Chinatown brunch is a New York tradition, and a perfect idea for your next meet-up with friends. Head to Golden Unicorn for dim sum and you’ll find a rollicking scene before you even hit the elevator. An upbeat crowd gathers downstairs, where you’ll corral your crew in preparation for a big round table tuck-in. Once you’re seated, take turns giving your pointer fingers a workout, as cart after cart swings by with delectable Cantonese bites for the choosing.
Sample taro balls and steamed buns before getting competitive over who can knock back the most duck’s feet. If you’re coming off a long night, silky crepes and savory dumplings will prove to be ideal restoratives, replenishing the energy you left on the dance floor. And don’t worry about accidentally ordering steamed tripe or some other challenging delicacy—the carts are well-marked in English and the servers are more than happy to provide guidance. At meal’s end, one more nice surprise awaits: even though you’ve eaten enough to subdue a moose, the bill will be as gentle as a lamb.