Hong Kong Update: The Best New Spots
There just might be more shopping per square foot in this bustling harbor metropolis than there is in any other city in the world—exquisite Chinese food just seals the deal. We’ve rounded up more favorites to add to our original Hong Kong guide.
Yard Bird33-35 Bridges St., Sheung Wan | 852.2547.9273
Yard Bird doesn’t take reservations, which doesn’t deter the crowds from lining up every night: The menu is all about chicken, served yakitori style, and it doesn’t disappoint. While the focus seems specific, they’re unsparing in skewering and barbecuing every part of the bird, from the neck to the heart, to the liver (you can get basic breasts, too). For vegetarians, there are plenty of delectable sides, including sweet corn tempura and eggplant salad.
Stockton32 Wyndham St., Central | 852.2565.5268
Mumbai Government Punch (Mount Gay Rum, Hennessy Cognac, Lime, Green Tea, Nutmeg, Demerara gum) and Ribston Apples (Spiced Rum, Amaretto, Apple Cider, Honey, Cinnamon) are just a few of the offerings at this new, Victorian-inflected spot, which stays open “late.” The food, which revolves around seafood, is equally inventive and compelling: There’s Rock Cod & Chips (tooped with Soda Batter Pickled Tartar Sauce), Soldiers & Egg (Sea Urchin & Slow-Cooked Duck’s Egg, Toast), and oysters, obviously. The spot is tucked-away (down a dark alley, behind an unmarked door), and the vibe is curio closet meets speakeasy, which makes it fun all around.
Ping Pong 129Nam Cheong House, 129 Second St., Sai Ying Pun | 852.9158.1584
A gin bar in a former ping pong hall might sound a bit random—and its location in Sai Ying Pun is slightly out-of-the-way—but this brand-new arrival is rad, from the original architectural flourishes and subterranean location to the Spanish tapas and the gin-based cocktail menu.
The Pawn62 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai | 852.2866.3444
Many of Hong Kong’s oldest buildings have succumbed to the city’s sprawl of skyscrapers, which makes this new arrival unique. It lives in a former, multi-level pawnshop (thus the name), which dates back to 1941. Though it opened in 2007, a careful branding (in part by Hong Kong creative agency WhiteSpace makes it feel like it’s been there forever, in the best possible way.
Mott 32Standard Chartered Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Rd., Central | 852.2885.8688
Named after the site of New York City’s Chinatown’s first convenience store, this Chinese fine dining spot celebrates the global influence of Cantonese cooking. There’s a traditional dim sum menu, along with a more rarified dinner offering, which includes dishes like roasted whole pigeon, wok-fried abalone, and sweet and sour pork.http://www.mott32.com/philosophy/
Mak Noodles77 Wellington St., Central | 852.2854.3810
While this noodle shop offers little in the way of atmosphere (expect glass-topped tables, flimsy paper napkins, and soda out of the can), the won ton noodles are served quick and delicious, making this the perfect pit-stop for a fast and cheap lunch.
Lock Cha Tea HouseThe K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty | 852.2801.7177
When you’ve had too much pork, turn to this sweet, traditional Chinese tea house, which serves vegetarian dim sum. Beyond dumplings, they offer more than 100 varieties of tea (which are also for sale in the shop).
Little Bao66 Staunton St., Central | 852.2194.0202
As the name suggests, the focus here is on baos, i.e., Vietnamese buns filled with pork and fish, though the sides are equally compelling: There are brussel sprouts (topped with fish sauce and fried shallots) and sambal-inflected fries, along with slabs of green tea ice cream sandwiched between deep-fried buns.
Fuel EspressoLandmark, One Exchange Square, Basement, Central | 852.2869.9019
It can be frustratingly difficult to find a great cup of coffee in Hong Kong. Flat Whites are the specialty here, and they’re excellent.
China TangLandmark, One Exchange Square, 4th Floor, Central | 852.2522.2148
China Tang is inarguably one of our favorite restaurants in London—in fact, it’s one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the world. Sir David Tang (also of Tang Tang Tang Tang, above) recently introduced the enterprise to Hong Kong, and even in a sea of delectable Asian fare, it still stands out.
Café GrayThe Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 49th Floor | 852.3968.1106
If you can’t make it up to The Peak, breakfast at Café Gray, the Gray Kunz restaurant on top of The Upper House (one of our favorite Hong Kong hotels), is a good stand-in. You’ll get a sweeping view of the harbor from the 49th floor while you munch on shitake and watercress omelettes or steamed pork buns and crabmeat congee.
Man WahMandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., Central | 852.2552.0111
If you’re in the mood for superlative dim sum, look no further than Man Wah, which is perched on top of the flagship Mandarin Oriental. The setting is impeccable and old-world, and the dim sum is exactly what you want after a long flight to Asia.
Bibo163 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan | 852.2956.3188
Street art is having a big moment in Hong Kong, and this brand-new, much-hyped restaurant is arguably its epicenter. There are installations from Takashi Murakami, Kaws, Koons, and Mr. Brainwash—a distractingly cool backdrop for the fusion French fare. The food stands up on its own, though a meal here is really more about the scene.
The China ClubOld Bank of China Building, 1 Bank St., 13th Floor, Central | 852.2521.8888
If you happen to know a member of this club, hit them up for an invite (a good hotel concierge should probably be able to get you in, too): It’s the closest thing to a contemporary Chinese art museum in Hong Kong, with an unparalleled collection.