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Calvin Eng on Where to Eat in Chinatown NYC

Calvin Eng on Where to Eat in Chinatown NYC

Bonnie's chef Calvin Eng tells us his top picks for dining in New York City's famous Chinatown. Take a look.
13 June, 2022

Calvin Eng is the chef and owner of newly opened Bonnie's - a Cantonese-American restaurant at 398 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn.

Here he shares his favourite places to eat in New York's Chinatown. Eng is also a James Beard 'Emerging Chef' finalist 2022. See where he would pick on a culinary tour of Chinatown. 


For dim sum - "I think this place does some of the best dim sum in Chinatown. It's pretty small and all a la carte. One of the best for dim sum in Chinatown, I think."

Uncle Lou

For classic Cantonese - "It opened recently, it's fun and it's good, we had our staff party there. Their garlic chicken is amazing, so is the shrimp and candied walnuts in a sauce of the craziest combination of ingredients. There's an old-school kitchen and a newer generation and younger crowd here than Hop Lee."

Bánh Mì Saigon

For Vietnamese bánh mì - "This is my favourite bánh mì shop. I go there to grab a sandwich, it's a grab and go spot, and it's packed all the time."

Hop Lee

Hop Lee  Pecking Duck

Courtesy of Hop Lee

For classic traditional Chinese banquet - "Old-school all the way, from the kitchen to the staff."

Yi Ji Shi Mo Noodle Corp

For classic steamed rice noodles - "It's not a restaurant, a classic walk in grab and go joint, no seating, nothing. They have fish bowls, pork, beef and vegetarian, and all the sauces."

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