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Does NYC Have the Best Chinese Food Scene (Outside of China)?

'Micropolis'

Originally Aired: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Overview

New Yorkers have been obsessed with Chinese food for generations, but in recent years this obsession has hit entirely new heights. Thanks to an immigration boom and the Sichuan revolution, we now inhabit a vast empire of deliciousness, stretching from Little Neck to Bensonhurst to the East Village. How exactly did we get here?

As we near Lunar New Year, join Micropolis host Arun Venugopal and EATER NY editors Serena Dai and Robert Sietsema for an evening of conversation and of course, amazing food. They and their guests will explore the early history of Chinese food in New York — starting with a cluster of restaurants around Mott Street — to the present day, when online influencers are driving traffic and new business in ways that Yelp and The New York Times could only dream of, and culinary trends emerge in China and New York almost simultaneously.

What’s more, you’ll hear directly from these digital tastemakers, restaurateurs and app developers, like CEO of Xi’an Famous Foods Jason Wang and Amelie Kang, owner of Málà Project, that are often side-stepping traditional English-language press and catering directly to their Chinese(-American) customers. With a musical performance by Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa Trio.

Micropolis is part of The Greene Space’s ongoing NEXT New York Conversation series. Leadership support is provided by:

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