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NYC Restaurants to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
April 19, 2023, 5:37.02 pm ET



Chef Eric Huang’s Pecking House in Park Slope, Broolyn challenges Western stereotypes of Chinese cuisine. At Pecking House, guests can find classic Southern dishes with a Chinese spin, including the famed Chili Fried Chicken with Tianjin chilis, Szechuan peppercorns and duck fat; Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken with salted duck egg yolks, butter and black pepper. There’s also other delectable dishes like the vegan “Sloppy Po” Ma Po Tofu Sandwich with chili braised yuba, smoked tofu, avocado, onion, Dirty Fried Rice with chicken liver, trinity, Charred Turnips with Miso and Almonds with miso butter, cilantro almond pesto, and Yukon Gold Potato Salad with red onion, scallion, celery, celery seed, eggs.

Photo: Piggyback by Pig & Khao

Piggyback by Pig & Khao will be hosting a Drag Dinner starring NYC drag diva, Hibiscus, on Wednesday, May 24th. This fierce and fabulous event will feature a showstopping performance from an all-Asian cast of local drag queens paired with Piggyback’s signature cocktails – guests will receive two drink vouchers with the purchase of a ticket. A specially curated menu of Filipino-American fusion dishes by Asian-American chef Leah Cohen will be available for purchase a la carte. Attendees can look forward to an evening filled with delicious food + libations, a spectacular drag show and a tasteful celebration of AAPI culture. Tickets for Drag Dinner can be purchased via Resy.

Photo: Red Pavilion

Bushwick’s newly opened, The Red Pavilion, invites guests to their Heart of Dim Sum Brunch, a weekend tradition that has been a favorite of many since launching in late March 2023. Every Saturday and Sunday in May, guests can indulge in a mouth-watering selection of traditional dim sum dishes, such as steamed dumplings, pork buns, and egg tarts, along with a range of specialty teas. In celebration of AAPI month, the team behind The Red Pavilion has pledged to donate 20% of all brunch sales throughout the month of May to Heart of Dinner, a local, NYC organization that seeks to combat food insecurity and isolation among Asian American elderly facing social and economic inequity.

Photo: Jungsik

Jungsik, the highly acclaimed two-starred Michelin restaurant from world renowned Chef Jung Sik Yim was first to introduce New Korean cuisine to New York. The Tribeca kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Daeik Kim (Culinary Institute of America) who trained under 2021 Michelin Guide Blanc Pain New York Young Chef award winner Suyoung Park as sous chef for two years. Jungsik is included in La Liste’s 2022 Top 1000 World’s Best Restaurants and highlights a nine-course signature menu with supplemental options available as well as an expanded a la carte menu, an award-winning wine list and craft cocktails that perfectly complement the cuisine. The signature menu has consistently seen small variations in both presentation and flavor profiles since the opening of the restaurant.

ICHIRAN is the world’s leading expert in Tonkotsu ramen. The classic Tonkotsu broth is created with the purest filtered water and pork bones, which normally produce a stronger aroma, but using specific technology and extraction methods, this scent has been eliminated. The broth is rich in natural collagen and ICHIRAN is the first ramen company to use Trans Fat free natural oil. Conceptualized by President & CEO Manabu Yoshitomi in Fukuoka, Japan, the epicenter of this ramen movement, ICHIRAN has 83 locations throughout Asia as well as three locations in New York City.

Photo: noreetuh

noreetuh, the Michelin-recognized modern Hawaiian restaurant with influences from Asia and the Pacific Rim offers a variety of carefully organized plates. The menu was designed by Executive Chef-Partner Chung Chow (Per Se, Lincoln Restaurant), a native Hawaiian and does not include any of the tiki kitsch. noreetuh’s chef-driven cuisine and focus on customer service are unparalleled at the price point. Managing Partner Jin Ahn (Per Se, Jungsik) has expertly curated an extensive wine line list that has been awarded Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence two years in a row.

Photo: Hortus NYC

Hortus NYC, the fashion-forward Michelin-recognized Modern Asian restaurant has become known for incorporating flavors from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia in unique ways that will take guests on a culinary journey at an approachable price point. On the restaurant’s second level, Hortus NYC features a hidden garden that creates the perfect environment for spring dining. At night, the main dining room at the front of the restaurant is illuminated by the light seeping through the stained glass windows at the Marble Collegiate Church across the street.