'Chinese' on Serious Eats

RedFarm Comes Home to the Upper West Side

RedFarm serves an easy cuisine to roll your eyes at: why would I pay $3 per dumpling when I can get five dumplings by handing over a single dollar to an honest-to-goodness Chinese person in Chinatown? Where are the fiery flavors and wacky animal parts? Where's the rock and roll of Sichuan peppercorns or fermented sauces? RedFarm has none of these things, yet to fault it on those issues is to miss the point: A meal at RedFarm is every bit as authentic; The cuisine it specializes in—Upper West Side Haute Chinese-American—was practically invented by the proprietors and chef. More

Mee Noodle Shop is Back, But Has New York Moved On?

Since Mee Noodle Shop closed in 2006, New York's Chinese food has evolved. Diners now know that "Chinese food" isn't a single category; they look for Sichuan or Cantonese food in restaurants specializing in those cuisines. And a rush of new options for quality Chinese—Han Dynasty, Hot Kitchen, Xi'an Famous Foods, and even Grand Sichuan—make Mee's reopening far less relevant, except for the gentle price. More

Chinatown for Vegetarians: 'Beef' Cooked in a Pumpkin

Vegetarian Dim Sum House specializes in fake meat, which might be an instant turn-off for some, but fine seitan and tofu cookery is a tradition that stretches back centuries in China, and with the right chef and the right dish, it really can be a beautiful thing. For a centerpiece dish you'll have to order off menu for a platter of mock beef in brown sauce baked inside a whole kabocha squash. More

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