1000yregg and I needed a snack before a late dinner reservation, so we stopped at Baohaus with petiteseour - a cute snack bar with a small menu of Taiwanese street food - primarily stuffed steamed buns known as bao. There's something great a place that only does a few things, but does them well.
1000yregg and I loved the tongue-in-cheek self-referential FOB-iness (Fresh Off the Boat) of the place. For instance, we ordered the set with 3 baos and a cup of boiled peanuts named (in your best Charlie Chan accent now...) The Straight Frush. The 6 bao set is The Royal Frush.
We got one of each variety of bao: the Haus Bao (Niman Ranch Skirtsteak), the Chairman Bao (Niman Ranch Pork Belly), and the Uncle Jesse (Pan fried tofu coated in sweet potato starch) -- all were served with crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar.
They were all delicious - so much so we had to remind ourselves that we were eating dinner later, otherwise we would have ordered another round!
The peanuts boiled in kosher salt, rice vinegar, and spices were surprisingly tasty as well. For those who live in the Lower East Side, they do deliver as well!