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Chinatown Brasserie

380 Lafayette St.
New York, NY, 10003, United States
TEL: (212) 533-7000

This loud and dark stylized place with its ornate cocktails, Rat Pack-style red leather booths, and electronica soundtrack might look like yet another faux-Asian downtown boîte. Then you tuck into the dim sum and realize that you haven’t eaten like this since your last trip to Hong Kong. With a little coaching from famed China hand Eddie Schoenfeld, dim sum maestro Joe Ng offers up a parade of perfect textures and flavors, each dumpling completely distinct from the next. Here are the twisted Shanghainese crab and pork pouches bursting with broth, and the perfectly plump pan-fried pork pot stickers. Here, too, are moist lacquered-skinned slices of barbecued duck, delicate steamed shrimp and snow-pea triangles, and crisp turnip cakes with ham and XO sauce. Ng even turns the usually banal egg roll into a shatteringly crisp—and greaseless—masterpiece.

Insider Tip:

Though dim sum is served at all meals, come for a weekday lunch when it’s quiet—the room looks both crisp and opulent in the daylight, and the waitstaff is less harried.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • Large Groups
  • Notable Chef
  • Patio/Outdoor Seating
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Private Room Available

Cuisine Type:: Chinese


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