February 5th marks the beginning of the Year of the Pig. To celebrate in true gourmet style, head over to RedFarm. They have created a special menu to tie into the theme: with truffles as the star ingredient. Enjoy an order of black truffle chicken soup dumplings, truffle chowder, truffle fried rice or grilled lobster with black truffle sauce. Their truffles are sourced directly from farmers in France. Also on the menu, to the delight of the gluten-free, are two dozen styles of noodles, dim sum and dumplings—served with gluten-free soy sauce. (To celebrate at home, order anything from the menu through Caviar.)
If tradition is more your thing, then head to RedFarm’s sister restaurant Decoy, who are known for serving the city’s crispiest Peking Duck. Their prized bronze birds are widely considered the best in town. Also on the scene: adventurous cocktails by Shawn Chen to wash it all down.
RedFarm is the brainchild of Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld together with Executive Chef Joe Ng. It combines a farm-to-table sensibility with a dedication to innovation that surprises and delights. Signature dishes include the Katz’s Pastrami Egg Roll, “Pac Man” Shrimp Dumplings, and animated Spring Rolls.
RedFarm, 529 Hudson St (betw W 10th/Charles St), and 2170 Broadway (betw 76th/77th St)
Decoy (located directly beneath RedFarm’s downtown location) 529 ½ Hudson St. (betw W 10th/Charles St)
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross