When I first heard about the chicken wings at Rainbow Cafe I didn't think much about them. It was only after my friend explained that the dish wasn't just chicken, but sticky rice stuffed into fried boneless chicken wings (naw muy gai yick in Cantonese) that I decided it was worth checking out. The sticky rice—which is the same kind you'd find at dim sum, mixed with little pieces of Chinese sausage—is stuffed into deboned wings and then fried. Six pieces come in an order for $7.50. Even if you think you're hungry, you should share this with another person; it's quite filling. I found out the hard way when I was burping sticky rice fried chicken afterwards.


This is the only thing I've eaten at Rainbow Cafe so far, but I plan to go back to try some of their interesting takes on American breakfast items and sandwiches.

Rainbow Cafe

154 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (b/n Grand Street and Broome Street; map); 212-343-7083
773 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (b/n 7th Ave and 8th Ave; map)


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