A full day of dim sum
There are so many reasons to take a Saturday afternoon stroll through Chinatown -- whether you’re on the hunt for cookware bargains, bubble teas, or mouth-tingling Sichuan. But make sure you carve out some time to experience dim sum. Where should you go? A few of our faves include Phoenix, with its signature roving carts, the sleek MingHin (don’t miss their Macau-style pork belly, either), the ever-popular Cai, and the dim-sum-till-late Triple Crown. What should you get? Classic savory dim sum means chicken feet, xiao long bao (soup dumplings), shrimp dumplings, and spare ribs. For a sweet ender, try the egg tarts and sesame balls.
Dinner in an old train car
A meal at Silver Palm is a must, both for the generously portioned, casual fare (including one of the nation’s best sandwiches, per Anthony Bourdain) and ambience, since the dining room is a permanently parked, 1947 railroad dining car. That legendary sandwich we speak of would be the artery-clogging 3 Piggy, piled with smoked ham, pork tenderloin, bacon, melted Gruyere, an onion ring, and a fried egg. Start or end your meal at the adjacent the Matchbox, the lives-up-to-its-name tiny bar with delicious, affordable, and fiercely strong cocktails.