China Blue would be a great place to film a movie. It’s huge, and decorated in a sort of Jazz Age style, with lamps that have hanging crystals and other assorted vintage accessories. They’re owned by the same people as Midtown’s Cafe China and Williamsburg’s Birds Of A Feather, and focus on Shanghai-style food. Get any of the dumplings, the crispy eel, and the noodles with scallion sauce and dried shrimp. If you’re not into filming movies, it’s a great option for a big group dinner or private event.
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Farra is a wine bar in Tribeca from the people behind (temporarily closed) Atera. Order the scallop fried rice.
Takahachi Bakery in Tribeca specializes in Japanese pastries, especially of the matcha variety.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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Sally’s is a Caribbean spot in Bed-Stuy where you should get dinner or drinks someone who’s cooler than you.
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A small dumpling spot in the main floor of the Golden World Mall, boiled, not fried, is the way to go here.
Szechuan House is a Szechuan restaurant in Flushing that’s been around since the 1980s.
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The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Tetsu is a Japanese restaurant in Tribeca from the chef behind Masa. It’s basically a stand-in for Nobu.
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