Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th, come visit Chinatown, Little Italy and our jewelry district to show your support for all the small businesses in our vibrant neighborhood.
Small business owners, get noticed by customers in your neighborhood. Create a personalized marketing campaign and add your business to the American Express Shop Small Neighborhoods page: website
Sunday, November 24 from 11 am to 1 pm
The last time 'Thanksgiving and Chanukah were on the same date was in 1888. The next time? Some say, not for another 70,000 years. So this year, get ready for a once in a lifetime celebration! Light the menorah, baste the turkey, and head to the Eldridge Street Synagogue for our Thanksgivukkah Extravaganzikah. Make chocolate dreidels, Thanksgivukkah Gelt and a challah shaped like a turkey. Catch the Thanksgivukkah spirit with a holiday-themed art project and the Great Dreidel Scavenger Hunt. You just might find a turkey along the way.
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The Lure and Lore of Ritual
Wednesdays, November 20 and December 4 and 11, 11 am - 12:30 pm
This seminar with folklorist Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven will explore the role of ritual and observance in Judaism. How do rituals help imprint sanctity onto day-to-day existence? What rituals govern cycles of the day, week, month, year and lifetime, and how do they evolve over time and changing life circumstances? What rituals do you and loved ones engage in that you may not even be aware of?
The 10 Best NYC Restaurants For Your Out-Of-Town Family
(The 2 in Chinatown & Little Italy)
LA MELA: You should take Uncle Nick and Aunt Julia to this old-school checkered tablecloth-ed Mulberry Street ristorante for a slightly kitschier experience. Dishes here are best served family-style, with prix-fixe menus boasting heaping platters of pastas, entrees and antipasti that are heavy on the garlic and red sauce; you and your relatives can opt for a three course family-style menu ($22 per person), five courses ($35 per person), and two boozy seven-course menus ($60 for unlimited wine and beer, $75 for unlimited wine, beer and top-shelf liquor). Feast like a touristy king on veal francaise, ravioli and mozzarella and tomatoes; save some room for gelato or chocolate-dipped tartufo for dessert. Oh, and there's a giant salami penis light fixture hanging from the restaurant's ceiling. Your grandparents will love it.
La Mela is located at 167 Mulberry Street between Broome and Grand Streets in Little Italy (212-431-9493,lamelaristorante.com)
NOM WAH TEA PARLOR: Nom Wah's had some issues lately, what with a severed sewer pipe shutting it down for a few weeks back in June. But flood or no flood, it's still one of our favorites in the city for dim sum, and though it's not quite as "authentic" as some of Chinatown, Flushing or Sunset Park's spots, Nom Wah's still a tasty, entertaining experience for a family crew. Favorites include the shrimp rice rolls, pork buns, steamed spare ribs and pan-fried turnip plate, and meals usually clock in at about $20 per person. Post-dining, take a look around Doyers Street for a quick history lesson; Nom Wah's located right on the street's "bloody angle," a major murder hot spot in New York back in the 19th century.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor is located at 13 Doyers Street between Bowery and Chatham Square in Chinatown (212-962-6047, nomwah.com).
New Restaurants In Chinatown:
Savory kitchen Inc. 237 Grand Street, New York NY 10002
Tel. 212-219-2282, 212-219-2886
Maid Café - Makes Manhattan Debut
150 Centre St. Tel: 212-966-3838
Visitors to the Akihabara section of Tokyo often enjoy going to maid cafés, and New Yorkers no longer have to wonder what their magic is. At the newly opened Maid Café-NY in Chinatown, the young female servers wear maid uniforms which creates an Akihabara-like atmosphere, but the pinkthemed bright interior and stylish decorations are reminiscent of Soho. Owner Satoshi Yoshimura's vision was to bring an authentic maid café to New York, and see how the concept evolved. He explains, "In Japan, a maid cafe is a dream world, a special place where imagination is brought to life." The menu reflects what would be served at a Japanese coffee shop, homestyle foods that are pleasing not only in their taste but appearance as well. For example, the reasonably priced homemade Japanese curry is a crowd-pleaser that comes with heart-shaped rice. The parfait is topped by a bear whose head is made of green tea ice cream and ears out of Ritz crackers, with two Pocky added on the side for good measure.
Besides the delicious food, Maid Café-NY also sells exclusive items like
logo-decorated mugs and assorted kawaii fashion like bows and clips. Maid
Café-NY is creative in both its culinary and aesthetic offerings, providing a
unique experience that you cannot get elsewhere. Until September 30, those
mentioning Chopsticks NY will get Frozen Yogurt (4 flavors) at 50% off.
Story by: Mark Bittman (NYTIMES.com)
On the advice of two friends, I wandered one day into Spicy Village, in Manhattan's Chinatown, a restaurant that politeness prevents me from describing as anything other than "modest." I stopped by a couple of years ago to have the not-at-all-bad $2 pork sandwich, a pile of sloppy-Joe-ish pork served on light, crisp bread baked by the proprietors - Wendy Lian and her husband, Ren Fu Li - but I rarely thought of it again.
This time, however, I ordered, as I'd been instructed by my friends, the No. 7, the Spicy Big Tray Chicken. It arrived on an aluminum tray (you eat it on a foam plate with a plastic fork or chopsticks), a mound of chicken nearly afloat in a bath of dark, spicy sauce that contained star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, chile, garlic, cilantro, a few mystery ingredients and . . . potatoes. This was like no other "Chinese" dish I'd had before.
That I ate this chicken four times in the following weeks - sometimes alone, sometimes with friends - is a testament to just how good it is. But I also wanted to make my face known to the owners so I could eventually ask to cook it with them. Although those of you who live in or visit New York should eat this in situ, the rest of you should whip it up at home.
A look inside Unique Hype Collection, which buys items from the fashion brand Supreme, waits until they have sold out, and then resells them at significant markups.
A Vegan Taste of Chinatown
Discover the hidden vegan gems, fabulous plant-based food, and the charm and wonders of Chinatown, NYC. With host Jasmin Singer (Our Hen House -- ourhenhouse.org) and guide Patrick Kwan
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eRx City Pharmacy - New Location
(185 Canal Street)
A Two-Hour Holiday Special
Sunday, November 24 from 11 am to 1 pm
What do you do when Thanksgiving and Chanukah fall on the same date? You light the menorah, baste the turkey, and celebrate - what else? - Thanksgivukuh! Catch the Thanksgivukuh spirit at Eldridge Street. Make Thanksgiving gelt, holiday art, and join the Great Dreidel Scavenger Hunt. You just might find a turkey along the way. Check out our Pinterest page and Facebook for great Thanksgivukuh ideas!
$15 per family. Reservations recommended.
Starting Your Business 101 workshop series hosted by Asian Women in Business
Asian Women in Business (AWIB) is hosting Starting Your Business 101" workshops series. Learn how to turn your business idea into a reality or simply hone the skills necessary to take your business to the next level! Workshop participants will have the chance to gain first-hand information from the speakers as well as network with their fellow entrepreneurs.
Marketing-On and Offline Strategies
Tuesday, November 26
- Create a marketing plan
- Outsmart your competitors and effectively target your market
- Use social media to create a buzz, find customers, and grow your business
- Expand your marketing strategy without expanding your budget
Financing Your Business
Wednesday, December 4
- Loans, investments, credit lines & SBA guarantees
- Alternative financing (in light of the recent passage of the JOBS Act, a law that encourages crowdfunding for small businesses and startups, special attention will be given to crowdfunding and how entrepreneurs can use it to help finance their enterprise)
- How much financing do you really need?
- What do lenders look for?
All workshops will take place from 6pm to 8:30pm at Microsoft (1290 Avenue of the Americas, at the corner of 52ndStreet in NYC).
Pricing is $20 per workshop (or $40 for the entire series) for AWIB members and $30 per workshop (or $80 for the whole series) for non-members.
RSVP is required awib.org/events under "Starting Your Business 101."
Following Nordic TracksHungry City: Skal in Chinatown
At Skal, three little smelt lie in a chipped bowl, crispy tails flipped upward. You expect crunch and maybe a whiff of the sea, nothing more. But what you get is subtler and stranger: a texture like sopped bread and a burst of brine, both from within (the smelt are stuffed with capers) and without (a splash of apple cider vinegar after the smelt are dusted with rye flour and fried).
This is a lot of work for a small fish. It suggests a certain stoicism in the kitchen, which, more than the ubiquity of pickling and the presence of juniper, buttermilk and seaweed on the menu, testifies to Skal's Nordic spirit.
Early reports on the restaurant, which opened in August on a spartan corner of far eastern Chinatown, described it as Icelandic. The name, pronounced scowl, is an Icelandic drinking toast; one of the owners, Olibjorn Stephensen, is from Reykjavik; and the décor approximates a cottage overlooking the steely North Atlantic, with hand-me-down china on the wall, tables painted glacier blue and shelves of Icelandic children's books like "A Puffin Called Fido."
37 Canal Street (Ludlow Street); 212-777-7518; skalnyc.com.
Free Youth Computer & ESL Class
November 25, 2013 to February 21, 2014 (13 Weeks) Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Out-of-School Youth Program (OSY), funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development, serves New York City's low income, out-of-school youth by providing free job and educational training, employment placement, and college application assistance to this disconnected, at-risk population.
They are specialized in helping new immigrants youth get into colleges and have successfully placed more than 500 immigrant youth into CUNY's two-year and four-year colleges in the past 10 years or so.
MOCACITIZEN Chinese American Scouting in New York City
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 from 6pm - 7:30pm
MOCACITIZEN highlights community, social justice, and the people and organizations dedicated to amplifying the voices that often go unheard.
Join MOCA for a multimedia presentation that explores the history of Chinese American Scouting in New York City and its impact on the community. Introduced by K. Ian Shin (Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Columbia University ) and moderated by Tim Thom (Former T150 Scoutmaster and Committee Chairman), this intergenerational panel will give a platform to scouts - both active members and alumni - to share their experiences on the significance of scouting through stories and objects. Reception to follow.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is free and open to the public.
The Best Wonton Soup in Manhattan's Chinatown
There's a reason wonton soup became one of the backbones of the Chinese-American restaurant menu. Beyond being simply delicious, it is a taste that crosses borders. It's clear, meat-based broth with pasta, meat, and perhaps a few vegetables; If you know chicken noodle soup, you know wonton soup. Long before the current high state of Chinese food awareness in New York arose, wonton soup allowed folks unfamiliar with Chinese cuisine to feel like they were being a bit adventurous while still finding comfort in familiar flavors and texture.
As a kid, a hot bowl of wonton soup was the start of every Chinese take out meal we had, and usually the best part, authenticity be damned. I loved how slippery and salty the skins would get, and how the little slick of fat on top of the bowl would cling to each wonton's folds. I loved the balance of meaty flavor with chives and cabbage in the broth, and the little bouncy nuggets of pork and shrimp hidden in the folded depths of each skin.
I don't know if I'm just looking at the wontons of my past through a slick of rose-tinted chicken fat, but It seems to me like the average quality of wonton soup has been steadily declining. Perhaps my taste as a kid was poor or perhaps wonton soup is really getting worse. Either way, it's been getting harder and harder to find a bowl that pleases.
The solution? Try every available version in Manhattan's chinatown until I find one that recaptures-nay, eclipses-those childhood memories. The best bowl of wonton soup in the city.
Veterans Day 2013 - Remembering the fallen and their ultimate sacrifice.
Chinatown and Council Member Margaret Chin paying tribute to all the veterans at Lt. Kimlau Square.