Published on March 1, 2016

5 Chinatown Restaurants New Yorkers Love

Wedged between Little Italy, Lower East Side and City Hall lies Chinatown — home to the largest diaspora of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere. Here are 5 restaurants that pay homage to the historically ethnic enclave, while embracing the neighborhood's new, trendy dining scene.

5 Chinatown Restaurants New Yorkers Love

1. Fung TuFung TuFung Tu serves creative modern Chinese-American fare driven by Chef Jonathan Wu. The chic, modern space features a sleek marble bar, modern steel light fixtures and dark wood furniture. The terroir-driven beverage program complements the cuisine.

2. Mission Chinese

Mission ChineseAt the revamped New York outpost of the San Francisco cult favorite, Chef Danny Bowien delivers his fiery, creative dishes with Asian-American flavors. The menu showcases a blend of Sichuan heat and spice, served up in a chic Lower East Side space decked out with a roomy bar, communal tables and red banquettes. Avoid the long waits at this downtown hot spot by booking through Reserve.

3. Le Turtle

Le TurtleLe Turtle serves modern, vegetable-forward French fare. The restaurant is laidback and rustic but also cool, featuring a pink velvet wraparound booth, pine-wood banquettes and a neon light installation. French and natural wine bottles are available.

4. The Lucky Bee

The Lucky BeeThe Lucky Bee brings a farm-to-table approach to Southeast Asian street food. The restaurant, with vibrant pink and aqua splashes, features a standout hawkers station —inspired by those typical of the Thai region —where guests can watch the chefs prepare small plates and shuck oysters. A nod to the restaurant's namesake, the cocktail list offers drinks made with honey and raises money for the New York City Beekeepers Association.

5. Contra

ContraContra is a minimalist-chic New American spot on the Lower East Side. Local and seasonal ingredients are the foundation of the restaurant's dinner-only, six- to eight-course prix fixe menu, which changes nightly. The small, brick-walled space houses a long wood bar, where diners can sample the three-course menu., exceprt: Wedged between Little Italy, Lower East Side and City Hall lies Chinatown — home to the largest diaspora of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere. Here are 5 restaurants that pay homage to the historically ethnic enclave, while embracing the neighborhood's new, trendy dining scene.

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