Danny Bowien of NYC and San Francisco's
Mission Chinese Food. © Jasmin Sun
Chinese food: the Christmas day choice of non-celebrants and anyone interested in an unconventional holiday meal. Here, chefs' favorite places to eat it in the country.
New York City
Tom Valenti, Ouest
“Shun Lee West is enormously popular, especially for those who don’t celebrate the Christmas holiday. They have a restaurant dining room as well as a café where they serve dim sum. Their dim sum is well liked, but my wife and I are both creatures of habit, and have always gone to the dining room. It’s horribly gaudy but that’s part of the fun; there’s this 100-foot-long dusty dragon looking down on you as you eat. We always get the pickled pig’s kidney. I don’t even know how they prepare it, I don’t want to know, but it’s fantastic. From there I just take the lead from the waiters or manager about whatever they think is good.” shunleewest.com