The New Chinatown
Kick off the crawl with a bang at this happening Essex Street eatery. Featuring two floors and a swanky, lounge-like ambiance, Tijuana Picnic was opened by Acme duo Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard, and promises a fresh take on Mexican cuisine. Chef Alex Lopez churns out nouveau-Mex dishes amped with Asian accents—from tasty tacos to bold culinary mash-ups.
Expect a ton of fizzy fun at Birds & Bubbles, the first full-service restaurant from CITY GRIT’s Sarah Simmons, complete with a charming outdoor courtyard. The whimsical menu pays homage to Simmons’s roots with an elevated take on Southern classics—and some of NYC’s best fried chicken—served side by side with sparkles from premier Champagne producers.
Be one of the first to check out the stylish new digs for Dimes. Owners Alissa Wagner and Sabrina De Sousa moved from their original 18-seat space into a larger newly opened location on Canal. This health-conscious café/hipster hangout hybrid offers a regularly changing menu of vibrant Cali-cuisine fusing Japanese, South American, and Mediterranean influences.
This hot new offshoot of Genuine Roadside, the burger spot inside Gotham West Market, offers California roadside eats with a gourmet twist. AvroKO’s latest concept features menu specialties from rotating guest chefs (including Michelin-starred Brad Farmerie and Paul Liebrandt), along with desserts by Sam Mason of OddFellows, and beverages by master mixologist Eben Freeman.
Experience a tried ‘n’ true taste of Chinatown at New York's first dim sum house, originally opened in 1920. Celebrating the unique art of traditional Cantonese dim sum (meaning “a little bit of heart”), this cart-free cantina has undergone modern renovations, but still remains as authentic as ever in its cuisine—serving up some of the best baked goods, pork buns, egg rolls, and dumplings in the city.