There is a long lineage of Chinese restaurants in New York City, from upscale stalwarts in Midtown to authentic Szechuan fare in Flushing. You can find pork buns, dim sum, soup dumplings, the list goes on and on. With so many options, we bring you our top picks of Chinese eateries in the city, just in time for the Chinese New Year. And if that’s not enough, be sure to check out our Sunday in Chinatown column by Luke Kingma.
From our previous adventure to find the best dumplings in NYC, we put Prosperity pretty high up on the list. This is one of the smallest dollar dumpling destinations on the list but definitely one of the best. They serve dumplings in two styles – fried and boiled. Prosperity Dumpling is the quintessential hole in the wall joint, steaming and frying up delicious dumplings just in time for the Chinese new year. They have a wonderful variety of fillings you can try and great crispy sesame pancakes as an add-on.
The New York City hot dog, best served street side doused in ketchup and mustard, is both gritty and served quickly—indeed an emblem of the city itself. Each urban space and culture around the world develops its own street food, from currywurst in Berlin to porchetta sandwiches in Rome. In many instances street food is one of the most authentic and accessible foods one can eat in a foreign country, presenting culinary traditions adopted to modern urban centers.
The restaurants that our grandparents told us about are getting replaced weekly. The last automats in New York have long since closed down. And naturally, many New Yorkers are worrying for their city. Our suggestion? Go dine at some of the oldest and greatest places in the city before they’re replaced. Or go with faith that they won’t be replaced; after all, they’ve withstood the test of time so far. With the help of Mitch Broder’s new book, Discovering Vintage New York, we’ve compiled some of our favorite vintage discoveries.
The famous “We Want Beer” Prohibition protest in New York City featuring Mayor Jimmy Walker. (Image Courtesy Associated Press)
On January 16, 1919 in New York City history, one of the largest social experiments came into effect: Prohibition. The 18th Amendment to the constitution was ratified on this date and made it illegal to manufacture, sell, or transport, “intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” In New York City, the mayor sent all his constituents instructions to make their own wine, as was still allowed for “religious purposes.” It wasn’t until later in 1919 and onward that law enforcement was able to prosecute violators of the prohibition laws, which led to the arrest of over 7,000 people in NYC between 1921 and 1923. (Only 27 of these arrests resulted in convictions.) (more…)
Though New York is often dubbed as the “city that never sleeps”, only a handful of shops can truly pride themselves as a 24 hour destination — that is, a business that stays open for a consecutive 24 hours during the week. While there are countless eateries, food stands, and diners that always keep their lights on (like our favorites Wo Hop and Halal Guys), here are a few others you might want to explore on your next late-night odyssey.
Walk into the Mast Brothers chocolate shop/factory in Williamsburg and the scent of dark, almost bitter cocoa hits you immediately. This is not a chocolate factory like Willy Wonka‘s. The only experimenting here is done with pure, preservative-free ingredients. Brothers Rick and Michael Mast have been making American craft chocolate since 2007.
What started as a tiny operation in the kitchen of their Brooklyn apartment has grown to the point that they’ve just opened a new production facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We went behind the scenes at their location on N 3rd Street in Williamsburg with Derek Herbster, the Mast Brothers’ Executive Manager, who gave us the lowdown on the bean-to-bar process of making chocolate and some exciting news about what the Mast Brothers have in store. (more…)