Happy New Year! So What’s For Dinner?

The Chinese New Year will be this Friday, the 31st. It’s the Year of the Horse, folks! Those born in the spirit of the horse are recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves; they’re energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.

Now you know. You’re welcome.

We love our Chinese pals, not just because of their cuisine, but, come on, the food is awesome! True, some people think that New Yorkers only order in their Hunan favorites, but that’s a fallacy. We do actually venture out of our homes from time to time for our favorite Cantonese or Szechuan dishes. Here are some of the best places to chow down:

Joe’s Shanghai is the go-to joint for soup dumplings. Yummy dough-balls filled with pork or crab and soup (yes, that’s inside the dough) couldn’t ever be bad, right? There are three branches: Chinatown, Flushing, Queens and Midtown. (I’d go to the Chinatown or Flushing–I’ve heard that the Midtown location is lacking.)

RedFarm: There are now two locations of this restaurant–one in the Village and one on the Upper West Side. RedFarm brings a green market sensibility to its dim sum and other specialties. It’s a little more expensive than usual Chinese fare, but truly worth it.

Prosperity Dumpling is a tiny shop on the Lower East Side that serves terrific dim sum. And it’s cheap! Dumplings are $1-$2, a pork fried bun is a buck and a sesame pancake is a whopping 50 cents!

Lotus Blue on Reade Street is a cocktail lounge that features food from the Yunnan province in China. Food from that region is spicy and features lots of mushrooms, and, believe it or not, flowers.

Sheng Wang, downtown at 27 Eldridge by Canal, is where you need to go for fresh, hand-pulled noodles. A filling bowl of noodles with a protein of your choice will only set you back about 5 dollars.

Happy New Year, everyone!




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