Cha Cha Tang Will Serve Its Take on Hong Kong Diner Food Starting Mother’s Day


Cha Cha Tang

Opening on Mother’s Day, May 12, this pop-up rendition of a Hong Kong diner with white tablecloths will serve Cobb salad with roast pork, a Cantonese roast duck sandwich, macaroni soup with fried Spam, Cantonese French toast with taro cream and more. It’s the work of Wilson Tang, who grew up in the Manhattan Chinatown and visited Hong Kong often, and John McDonald, the owner of Hancock Street. Mr. Tang is known for restoring Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown (no longer involved, he owns other Nom Wah outlets and the brand). It runs Sundays and Mondays until early June; the chefs Doron Wong and Akiko Thurnauer will be in the kitchen. (Opens May 12)

Hancock Street, 257 Avenue of the Americas (Downing Street), 212-645-0193,

Piccola Cucina Casa

This rustic ground-floor restaurant features the food of the owner Philip Guardione’s native Sicily, with some Pugliese cucina povera touches, and a list of 150 Sicilian wines. He owns four other Piccola Cucina places in Manhattan, one in Montana and another on Ibiza. And here, in case you’ve had too much to eat or don’t feel like calling an Uber, the Brooklyn brownstone that houses the restaurant, has two guesthouse suites upstairs — but they rent by the month, starting at $4,500. (Wednesday)

141 Nevins Street (Bergen Street), Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 646-781-9183

Kin Gin

This Japanese spot serves contemporary izakaya fare, including scallop crudo with tomato water and basil, fried pig’s ears with Kewpie mayo, grilled quail with pickled perilla leaf, and grilled dry-aged whole mackerel with miso mayo. Dishes, served tableside, are by Tony Inn, who worked at Masa and Morimoto. The modern dining room has luxurious swagger. A sushi and cocktail lounge, Golden Guy, will open upstairs this summer. (Thursday)

107 Rivington Street (Ludlow Street), 646-253-6799,

The Onion Tree Pizza Company

Chicken tikka masala pizzaCredit…Ron Lai

Forget chance encounters on the subway; you never know what unlikely connections can be made on a pizza crust. Chicken tikka masala and saag paneer are a couple of options, along with more typical margherita and funghi. It’s all from the kitchen of Jay Jadeja, who is from Gujarat, India, at this branch of the Sea Cliff, N.Y., restaurant he owns with his wife, Raquel Jadeja. The restaurants serve Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas, and Indian items like wings spiced with tamarind.

214 First Avenue (13th Street), 646-809-3266,

Burmese Bites

Myo Lin Thway and his wife, Rebecca Nant.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet
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