CHINATOWN — Foodies will gather in Chinatown for a restaurant crawl Monday night to support businesses hit hard by coronavirus fears.
Earlier this month, business owners in Chinatown told Block Club coronavirus fears have led to a 50 percent drop in customers.
While public health officials have assured Chicagoans that Chinatown is perfectly safe, restaurant owners are reporting empty dining rooms and retail shops.
A group of foodies will head to the neighborhood Monday in order to show the neighborhood some support.
Starting at 7 p.m., the group will meet at Chinatown Square Plaza, 2133 S. China Place, near the Year of the Rat display. You can RSVP here.
“We can choose a few spots, walk around and fill our bellies,” organizers wrote.
If you’re not sure where to go, Block Club readers shared their favorite spots. Check them out here:
Dim Sum Picks
Cai Restaurant, 2100 S. Archer Ave
Dolo Restaurant and Bar, 2222 S. Archer Ave.
Phoenix, 2131 S. Archer Ave.
So many people recommended Ming Hing, 2168 S. Archer Ave., we gave it its own category.
Aside from the Dim Sum, you love the xiaolongbao (soup dumpings) and the spicy green beans.
When longtime food writer Monica Eng recommends something, we pay attention. She said the soup dumplings, salt and pepper tofu and spicy beef noodle soup at Hing Kee, 2140 S. Archer Ave., are where it’s at.
Bon Appétit research director and former Tribune food writer Joseph Hernandez knows his stuff as well. He recommends dumplings from Qing Xiang Yuan, 2002 S. Wentworth Ave. No. 103. He also loves Xi’an Cuisine, 225 W. Cermak Road, and Mala Temptation, 2002 S. Wentworth Ave. Unit 100. Also, MingHin and Phoenix, mentioned by others above.
Award-winning Chef Jason Vincent of Giant and Chef’s Special also recommended dumplings from Qing Xiang Yuan.
And so many more…
For noodles: Shan Shaan Taste, 2002 S. Wentworth Ave. basement 10.
Organizers of Monday’s event shared other options for the area as well:
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