New York City was once full of automats, restaurants where dishes were pulled from tiny cubbies, like a coin-op cafeteria. One restaurateur thinks it’s an idea whose time has returned. The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop (opening, despite the name, in the East Village this summer) will offer a “Z.H.I.” (Zero Human Interaction) experience, automatically screening guests before welcoming them to a contactless kiosk, after which kitchen staff place the fresh food into a compartment unlocked by cellphone. The dumplings, which feature flavors like Lamb Gyro and Chicken Satay, are similarly innovative.
This sharable snippet comes from the June 19 edition of Corcoran’s Home/Office e-newsletter.