"In a three-block radius, there's every kind of fast food,"
says Etsuko Kizawa, an erstwhile designer determined to offer her Lower East
Side neighborhood a healthier alternative to KFC and Burger King. So last month,
she converted her handbag boutique into Soy, a minuscule, honeydew-green
bastion of soybeans in every form, from edamame and tofu to roasted-soybean
snacks, green-tea soy smoothies, even soy coffee. And for expert assistance
in preparing "classic Japanese mama's dishes" like beef-and-potato stew and
curry rice, Kizawa imported two temps from Japan: her parents.
102 Suffolk Street
· Cuisine: Japanese