Walking down 3rd Ave last night saw a familiar name above a clean, well lit (but bare) storefront: Zaiya!
The gentlemen inside vouched that it's the same Zaiya as 41st street, set to open this Friday. Much smaller than the café, likely no Beard Papa, steam tables, or much seating, but they promise the same Japanese bakery and prepared-food treasures.
And the Village rejoices.
69 3rd Ave.
(bet. St. Mark's and 7th)