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FUNG TU, 22 Orchard Street (between Canal and Hester Street), Lower East Side

High-end Chinese restaurants are few and far between. Especially in Chinatown itself. Most people would say if you are paying more than two dollars for a plate of dumplings, you are paying way too much.

Well, Wilson Tang, the current owner of old-time dim sum parlor Nom Wah is looking to change that. While the aforementioned joint is still casual and cheap, his most recent venture, Fung Tu, attempts to bring class and refinement back to American Chinese food.

My dinner there a few weeks ago was excellent, but the price was high (the numerous small plates add up). Yet I can justify spending a bit more on this food since the quality and precision is better than you’d expect at a typical Chinese take-out spot.

Cases in point: The fried pork chops were tender and greaseless with tangy pickled cabbage, the pomegranate seeds in the brisket fried rice added a crunch and a brightness, and the egg rolls were plump and had a rich pork belly and olive filling.

Smoked and Fried Dates Stuffed with Duck at FUNG TU

But the dish that succeeded the most for me was literally just two bites. Dates stuffed with duck are a play on a classic Cantonese dish of dates stuffed with red bean. I think the duck probably works better. The bird is seasoned perfectly with sweet and savory notes that play nicely with the smoky, crisp, sweet character of the fried dates. It’s unlike any Chinese dish I have ever tasted.

Alongside small plates and entrees, there is a $60 Tasting Menu and a full wine list available at Fung Tu. I dare you to find either of those things at any other restaurant in Chinatown.

FUNG TU
22 Orchard Street (between Canal Street and Hester Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 219-8785
www.fungtu.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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