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Little Tong’s Mixian Mixes Up NY’s Noodle Landscape

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in Best Of, Chinese Restaurants

From ramen and lo mein, to pad thai, pho, and laksa, there are endless variations of Asian-style noodles available in New York. Yet, Little Tong Noodle Shop has managed to introduce a seldom-seen species to the pasta savvy city, focusing on a Yunnanese specialty called mixian…

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Where to Dine During Chinese New Year 2017

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According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, the New Year — which just happens to be the Year of the Rooster — doesn’t really begin until January 28th. So if you want to hedge your bets for longevity, prosperity, family togetherness and happiness in the coming months (and goodness knows, we all need it), consider feasting on spring rolls, dumplings and noodles at the following observant spots…

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Inside Hao Noodle & Tea: The Biggest Sleeper Hit of 2016

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A number of new prestige projects reliably made critics “best of” lists this past year, from Daniel Rose’s sumptuous, classically French Le Coucou, to Aska, Fredrik Berselius’ austere Scandinavian tasting room. Yet an (at the time) under-the-radar Chinese restaurant ended up garnering an equal measure of praise — that would be Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen — a debut American venture from a prolific restaurateur, with establishments throughout Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai.

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Tim Ho Wan is Your Ultimate Chrismukkah Destination

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Chinese food is actually an integral part of many a Jew’s holiday season — it’s tradition to go out for Asian delicacies like Peking duck on Christmas Day, while most Christian celebrants are tucked away at home. And with the recent opening of a NYC outpost of Tim Ho Wan (i.e., the world’s most inexpensive, Michelin-starred restaurant), the “Chosen People” are really in luck this year because they have a solid chance at scoring one of the year’s most sought-after tables…

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Drunken Dumpling Debuts Super Sized Soup Dumplings in the East Village

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in Dish Spotting, Ethnic Eats, Restaurant Spotting

It’s almost soup season, so how about slurping an entire serving of broth from the savory innards of a dumpling? Most xiaolongbao (a special type of Chinese dumpling, whose meatball centers are sheathed in gelatinized soup, which liquefies when steamed) are good for a sip or two. But in the East Village, the recently opened Drunken Dumpling takes things to the next level, with their newfangled, bowl-sized “XL XLB”…

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Guide to New York Beer Week 2016

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Beer is bigger then ever, which is why it only makes sense that New York City’s Eighth Annual Beer Week actually lasts for nine days. From February 19th-28th, top bars and restaurants from throughout all five boroughs will engage in an all-out celebration of suds, and we’ve rounded up some don’t-miss events — from a four-course beer-bent dinner at Lupulo to a grilled cheese pairing at Stinky Bklyn…

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New York’s Most Innovative Chinese Restaurants

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Thanks to a stable of talented chefs at the very top of their game — from Per Se’s Jonathan Wu (Fung Tu) to Tuome’s Thomas Chen (Eleven Madison Park) and the incomparable Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese) — Chinese is finally getting the citywide respect it so deeply and utterly deserves. So here’s a few awesome spots to celebrate the Chinese New Year this week…

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Lumos NYC is America’s Very First Baijiu Bar

Neighborhood: , | Featured in Drink Spotting, Ethnic Eats

New York may be experiencing a Chinese food renaissance — with modern spots like Tuome & Decoy — but that hasn’t done much for the stagnant state of their drinks and desserts. Until now. Lumos NYC is America’s first “Baijiu Bar,” showcasing the traditional, 5000 year-old celebratory liquor of China…

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Bar Goto is a Lower East Side Go-To

Neighborhood: , | Featured in Drink Spotting, Restaurant

Kenta Goto is the latest star-tender to emerge from the Pegu Club, following in the footsteps of Phil Ward (Death & Co.), St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance), Del Pedro (Tooker Alley), and Jim Kearns (The Happiest Hour), to open his very own industry-approved speakeasy. Called Bar Goto, the Lower East Side spot hones in on his Japanese heritage with cocktails made with sake, shochu, alongside extensive selection of izakaya fare.

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Q & A with Fung Tu’s Jonathan Wu and John Matt Wells

Neighborhood: , | Featured in Chef Q&A, Chef Q&A Recipes

At the forefront of the refined Chinese food trend, Fung Tu — fittingly straddling traditional Chinatown and the envelope-pushing East Village — gained instant notice for dishes like Bean Curd and Bacon Terrine, Smoked Chicken Salad over Masa Pancakes, and smoky, Duck-Stuffed Dates. But it sort of faded into the background just as fast, in the face of Danny Bowien’s flashier Mission Chinese Food and Thomas Chen’s newer Tuome.

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Northern Tiger Brings Seasonal Chinese Fare to Hudson Eats

Neighborhood: | Featured in Ethnic Eats, First Bite

Northern Tiger has taken possession of the last space in Hudson Eats, offering farm-to-table Chinese fare with an emphasis on dumplings and noodles. And while it’s owned by the team from the similarly seasonally-focused restaurant, Yunnan Kitchen, its very much its own project — refreshing, since the market is mostly occupied by mini chains such as Num Pang, Umami Burger, and Mighty Quinn’s.

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The 8 Luckiest Spots to Spend Chinese New Year 2015

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Here’s yet another upcoming celebration, to help you party your way into March — Chinese New Year! The longest public holiday in China (commemorated from February 18th-24th this year), it’s an opportunity to welcome the coming spring, and promote good luck during the months to come. And whether you happen to be Chinese or not, it’s an excellent excuse to feast on some of the best Chinese food around, so here’s where to celebrate the Year of the Sheep in New York!

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Tuome – Review

Neighborhood: | Featured in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant, Reviews

I wasn’t expecting to stumble on such a buzzy vibe at East Village newcomer, Tuome, on such a rainy night. Chinese fusion — oh how I hate the F word — isn’t exactly in fashion. In fact, most people are wary of any fusion at all. (The mere mention often makes people cringe!) And yet, there I was filing into a packed dining room, filled with the energy of eager eaters, nibbling away on a hybrid of Chinese and New American cooking…

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Guide to New York Cider Week 2014

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The popularity of cider has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, to the point that there are practically as many varieties of fermented apple juice on bar menus nowadays as there are of beer and wine. Cider actually has an annual celebration all to its own called New York Cider Week, being held from October 24th to November 2nd this year. So here are a few apple-centric events you simply wont want to miss…

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Chinese Food Has Its Day

Neighborhood: | Featured in Ethnic Eats, Trendwatch

In light of New York’s current, expansively multi-cultural dining scene, it’s hard to remember that for years, higher-end restaurants in the city were almost exclusively Italian or French. What’s interesting, though, is how long it took Chinese cooking to make its way out of the fast-casual ethnic realm…

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Q & A with Tuome’s Thomas Chen

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Chinese food is definitely having a moment right now, and we’re not talking about Lo Mein and Fried Rice. Young chefs like Thomas Chen — an Eleven Madison Park vet who just opened his first restaurant, Tuome, in the East Village — are putting a fresh, contemporary face on the cuisine, using top-notch ingredients and refined techniques in order to finally take Chinese fare to the next level…

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Redefining Brunch at the Modern Chinese Eatery, Fung Tu

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Brunch has really taken it on the chin lately, with a number of food writers calling into question the appeal of the mid-morning meal — so often associated with overcooked eggs, overpriced pancakes, and overly long lines. But contemporary newcomers, like the year-old Fung Tu, are working hard to counteract those negative connotations, by staying blessedly true to their own culinary identities…

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Duck, Duck, Good at Decoy

Neighborhood: | Featured in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

RedFarm has been a fancified Chinese food fixture in the West Village for years now, beloved for owner Ed Schoenfeld, his famous charm & chef Joe Ng, maker of supremely delicate PacMan Dumplings. But over the last months, the restaurant’s undergone a flurry of change, including a swanky cocktail lounge and modern Peking Duck house called Decoy…

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Al Fresco Drinking at Gallow Green

Neighborhood: | Featured in Al Fresco Dining, Drink Spotting

If we can’t drink and dine on the waterfront all summer, there’s only one other place we’d rather be — up on the roof. It’s the consummate city experience… clinging onto a cocktail while precariously perched at the lip of a high rise building, peering out at the skyline and down at the bustling streets below. And when it comes to especially chic roof bars, it doesn’t get much better than Gallow Green, located on the very top of The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea…

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Neighborhood: , | Featured in City Guides, Restaurant

If you’ve spent time traveling abroad, I’m sure you’ve realized it isn’t exactly the easiest thing to make dinner reservations on your own, what with country codes and different time zones.  Never mind foreign countries with languages that are foreign to you, too.   And it’s even harder to get a table at a hot restaurant where prime time tables are scarce.  If you don’t speak the language, you have to rely on your hotel’s concierge to do the negotiating for you. (And if you rented a flat, villa, apartment, or chateau, well, it’s even more impossible.) According to the food blog, Eater, a reservation at Yam’Tcha is one of the “Eleven Toughest Reservations in the World.”   (It’s in such esteemed company as Noma, Tickets and The Fat Duck.)   Truth be told, one of the reasons it’s so difficult is...

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