Haven't tried them yet but I've heard good stuff so far...def going to the grand opening on july 1... Here's an interview with Eton Chan:
After a brief stint as a broker in Manhattan, Eton Chan enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in Soho. Upon completion of his courses at the institute, he began his hands-on training in the culinary world by working first at En Japanese Brasserie, and then soon graduated to Cafe Gray and then Asiate at the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel. Most recently, Chan was at Southgate at Jumeirah Essex House. With such an impressive resume of culinary endeavors under his belt, one can't help but ask what initially sparked his interest in food and where his focus lies. Chan replies, "I grew up watching the chefs at my parents' restaurant make dumplings since I was young". He continues, "I've always known that I wanted to focus on Asian cuisine based on French techniques".
He ultimately decided to concentrate on great tasting Asian street foods. The menu at Eton is short and simple. Customers have the option of choosing from three different dumpling options, four hand-pulled noodle options, and shave ice with a variety of flavors and toppings.
As for the dumplings, Chan says, "I started making them for my wife, Krista, at home. Then I would make it for the cooks at Asiate and they would eat them up, even the chef liked them". He also started making the dumplings for the clients at his catering business and they enjoyed them as well. Soon, it became apparent his home-made dumplings were addictively popular among friends and family. Chan wanted to take his passion for cooking, and the food, to the next level.
"So...here I am, with a product that my wife and I think would be a great seller; how can we bring it out?" Ultimately, Eton decided on a concept of selling dumplings with shave ice and hand-pulled noodles. "We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and fell in love with Hawaiian shave ice". Feeling as though there was a lack of presence of shave ice in New York, Chan said to himself: "Why not combine all these foods in one shop? Who says you can't?" And so he did, just in time for summer. The rest of the story will continue on July 1st, 2008 at 3:00 PM at Eton in Carroll Gardens.
Eton Grand Opening: