Since 2015, a diverse array of Chinese restaurants featuring unique and special fare from across the Chinese-speaking world have sprung up in the East Village area. Unlike trendy “Asian Fusion” restaurants, these newer places tend to focus on specific regional cuisines that are not found on the menu of more broadly-focused Chinese restaurants. As China has grown more prosperous and its own restaurant business has boomed, educated young Chinese have become more and more interested in going into the business themselves. East Village landlords know that Chinese restaurants are good tenants for this area of town, and diners know to head here for more specialized and authentic fare.
- Since 2015, a variety of restaurants have cropped up in East Village offering specialized, authentic cuisine from the Chinese-speaking world.
- China’s rapidly growing economy has fueled explosive growth in the restaurant sector and made it attractive to young, educated Chinese people.
- Landlords in East Village know that Chinese restaurants are good tenants and a good fit for the neighborhood.
“Chinese restaurants have been around in the U.S. for a century, but for decades, many in New York and the rest of the country still primarily knew Chinese cuisine via westernized adaptations of Cantonese flavors — chop suey, General Tso’s chicken — and, more recently, certain Sichuan and Shanghainese dishes.”