Zai Lai is a casual Homestyle Taiwanese Spot serving Family Favorites, just like Chef Edward’s Mama made, including Rice Bowls, Noodles, Street Eats, and Taiwanese Breakfast. We are located underground near Columbus Circle. Look for entryways at the corners of 57th St and 8th Avenue.
Chef Edward Huang serves homey, soul-satisfying Taiwanese food inspired by family cooking and his adventures in Taiwan. Each dish has a history, telling a story and conveying life. “Read Our Stories.” Traditional recipes demand traditional flavors, which is why Zai Lai sources its ingredients conscientiously. “Read Our Philosophy.” Stay up to date with upcoming events and take a peek into our kitchen. “Read Our Blog.”
Zai Lai was named after a common Chinese farewell, meaning “come back soon.” As a child visiting Taiwan, Chef Edward would hear “Zai Lai” at the end of the night after savoring the richness of family time and the delight of home cooking. “Zai Lai” represents how a simple meal served with love and care can nourish our lives.
Homestyle food is best eaten within a family environment. We’ll give you a smile when we see you. We’ll do our best to remember your name. We’ll make you some nourishing food that tastes good and is good for you. And we hope you enjoy and come back soon.
1000 S 8TH AVENUE (BETWEEN W 57TH & 58TH ST.), NEW YORK, NY 10019
Monday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
What’s better than Zai Lai? Eating Zai Lai with your friends and coworkers!