It isn’t really Chinese. It’s Japanese with a Sinophile bent. And it’s not really a restaurant. It’s more of a late-serving dim sum bar, with a hefty emphasis on sakes and fancy cocktails. Dishes like shark-fin dumplings and wasabi baby octopus come in take-a-bite-and-pass-it-on portions, and the salt-and-pepper squid—a steaming mound of it—turns into a perfect beer snack for four. Visiting DJs, scenesters and a steady projection of anime and surf movies help fill the downtime between visits from the sweet, cheery servers. Sesame balls are a weekend-only treat, but the green-tea crème brûlée is good six nights a week.
Forbidden City (CLOSED)
|Venue name:||Forbidden City (CLOSED)||Contact:|
212 Ave A
|Cross street:||between 13th and 14th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sun 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V|