Lunch Break: Cantonese Comfort Food, New Twists On Old Classics, And Better-Than-Bubbe’s Knishes
Cantonese comfort food, an interesting spin on American, and knishes like grandma used to make in today’s New York City Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
70 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
Hanging in East Corner’s window is various roasted animal carcasses; ducks, chickens, and whole (well, half) pigs beckon alluringly to those in the know. Order yourself any sort of egg noodle topped with roast pork, and the glistening red meat will yield to your bite easily, bursting with flavor. Try the Hong Kong Style Dry Noodles with Wontons and Roast Pork; the noodles come with the soup on the side and drizzled lightly with hoisin sauce for intense umami taste. If you’re feeling under the weather, pick up a quart of congee (combination congee, $3.25, pictured); the Chinese version of chicken noodle soup, it’s what Chinese mothers feed their sick children. East Corner’s version is ultra silky on your tongue, and will leave you wanting more.
Highpoint Bistro & Bar
216 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Highpoint Bistro & Bar brings to Chelsea a splash of je ne sais quoi – aside from good food, that is. Offering new twists on old classics, any of their sandwiches are good choices – like the avocado BLT, which adds avocado to the classic on ciabatta; or the Farmwich, which includes roast pork, bacon, goat cheese, fried egg, lettuce/tomato/onion, and honey mustard. Double pig? Yes please!!! Be sure to also look further down the menu; though they’ll definitely leave you with leftovers, the ‘mains’ section of the menu deserves a close examination. The braised beef short rib is exquisite, melting softly in your mouth like so much chocolate, while not-your-mama’s-meatloaf is, well, not your mama’s meatloaf, and served with truffled ‘shroom mac&cheese.
100-30 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Knishes just aren’t made like they used to be – except here at Knish Nosh. Since 1952, Knish Nosh has been serving up delicious knishes the way your bubbe used to make – hearty potato wrapped in a delicate pastry that’s been baked to perfection. The knishes here are so big, not only will you need a knife and fork to eat them, but you won’t need to eat anything else for lunch! Of course, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not trying some of their homemade soups to go with your knish; the chicken stew is delicious and just the slightest touch spicy. If you’re feeling extra hungry, check out their pastrami; though it doesn’t compare to Ben’s Best down Queens Boulevard a few blocks, it’ll certainly go well with the knishes or soups.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.