There's never been a better time to eat Chinese food in New York, and here's our comprehensive-but-selective guide to it all: the good, the great, and the decent, all to help you find the best Chinese food across the boroughs.
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I was only vegan for a month. February—the shortest month of the year—at that. Not long enough to comprehensively explore the many vegan options in this city, but long enough to befriend some new favorites that I otherwise might have scanned past on a menu as a flexitarian.
Being a vegetarian in New York isn't the challenge it used to be, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. Sure, most restaurants these days offer one or two decent vegetarian options, but sometimes you don't want the pasta or a meal made cobbled together from side dishes. With that in mind, here are 60 recommendations for restaurants that accommodate vegetarians without disappointing carnivores.
The Buffalo chicken wing is a thing of American beauty, and if you're looking for it in this city, we have you covered. But we get it: there's more than one way to sauce a bird. If it's fish sauce, toasted chilies, cumin, barbecue smoke, or fried garlic you crave in your next batch of wings, consider this handful of wing wonders.
You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go...
Only after putting together my list did I realize that a full seven out of eight of the very best bites I had in New York this year were from East Asian restaurants. Not a single burger or pizza on the list!
This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen ways to answers to the question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year.
It's prime weather for congee, the Chinese version of oatmeal or grits. Here are ten spots in Chinatown worth a visit for this creamy bowl of comfort food.
It's not every restaurant that can cross the nation without losing something along the way. But this proved to be a good summer for cult favorite West Coast Asian restaurants landing in New York. Our expectations were high for Mission Chinese Food, but after repeated visits—and we've done the walk over to Orchard and Rivington quite a few times by now—we've been delighted again and again.
At just over a week old, it's still way too early to give a full report on the new New York outpost of San Francisco's awesome Mission Chinese Food, but it's not too early to give some quick initial reactions.
Bowien stretches biang biang mien-style noodles. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] My friends in San Francisco like to point out all the advantages their fair city has over mine. The pleasant weather, the superior produce, the three-hour time advantage, the...
Biking over towards 18th and Mission to check out the much-hyped Mission Chinese Food, there was one thought going through my head: "This is gonna be really great, or it's going to suck," as is usually the case when a group of young upstarts (OK, we can call them hipsters) get their hands on a restaurant space and a heretofore un-hipsterfied cuisine. The third option (which turned out to be the reality) hadn't occurred to me: That it was going to be freaking awesome. Bon Appetit just named Mission Chinese Food the second best new restaurant in America, which makes me wonder how freaking awesome must the number one be?