New York City is experiencing a Chinese food renaissance. Never before have the city’s offerings been so diverse; not only are multiple regions represented, but price points range, too. There are fast-casual spots like Xi’an Famous Foods, and there’s ambitious pan-regional fine dining like Atlas Kitchen. And where restaurateurs once needed to cater to Western tastes, many of today’s New York Chinese restaurants don’t have to so in order to survive.
A huge audience of discerning Chinese expats who seek flavors from home is fueling a highly competitive market of contemporary regional Chinese restaurants — one that means all of New York has access to a restaurant scene that’s better than it’s ever been. Below, find some of the top picks, from snacks from Yunnan and a hip restaurant for street food to fancy restaurants liberally inventing on pan-regional traditions. Plus, check out some stalwarts that set the stage.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in December 2016.Read More