Manhattan – Lower East Side
22 Orchard St. (bet. Hester and Canal Sts.)
Manhattan, NY 10002
Lower Orchard Street, on the border of Chinatown, is a happening enclave of art galleries, boutiques and hip restaurants like The Fat Radish and Fung Tu. The latter serves innovative Chinese cuisine via Jonathan Wu, a vet of Per Se. Much of it changes seasonally, including the garnishes for cocktails served at a bar lit by art-deco-style lanterns. Spongy Parker House steamed buns may be filled with sunchokes, shiitake mushrooms and glass noodles, delectable when doused with chili oil and soy sauce. Dumpling knots with Sichuan ground pork sauce, an Asian take on pasta Bolognese, should be available year-round. The dining room has mini booths on one side and commodious seating on the other, making it ideal for intimate dates as well as group outings. Rather than eating fortune cookies, end the meal with rich peanut butter-chocolate ganache balls rolled in sesame seeds.
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