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Taiwanese Restaurant to Open on Vernon Boulevard at Former Desi Bowl Location

A Taiwanese restaurant is moving into the former Desi Bowl location at 49-11 Vernon Blvd. (Photo: Queens Post)

Aug. 8, 2018 By Shane O’Brien

A Taiwanese restaurant is set to open on Vernon Boulevard later this year taking the space that was occupied by Desi Bowl, a Mexican Indian fusion restaurant, that closed in April.

Yumpling, which operates a food truck that serves Manhattan and Brooklyn, will be opening its first brick-and-mortar restaurant at 49-11 Vernon Blvd. The establishment will seat between 15 and 20 people and owner Jeff Fann said that he aims to have a soft opening around November.

Fann said that the restaurant will offer a fast-casual style of service, and the menu will retain all dishes currently available from the truck.

Like the truck, the eatery will offer a selection of bowls, which are served over rice with greens and a soy egg. Customers can pick from a selection of slow-braised beef, crispy chicken, stir-fried eggplant and pork chops. Bowls also come with a side of garlicky cucumber, edamame and tofu salad or pickled lotus.

The truck offers other choices, such as a fried chicken sandwich which comes with shoestring fries.

The menu will be expanded for the Vernon Boulevard location and new items will include vegetarian dumplings and beef noodle soup, among other items.

Menu prices have yet to be set but Fann anticipates that they will be similar to the truck–despite the higher overhead. Prices currently range from $12 to $14 for an entrée or a bowl.

Yumpling was co-founded by Fann, Chris Yu and Howie Jeon in 2016.

The Court Square blog was first to report the story.

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Very excited for late night snacks from this place. I could see this place mobbed after the bars close. 24 hour dumpling is exactly what LIC needs

Jason Smith

Hope they will do a typical Taiwan breakfast too!!!! Fan tuan, turnip cakes and rice milk. YummY!!!!!


All of a sudden there are three Chinese restaurants. Hope this keeps prices and quality competitive.

Dumpling lover

this is Taiwanese not Chinese. Yes I hope the quality and prices are good too. Late nights and dumplings are simply magic. Thank you for coming to LIC Can’t wait!! welcome Yumpling!


Let us see how long this one will last? One opens , One closes. A Not so merry go round.


Woohooo! Something different and it’s not Shi. Glad we’re getting a variety of Chinese food in the neighborhood. There hasn’t been any good quality Chinese food since City Café closed back in 2012.


The Yumpling food truck is quite good with long lines each time I pass by it near its midtown location. Along with Chairman Sun, which soft opened last night and I had the opportunity to try, Go Nonna, etc. I hope this is a sign of newer, better options than what’s currently along the Vernon strip.


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