Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?
Bacaro sits in the space of a former aquarium, having been transformed into stylish two-story osteria and wine bar, decked in antique touches and exposed brick. Serving a menu of Italian dishes with wines to match, this rustic eatery promises a romantic evening. www.bacaronyc.com
Open since 1978, this Chinatown ice cream shop sells traditional flavors as well as more exotic choices. Black sesame, avocado, and lychee are some of the more nontraditional ice cream and sorbet flavors offered. They also sell signature ice cream cakes. www.chinatownicecreamfactory.com Jamie Rosen (Beauty Director, Town and Country) recommends the almond cookie ice cream.
This Chinese bakery offers traditional Chinese bakery goods, and is an icon in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Their pastries are light and buttery, and their cakes are fluffy and moist. They even offer the tapioca pearled bubble teas, along with more common coffees and teas. www.fayda.com
On the border between Chinatown and the Lower East Side, this cozy bar attracts everyone from businessmen to the avid tattooed skateboarder. The cocktails, beer, and bar food are superb and have created a legion of devotees who go rain or shine. The owner of Chalk Point Kitchen, Matt Levine, considers their breakfast part of his [...]
A late-night hotspot for Hong Kong cooking, Great NY Noodletown exudes little effort in their decor, leaving the focus in the food. Their Cantonese specialties like soft-shell crabs stay true to their name as well as attracting an eclectic crowd. www.greatnynoodletown.com
This Vietnamese gem is a quick, wallet-friendly destination hidden in Chinatown. At Nha Trang, they promise nothing more than flawless Vietnamese staples, drawing an eclectic mix of loyal clientele. www.nhatrangone.com
With slight moves, alterations and a change of owners, the Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been around since 1920. Also featured in several television shows and movies, the shop is a no-frills experience for cheap and delicious food. It is pretty much always busy and always delicious. A great place to order too much food [...]
A basement level Mexican restaurant in the middle of Chinatown, Pulqueria is a hidden spot that’s great for dancing as well as a casual sit-down meal. The space is inspired by the street markets of Mexico and by ancient Aztec culture, and it’s named after an alcoholic beverage—Pulque, made from an agave plant—that it was [...]
Shanghai Café is a delicious mecca in Chinatown for some of the most authentic soup dumplings you can find. Also a great haunt for delicious traditional Chinese, you may as well be eating squatted on a street corner in Shanghai. www.shanghaicafenyc.com