Restaurants at a Glance
Although tastefully and elegantly appointed, Café China, in Midtown New York, is a Sichuan restaurant that is incongruously designed like Shanghai from the 1930s. Savouring the dishes, you feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. The kitchen has no intention of blasting or numbing you to oblivion with inordinate outpouring of chilli and peppercorns. Instead, it delivers Sichuan cuisine with poise and precision.
- Shanghai style décor of the 1930s
- Sichuan cuisine that is precise and tasty
- Spiciness that won’t blast you to oblivion
“Hao” means “Good” or “Great” in Chinese. The original name was a mouthful. Take a deep breath and say: Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen. Just as only tourists would refer to Sixth Avenue as Avenue of the Americas, New York foodies have since shortened the long-winded name to just Hao Noodle. A former art gallery owner, Hao Noodle proprietor ZHU Rong is a fan of the voyeuristic photography of Arne Svenson. Several of his works hang on a wall in Hao Noodle.
- Situated in Greenwich Village
- Close to iconic Flatiron Building
- Displays voyeuristic photography of Arne Svenson
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor is one of NYC Chinatown’s oldest restaurants. Nom Wah first opened at Doyers Street in 1920 as a bakery and tea parlour and was particularly famous for its mooncakes. In 2020, Nom Wah will be a spritely 100 years old. From the typeface of the name at the front of the restaurant to the décor, visiting Nom Wah is like rolling back the years. Sitting in the restaurant is not unlike being in a time capsule, lingering or languishing in Hong Kong when movies were black and white, including telephones.
- 100 years old in 2020
- Classic Cantonese dim sums
- Time seems to have stood still in Nom Wah