Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month was from 5/1 – 5/31 and Yelp NYC celebrated by showcasing some of the many amazing Asian-owned businesses of New York City’s Chinatowns in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
The NYC Community Managers curated a list of must-try foods and experiences throughout the Chinatowns and created Elite experiences available only to Yelp Elites. Yelp partnered with Send Chinatown Love, a non-profit organization that supports low-tech, cash-only, Asian-owned small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Checkout the list here to see all the businesses featured in our Elite only experiences.
From steamed rice rolls to egg sandos and taiyaki ice cream, our Yelp Elites were treated to some of the best finds in Chinatown. Don’t just take our word for it, read on for some highlights from the Yelp Elite Squad!
“Dreamers is a cute cafe near the East Broadway F stop, and I was excited to stop by and try for the first time. I love the plants and ambiance, and it’s a spot I would for sure try again when I’m in the area. The Yelp Elite Perk was just the right afternoon treat for me. I got 1 flaky and buttery palmier cookie and one sandwich of choice. I picked the Classic Egg Sando, and it was fresh & and little spicy. I’m so glad we can support these local Asian businesses together this month!” – Charlene W.
“Lines of tea jars fill the walks. The middle section has tea cups and tea pots. This place felt sacred. It felt well curated. I cannot read or speak Chinese but I still had a great time breathing in all of the tea. The owner was extremely kind. Gracious and open… He said he goes to China throughout the year to hike the mountains and pick the highest quality tea himself. If that isn’t dedication to the craft, I don’t know what is.” -Thomas C.
“I had heard about Kam Hing a long time ago, and finally got around to visiting yesterday thanks to this event (while also learning that a friend of my friend is the owner’s daughter haha). They are famous for their sponge cakes and for good reason! I ordered the ube, pandan, and strawberry sponge cakes, along with a Thai iced coffee. Given cashier’s (owner’s?) kind and cheery demeanor, I felt compelled to tip a couple bucks, but he wouldn’t let me have my way–he insisted I take a couple more sponge cakes and threw in the butterscotch and coconut flavors as a result.” -Peter Y.
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