by Roaming Panda
I know my trip to NYC is a bit dated at this point, but I missed a restaurant worth sharing. Attached to the 50 Bowery Hotel where we stayed, you'll find Rice and Gold, a fusion restaurant taking the flavors of Asia and delivering them in a shiny new package.
Rice and Gold is the brain child of former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde and his partners. Colorful street-art cover the walls and fortune kitties and Japanese mechas/kaijus can be found throughout the bar and restaurant to give a funky modern vibe. As a huge fan of Japanese pop culture, I dig it.
Look at their menu and you'll find modern twists to traditional classics. Any avid "dim sum" go'er will be familiar with "har gow's" and "shumai's", but here you'll find lobster and scallop har gow's in squid ink and shrimp and bacon shumai's for appetizers. Crazy!
I appreciate the unconventional departure from the norm. Their menu is exciting and their food is flavorful and vibrant. If you're staying at the 50 Bowery, you have no excuse not to try Rice and Gold. If you're in the Chinatown area and looking for a change from the traditional, give it a go.