New York – Manhattan – Chinatown & Little Italy

I’m a sucker for Cha Siu Bao, so whenever I’m in a city with a large Chinese community, I head immediately to the nearest bakery.

I tried two while I was here. The Guardian says that the buns at Mei Lai Wah at 64 Bayard St are the best in Chinatown and I couldn’t disagree. It was one of the best I’ve ever tasted (A) and a steal at just $1. The bun from the Tai Pan Bakery www.taipanbakeryonline.com at 194 Canal St, were okay, but not quite as good (B).

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For Cantonese food, check out…

Jing Fong (Intermediate A) 20 Elizabeth St, jingfongny.com

I came here with Karen & Tom for Dim Sum. As you can see it’s a huge place.

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The Dim Sum is very good. Amongst many things we had Choi Sum with Oyster Sauce…

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…Turnip Cake…

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…Steamed Rice in a Lotus Leaf…

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and Shrimp Noodle Dumplings.

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The ‘Pheonix Claws’ were good too.

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Little Italy stopped being a residential area for Italian Americans a long time ago and it’s slowly being subsumed into Chinatown, its neighbour just to the south. There are a fair few Italian restaurants left though. After our Dim Sum we went to Caffe Palermo www.caffepalermo.com at 148 Mulberry St for some decadent Cannoli.

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There are heaps of other good places of course, both Italian and Chinese, this is just my brief experience.

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