besides tofu, meat-eaters also have many protein choices as any of the baos can be outfitted with the following: pork belly, red curry chicken, shrimp tempura, and braised beef.

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Rice bowls come with all the same protein options, plus a popcorn chicken option.

With two other New York City locations and two additional Manhattan pop-ups {coming soon}, the Newport Centre shop marks the casual Asian eatery’s first foray into Jersey. The co-founders founded Bao by Kaya in honor of their parents, who had opened a string of dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong back in the ’90s. Their parents’ own restaurant ventures inspired by a strong passion for Asian food and eventually, Bao by Kaya came to life.

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Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.