New York City dad Mike J Chau is a popular Yelp reviewer, loves photography, and his adorable children. So combine these elements and we have @foodbabyny: an account devoted to taking pictures of delicious food. Mike took over the Instagram feed over at @50bowery to take you on a virtual food tour of Chinatown–so read on for all of the mouth-watering details!
From Mike: I’m Mike J Chau and I also run @foodbabyny, featuring my little boy and girl, Matty and Sammy with great food around New York. Here are some of our favorite spots to eat at near Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown.
For the absolute best poke in NYC, Chikarashi on Canal is a must. Every bowl is great and they also have the very rarely seen Dole Whip available for a refreshing and also beautiful dessert.
Chinese Tuxedo is the place to go for more upscale Chinese food in a beautiful setting on historic Doyers Street.
The Flower Shop is a great new spot that feels like it’s frozen in the 70’s but in a really good way. There is a bar and table seating upstairs, where you can order a great steak tartare, a burger and plenty more, but the hidden lounge downstairs is where it’s really at, with a pool table and TVs and a more casual vibe to relax in.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the oldest dim sum spot in NYC, this classic still has long waits on the weekends and remains packed every day for good reason with well-done version of all of the staples.
Shanghai Cafe is another perennially packed spot. Located on Mott St, it has some of the best Xiao Long Bao in Chinatown. Try some of the other specialties too, like the Rice Cakes.
Soft Swerve is a new soft serve shop that came out of nowhere in the beginning of December and has maintained long lines throughout the freezing winter temperatures. More than just a pretty picture, the Ube, Matcha and Black Sesame are some of the best soft serve flavors in town.
Sweet Moment is a new cafe specializing in latte art and housemade pastries, they also have impressively huge and delicious Bingsoo desserts that can easily feed two people. Come here with a friend and enjoy one of the great new dessert spots in Chinatown.