Before deciding to open his own kosher Chinese restaurant, Sholom Witriol did a bit of research. He ate at restaurants throughout the city, judging each one and considering how he could improve upon every dish he tasted. Sholom eventually used all of this inspiration to found China Glatt and begin serving kosher Chinese cooking based on traditional recipes with the occasional bit of local flair.
Influences from each hemisphere are evident throughout the menu. In addition to cooking regional classics, such as crispy Szechuan-style beef and tender duck with black pepper sauce, the chefs incorporate New York flavors from time to time?matzo balls float in the chicken noodle soup, and the kitchen stuffs some egg rolls with pastrami. Another departure from Chinese cuisine? A sushi menu, complete with more than 40 rolls.
Clean white linens adorn the tables that fill China Glatt's long, narrow dining room. Chinese-inspired artwork adorns the walls, catching light cast by the sconces, ornate ceiling lamps, and bioluminescent servers. Earth-toned molding and wainscoting further complement the space's warm, cozy ambiance.
Although the chefs at Sensation Neo Shanghai Cuisine cook up a full menu of stir-fries and noodle dishes, they have become best known for their juicy pork buns. A house specialty, these liquid-filled buns—also known as soup dumplings—steam in a bamboo basket and deliver a burst of savory flavor after your teeth puncture their pastry skin. Along with the buns, the eatery boasts a hefty menu of appetizers such as sesame pancakes and crispy chicken wings. The cooks divide their dishes by protein base, sautéing and simmering sliced beef, tofu, chicken, pork, and fish in thick chili and garlic sauces or with lotus roots and chinese broccoli.
A photograph of the Dalai Lama presides over Cafe Tibet’s intimate dining room, where chefs serve Tibetan specialties such as steamed dumplings and sha-baklap—minced beef patties seasoned with ginger and garlic and then wrapped in pastry. Time Out called the patties addictive. In the spring and summer, the restaurant’s pièce de résistance is its two-table patio. The outdoor space is decorated with strands of flowers and looks out onto passing trains and flocks of pigeons spelling out their favorite brand of breadcrumbs at the neighboring Cortelyou Q train station.
Spicy foods are the name of the game at Grand Sichuan House—nearly all of the restaurant’s Sichuan-style fish, chicken, and pork dishes pack an intensely spicy punch. Some, such as the Chong Qing chicken, are even prepared with whole dried chilies. But chefs don’t sacrifice flavor for heat—you can still enjoy a range of different flavors underneath the fiery inferno, according to the New York Times. But to give palates a break, a number of low-spice dishes are also available for those who don’t enjoy spicy foods or for young dragons learning to control their fire-breathing skills
Fortune Cookie Asian Cuisine's menu is as expansive and diverse as China itself, featuring everything from Cantonese cuisine to spicy Szechuan dishes. Specialties include fried calamari with spicy scallions and Singapore noodles tossed with shredded roast pork, ham, shrimp, and vegetables. They don't focus solely on Chinese cuisine, though. The restaurant also offers an array of sushi from eel and squid to classic california rolls. Delivery is free within three miles of the restaurant, but guests can always drop by to dine in-house, grab a pick-up order, or challenge the cooks to a speed-eating contest.
Eatao Restaurant's chefs cleave, stir-fry, and sauce an extensive menu of authentic Szechuan lamb, beef, poultry, and seafood dishes. Traditional tea-smoked duck reads the smoky tendrils of glowing tea leaves and camphor ($14.95 for half) to predict that diners' futures may soon contain fortune cookies. Wok-tossed tangerine chicken tap-dances in tangy bursts across tongues ($8.95), and à la carte red-clam and white-tuna sushi ($2 each) recall the famous Christmas carol about Santa's love of uncooked fish. Signature rolls intermingle maritime flavors, as in the passion roll, which tops bundles of spicy crab and mango with a flag of tuna, yellowtail, and avocado ($11.95).