My roommate and I were craving dim sum and found this little gem only a few blocks from our apartment. It’s not the sauce-stained shared tables in Chinatown that I’m used to, but an upscale chic restaurant taking Chinese food to a new level. It’s called Red Farm NYC.
The Red Farm brings seasonal fresh ingredients to modern dim sum and Chinese food. The food is clean and market fresh. With this local flare comes a rustic decor, including space for communal tables. Crates and red and white patterned fabrics create a classic farmhouse feel.
In terms of the food, I would recommend getting a few plates to share in order to try as many dishes as possible. We got the ‘Pac Man’ Shrimp Dumplings, Pork & Crab Soup Dumplings, and the Black Truffle Chicken Soup Dumplings (a seasonal special). Everything was amazing and the presentation was nothing short of edible art.
‘Pac Man’ Dim Sum at Red Farm NYC
In this dish, we received four shrimp dumplings, each with an additional filling; the blue one for example has shrimp and blue crab. The ‘Pac Man’ is a fried sweet potato on guacamole. I might be biased, but any restaurant that has guac is an automatic hit for me.
The servers even come around to give you a lesson on the proper way to devour them, if you are a newbie. Of course, we had a lot of experience!
Black Truffle Chicken Soup Dumplings at Red Farm NYC
This small serving of two dumplings requires a specific tongue. Full of truffle flavor and very pricey, only get it if you are a truffle fanatic. Besides, it is also a seasonal specialty.
Red Farm is located on the Upper West Side between 76th and 77th. Reservations are only accepted for groups over 8 and beware, waits can be long. There is a second location in the West Village as well.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday closing in between services. Brunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday, again closing in between.
So, if you’re craving a new kind of Chinese restaurant, check out Red Farm. And, if you’re interested in learning how to eat soup dumplings, check out this step-by-step guide from Red Farm’s Ed Schoenfeld. from Red Farm’s Ed Schoenfeld.
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