Burmese Restaurant's Unexpected Success

Yun Naing, 24, her mother & her father first considered expanding their family-run Yun Cafe, a Burmese restaurant in a Queens subway station. The concept felt dangerous.

As one of only a handful of Burmese restaurants in New York City, the tiny cafe offers a wide range of salads & soups, from the laphet thoke, to the moninga, a fish noodle soup.

Taking their repertory from Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street metro station to Manhattan would imply high rents and a faster tempo.

It would also raise knowledge of Burmese cuisine, which Manhattan has lacked since Cafe Mingala closed in 2016.

When Kyaw, a real estate agent, located a good East Village storefront, the family took the plunge. Little Myanmar has all of Yun Cafe's favourite Burmese cuisine, masala crab curry.

Yun said Kyaw still cooks most of the foods "as we do at home."

She manages the business, putting her Baruch College economics degree to use.

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