Whether you honor the tradition on December 25 or not, it’s a widely recognized fact that movies and Chinese food are the most perfect night out.
And we’ve got a new reco for your dumpling arsenal: Fung Tu.
Smack-dab between Chinatown and the Lower East Side (and mere blocks from Landmark Sunshine Cinema), it’s not your average checkered-tablecloth and takeout-container type of place. Instead the space is sleekly designed with whitewashed brick walls, walnut banquettes and geometric artwork.
As for the food? Expect equally contemporary takes on Chinese staples: fried dates stuffed with duck, steamed buns with sunchokes and shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts stir-fried with squid and bacon. (The owners’ résumés include Per Se, Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Mas Farmhouse.) But for the takeout purist, Fung Tu does offer its own version of the Original Egg Roll: succulent pork belly, olives, leeks and--wait for it--cilantro, all wrapped up in a flaky tempura shell.
Just don’t expect to end the meal with a traditional fortune cookie. The peanut-butter-and-chocolate-ganache sesame balls make for a much better dessert anyway.
Fung Tu, 22 Orchard St. (between Canal and Hester sts.); 212-219-8785 or fungtu.com