A Popular Taiwanese Chain Opens an Outpost in the East Village

Mung bean cakes, left, and herbal jelly with taro balls are among the treats at Meet Fresh.

You may be familiar with refreshing flavored Taiwanese shaved ice. But at Meet Fresh, the first New York outpost of a dessert cafe chain based in Taiwan, you can also delve into Taiwanese favorites like spongy taro balls, glossy herbal jellies, green tea, fruit drinks and warm, deep purple porridge, among the scores of choices. Copious portions are made to order — from ingredients mostly shipped from Taiwan — and served to eat in or take away: Meet Fresh, 37 Cooper Square (East Sixth Street), 646-371-9011,

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