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1288 First Ave., nr. E. 69th St. (Upper East Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-744-3266 | www.cafeevergreenchinese.com
HOURSDaily: 11:30am-10:00pm; Dim Sum brunch served 11:30am-3:30pm on Sat. and Sun.
BEST FORBrunch; takeout
PRICE (APPETIZER; DIM SUM; ENTRÉE)USD 5.75-16.50; USD 5.50-6.95; USD 10.50-39.95
FAMOUS PLATESDumplings; roasted pork buns; salt and pepper shrimp; Cantonese pan-fried seafood noodle; egg custard tart
DRINKS AND WINEWine; beer; full bar
# OF SEATS50-75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY68th St.-Hunter College (6)
Despite New York being a melting pot of world cultures, this is still a town where it can be difficult to find authentic Cantonese food in a classy, and not overly kitschy, setting. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming awning on the Upper East Side: Café Evergreen is a surprising first-rate find for anyone craving good dim sum but wishing to avoid the noisy and crowded venues typical of Chinatown. Unlike its Downtown counterparts, the restaurant is clean, spacious, and comfortable (the interior is much larger than its exterior suggests, making it perfect for parties and large group lunches), and it serves impressively authentic dim sum fare, like pork buns and beef rice noodles.
The hungry and the happy–a mix of in-the-know Asians and Upper East Side Chinese food enthusiasts
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Leave the heels at home, ladies. This place is super casual, so feel free to dress down in a vintage tee, jeans, and cool-yet-comfy sneaks.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; large groups; family; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
Fantastic place for quality dim sum, all without those painful Chinatown lines! Also, since Evergreen is not in Chinatown, it’s pricier than its Downtown competitors, but it’s also much cleaner, the flavors more solid, and it’s friendlier to non-Cantonese food aficionados.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The staircase to the downstairs restrooms is slightly treacherous.
GOOD TO KNOW
Nonexistent lines mean fast service (all the better to quickly answer our growling stomachs!). Their website offers online ordering (USD 15 minimum) and delivery (within their Upper East Side range) for all menu items, be it dim sum, beef chow fun, or their gourmet ice cream. Note that the classic dim sum brunch (with carts and all) is only served on weekends.
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