If you are in the mood for some delicious buns (and who doesn’t like nice buns?)look no further. Shanghai Asian Mannor. The steamed buns are divine, but don’t neglect the pan fried pork dumplings. Those puppies are also quite satisfying. Its a bit off the beaten path, but they know how to steam a bun!
A bit off the beaten path in Chinatown lies a secret gem—the best soup dumplings in NYC. Take your date inside and eat at the large round family style tables. Order the pork soup dumplings and explore a new fun food together. They serve delicious dumplings full of soup and a meatball. They have food there as well but I recommend coming in for 2 orders of the soup dumplings and complimentary tea.
You are your date will have a great time and can explore Chinatown together. Try a piece of exotic fruit from a vendor or go in a shop and buy some Chinese candies.
Often overshadowed by more popular types of curry, Japanese curry is nevertheless a hearty meal for those who are looking for something to stave off the wintry blues.
Located in the heart of Nolita, Goemon curry serves Japanese curry in a rustic interior. Choose among soup, roux, or vegetable based curries with an extensive list of toppings to personalize your meal. Rich and filled with umami, the Premium Classic Curry ($13.5) is a must try for those who haven’t tried Japanese curry before or if you’re feeling adventurous, the Vege Neva Curry ($16) made of natto (fermented soy beans) is a dish you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.