A wander via Manhattan’s Chinatown is at all times a nice and efficient strategy to fulfill any variety of my most frequent meals cravings, whether or not for dumplings, or soup dumplings, or chilly noodles, or pineapple buns, a go to to the basic Wo Hop, or for a easy plate of roasted meat served with out fuss over some rice. the kind of spot that focuses on the latter, with the carcasses on show, hanging within the entrance window?
Vacationers have not returned to Chinatown in something near the numbers the neighborhood must survive, which stays unhealthy information for companies — so proper now could be the perfect time for us New Yorkers to recover from there and roam the (comparatively) uncrowded streets, stuffing our faces with all method of delights. And if you go–and please go, and soon–you ought to contemplate trying out Hay Hay Roasted, a brand new takeout-mostly spot that opened about three months in the past on prime Mott Avenue, slightly below Canal.
Hay Hay, which the amiable counter particular person instructed me principally means “happiness,” has a trendy, modern vibe to the signage and inside design, however the geese, chickens, and slabs of pigs dangling within the entrance window are what we’re right here for. A lot of the menu entails these roasted creatures, which you’ll be able to order straight-up by the pound (half-pound minimal) or laid throughout a pile of white rice.
The transfer right here is certainly the Hay Hay combo plate, your alternative of two or three meats, a ton of rice, a little bit of greens, all for properly beneath ten bucks. I acquired the Crispy Pores and skin Pork, which was wonderful, as juicy as you’d hope and almost crackling on the skin, and the Roasted Duck, additionally a winner, that includes loads of funk and fats. There are additionally a number of brined beasts (or elements thereof) on faucet, together with Pig Ears, Duck Wings, and a few beautiful, unbelievably tender Cuttlefish.
You may discover some “Home Specials” as properly, that are ready within the kitchen in again and arrive in a sealed container that appears like one thing you’d discover within the frozen meals aisle. Peel off the skinny plastic prime in your steaming-hot Char Siu Scrambled Eggs, or Pumpkin Pork Ribs, or Golden Tofu. I went with the Beef Briskets with Daikon, which had nice flavor–the large chunks of soft-boiled radishes actually added a pleasant punch to the brown sauce–though the meat on this case erred a bit an excessive amount of on the facet of fats and gristle.
You possibly can sit inside and eat at Hay Hay Roasted at an extended counter that runs in the direction of the again, or, quickly, at one of many tables they’re establishing, however Columbus Park is just a block or so away, with its tables, benches, and large turf garden all appropriate for a fast picnic. No desserts are served, until you depend these bottles of Fanta Pineapple.
Hay Hay Roasted is situated at 81 Mott Avenue, simply south of Canal Avenue, and is at present open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day (917-675-6651; @hayhayroasted)