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Category: Sunset Park

Today’s Xiaochi (小吃) | Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab, Archestratus Books & Foods, Kona Coffee & Co | September 28, 2017

Xiaochi is a periodic column devoted to short news items and links. Xiaochi (小吃) is the Chinese word for snacks.

Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab | Industry City | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab, the best cafe in New York City that no one visits, has recently begun offering smørrebrød, open-faced sandwiches for $5 a pop.

The Bean, 2nd Ave (E 3rd St)

EV Grieve reports on Kona Coffee and Company, a new East Village coffee shop opening soon on Second Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets. As per usual, EV Grieve equates the quality of all coffee shops, mentioning the loathsome The Bean in the same breath as some actual good purveyors.

Archestratus | Huron St | Greenpoint | Brooklyn | NYC

Paige Lipari, the proprietor of Greenpoint’s Archestratus Books & Foods, was recently featured on the Food Book Fair podcast where she talked about Patience Gray, the Sicily-based British food writer whose work is experiencing a revival following the publishing of her memoir. I like how they call Archestratus the food-and-books pleasure dome. That’s exactly how I feel about the place.

Sunset Park Cheong Fun Specialist

Hong Kong Dim Sun | 777 60th St | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Yesterday I spotted Hong Kong Dim Sun [sic], a new restaurant on 60th Street, not too far off the corner of 8th Ave in Sunset Park. Closer examination revealed that the small menu primarily consists of steamed rice noodle rolls or cheong fun with a variety of fillings and a smattering of other dishes including scallion pancakes.

I Bakery | 5922 8th Ave | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Just around the corner at 5922 8th Ave, I Bakery has a comprehensive menu of stuffed, steamed rice noodle rolls plastered onto a fence outside; possibly this is forgotten signage leftover from when this was Savoy Bakery. Who knew that south Sunset Park was such a cheong fun hotbed? I’ll report back with my findings.

Wong Wong Noodle Soup (旺旺罱州手拉麵) | Sunset Park | Brooklyn

Wong Wong Noodle Soup (旺旺罱州手拉麵) | 5410 8th Ave | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Unfortunately I can’t always eat my favorite foods at Yun Nan Flavour Garden. Sunset Park’s Chinatown has a lot of restaurants, and I’m determined to work my way through them. Yesterday I tried one of the many Fuzhou-run, Lanzhou style hand-pulled noodle shops there, Wong Wong Noodle Soup (旺旺罱州手拉麵).

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Starting the New Year Correctly at Yun Nan Flavour Garden

There’s no better way to start off a hungover 2016 than by heading to Sunset Park’s Yun Nan Flavour Garden. I grabbed my roommate and a fellow Flavour Garden addict and headed there this past New Year’s Day.

Yun Nan Flavour Garden | 5121 8th Ave | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

My standard two-person order is: the lu mein combo, which is a cold plate of ears, tongue and unidentifiable (to me) chewy cartilaginous matter served with a spicy dipping sauce; crossing the bridge noodles, a Yun Nan staple that is assembled on your table by the waitstaff who dump fresh beef and lamb slices, thick, round rice noodles, and a solitary quail egg into a steaming bowl of broth redolent with cilantro, white pepper and Sichuan peppercorns; and the pièce de résistance, the glorious hot and sour wonton soup.

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