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January 26, 2010

My partner-in-dine and I spent all of last week cruising around the city with lightening speed.  We took in a Broadway play, heard a choral concert at Lincoln Center, we saw friends, and art, and of course, we ate.  Here’s one meal I can’t get out of my head.

Gourmet dim sum at the Chinatown Brasserie in the East Village.   The wide open dining room accepts afternoon light like a mountain spring accepts a waterfall.  Red lanterns, ornate chairs, and koi pond created an elegant atmosphere midday on a Tuesday. 

We sipped fragrant, sweet jasmine tea while waiting an extraordinarily long time for the dim sum to arrive.  We had ordered a sampling of their most popular offerings.  Shrimp with watercress dumplings, roast pork buns, turnip cakes, pork, shrimp, and pea shoot shu mai, and shrimp in crispy taro root.  Also, they offered one unique pairing I had never come across: sea bass and avocado tart.  Here’s what arrived at our table.

These dreamy dumplings glistened in the afternoon sun, and various flavors exploded like a roman candle on our tongues.  Yet, each individual ingredient was perfectly discernible within its dainty rice jacket.  One bite of savory shu mai, and the power lunch din fell away completely.   Here’s the shrimp in crispy taro root, along with a mustard dipping sauce, and scallion-soy sauce that added spicy notes to the salty sweet dim sum.  We were smitten with the Chinatown Brasserie, which although mysteriously far from New York’s Chinatown, was a perfectly tailored dining experience.  Everyone in NYC should eat there at once, the rumor is this New York treasure will be closing in a month!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 3:51 pm

    Holy cow those are gorgeous plates.

  2. January 28, 2010 1:04 pm

    I am drooling. And totally kicking myself for never having tried this place while I lived in New York. How the hell didn’t I know about this? You’ve written this post about 3 years too late for me, but I’m glad you had a fantastic meal. Why oh why are they closing?

  3. Kandra permalink
    February 1, 2010 3:49 pm

    Great photos!!

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