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Published April 15th 2012
After some sightseeing and souvenir shopping in Chinatown, satisfy your craving for dim sum, spring rolls and other Asian foods by walking over to Red Egg NYC Restaurant at 202 Centre Street. Once inside, immerse yourself in a chic, classy and family-friendly dining venue offering authentic Chinese fare with a contemporary flair.

Dine under dim lighting from modern fixtures—amidst dark walls with accents of red via curtains and seat cushions.

Order a pot of jasmine, chrysanthemum or Chinese black tea for the table. Warm up with a soup of your choice, such as the corn chowder soup with clams and crab.

Enjoy a dim sum experience minus the usual carts that are rolled from table to table. Instead, peruse through your one-page dim sum menu sheet. Take note of the chef's recommendations—indicated by shiny red eggs. Pencil in the desired quantities for your selections, and a wait staff will pick it up.

Use your individual sheet of the dim sum menu to place your order. Menu items may vary, depending on what time you're visiting.

Get ready to sample some tasty dim sum.

Steamed Roast Pork Buns

Seafood Sui Mai

Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls

Ask for sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf from the dim sum menu, and savor it with your entree orders of crispy garlic chicken and orange-flavored beef.

Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf

Crispy Garlic Chicken

Orange Flavored Beef

When browsing through the menu, look for suggested wine pairings to complement your brunch, lunch or late-night meal.

The shelves showcase an array of alcoholic options at the bar.

And for those with a sweet tooth, enjoy some delicious dessert.

Ginger Creme Brulee

Try the crispy green tea rice balls, which, according to a jovial and knowledgeable waiter, is made without rice, but dough, flavored with green tea and tinted green with food coloring. "Since it's lightly fried outside, inside it's warm and gooey," he shares, adding that while it tastes like chocolate, "it has no chocolate."

Crispy Green Tea Rice Balls filled with red bean paste and peanuts

Or how about a coconut pudding that uses fresh coconut juice instead of water for more flavor? The refreshing concoction is then refrigerated for about a day within the coconut shell.

Young Coconut Pudding

After spending some time in this present-day version of a tea house and lounge, you may find yourself looking forward to your next visit. And why not—Red Egg's flavorful menu offerings and its chic setting warrant frequent trips back. Just make sure you call in advance to book a table since other patrons have the same idea.

Red Egg is conveniently located within a very short walk to SoHo and NoLiTa.

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Why? Enjoy dim sum within a chic, family-friendly restaurant.
When: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 202 Centre Street, New York
Cost: Varies
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