XO Kitchen

Photograph: Jessica Lin
Chinatown
Even though it’s named for the superior brandy rating, this kitchen just happens to make an excellent XO sauce: It’s full of the traditional chewy bits of dried scallop, and the usual shrimp-and-chili paste is replaced by diced shiitake, preserved pork and pickle. Other than the XO-doused dishes, you’ll find good Hong Kong comfort food: creamy congee, succulent clams and clay-pot meat-and-noodle stews.
Venue name: XO Kitchen
Contact:
Address: 148 Hester St
New York
10013
Cross street: between Bowery and Elizabeth St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 8am–11pm; Fri–Sun 8am–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: B, D to Grand St; J, M, Z to Bowery
Price: Cash only. Average main course: $7
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