NYMYSTERIES.COM JuLY 31, 2021
What about masks? I wear them out of guilt. Love to know your opinion.
Chinatown has been hit hard. I’ve always found busy, confusing Chinatown a great place to wander. My companion, Pei Yi Wu, and I would meet friends to celebrate various birthdays, graduations. Recently, I was meeting friends for dinner. I got off the Number 9 bus on east Broadway. The street has gone downhill from being a noisy, bustling shopping area.
But there is HWA YUAN. It’s a spacious (three stories), elegant, Szechuan restaurant at 42 East Broadway. Everything is perfect: the service, the setting and most of all the glorious food. Some classy details: Beautifully laundered napkins and each guest is given two sets of chopsticks: one is for serving and the other is for eating.
Here’s a quote from the current owners: First opened in 1968, Shorty Tang’s original Hwa Yuan is returning to Chinatown this October, 2017, under the reign of Tang’s son and grandson.