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Another Chinese Restaurant Chain Is Coming to Manhattan

Plus, places to drink on New Year’s Eve — and more intel

A rendering of the bar at Grandma’s Home, a Chinese chain with more than 200 locations.
Grandma’s Home, a chain that specializes in Hangzhou cooking, opens in Manhattan next year.
Grandma’s Home

Another Chinese chain is coming to Manhattan. Grandma’s Home, a restaurant with more than 200 locations in China, is opening at 56 W. 22nd Street, near Sixth Avenue, early next year, a company spokesperson confirms. The chain specializes in Hangzhou cooking — dishes like clay pot chicken and green tea shrimp that are light, mild, and sometimes sweet. The Manhattan location is run by Julia Zhu, the daughter of one of the restaurant’s founders. It’s the latest chain from China to open here, following new locations of Hey Tea, specializing in cheese tea, and Sing, a Hong Kong-style diner.

Where to drink on New Year’s Eve...

Lots of restaurants still have reservations for dinner on New Year’s Eve, but maybe you’re looking for someplace to drink. Grimm, a brewery in Brooklyn, is open from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.; tickets, which start at around $135, include four hours of an open bar, plus snacks. In Manhattan, check out Paradise Lost, a new cocktail bar that takes reservations; it serves unusual drinks and snacks in a festive setting.

...and pick up a last-minute treat

Restaurants are a great source of last-minute, handmade treats to gift to hosts or round out dinner. Bonnie’s, the popular Cantonese restaurant, has salted duck egg nog, Hennessy coquito, and other batched cocktails for sale in person this week ($45 for a 750 milliliter bottle). For dessert, order these sugary buñuelos from Border Town, a Mexican pop-up; the fried pastries can be ordered ahead through Instagram for pick-up between December 21 and 23 ($15 for eight).