After a 30 year hiatus, Hwa Yuan has reopened to give locals what is quite literally a taste of history. Its famed cold noodle recipe dates back to 1968 and is as delicious as ever. Owned and operated by the same family since day one, today the restaurant has regained its status as the neighborhood’s focal point. The tri-level space evokes Chinatown’s heyday, with gracious service and polished surroundings befit for a glamorous evening out. If Shorty himself is around, ask about the good old days and he might even break out the old photographs.
Stick to the menu’s familiar Sichuan dishes for a successful meal. Highlights include the “must-try” dry sautéed tangy beef; and crispy chicken with golden-lacquered skin.- MICHELIN guide inspectors