Calvin Eng on Where to Eat in Chinatown NYC
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."
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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."
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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."
For classic traditional Chinese banquet - "Old-school all the way, from the kitchen to the staff."
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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."