In the last two years, East Village has had a surge of hip Chinese restaurants serving hyper-specific fare that previously could only be found in enclaves like Chinatown, Flushing, or Sunset Park. Now, a new generation of restaurateurs targeting both young international Chinese students and locals looking to try something new are opening businesses like wild. Unlike their predecessors, these businesses pay particular attention to creating ambiance similar to many trendy downtown restaurants — lots of exposed brick, art, and neon signs. While the neighborhood has long been home to Japanese restaurants, it’s now also a bonafide destination for ambitious fare from the Sinosphere, defined here as Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kongese, or otherwise Chinese adjacent. Read all about the rise here, and below, find a map of the restaurants, with a nod to some older Chinese restaurants in East Village that have helped pave the way.
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