Before the pandemic, I would’ve recommended going inside Hong Kong bakery Kam Boat in Chinatown for the full Chinese bakery experience: grab a tray, a pair of tongs, and pick out some baked goods from their wide assortment. These days, I still recommend dropping by, but expect that an employee will handle your treats of choice. The egg tarts here are also some of the best in the city - the crust is a little more crumbly than flaky, and the egg custard center is impossibly smooth. I like to buy these egg tarts by the dozen, save two for myself, and bring the rest to potlucks to share with all my friends.
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August Gatherings is an upscale spot in Chinatown with a big menu of everything from foie gras to fish ball soup.
Super Taste is a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown that makes really good hand-pulled noodles.
Hop Kee is a restaurant in a basement in Chinatown that’s been around since the 1960′s. Stop by for some late-night Cantonese-style crab.
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99 Favor Taste
99 Favor Taste is a Chinese hot pot and Korean BBQ restaurant with a bunch of locations around NYC, including this New Dorp Lane spot on Staten Island
Szechuan Mountain House 川山甲
Szechuan Mountain House is a fun Szechuan restaurant to bring a date or a friend on St. Marks Place in the East Village.
Little Pepper is a Szechuan restaurant in College Point that makes some of our favorite mapo tofu in the city.
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