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What’s the world’s food capital? The answer is quite obvious – at least to us. New York should claim this title as its cuisine is heavily influenced by all parts of the world. From street vendors and old diners to Jewish soul food and fine dining, the range is not only incredibly broad but also reflects New York’s highly diverse population. In a time when new walls are built and nationalism is on the rise, food can bring us all together. Come to New York and see for yourself! In this food guide we take you on a virtual tour to our favorite places. Let’s start the day with the most important meal!

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Breakfast & Brunch


La Bonbonniere (West Village)


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It’s somehow good to know that even the West Village with all its fancy brunch spots and fine dining names can still do things – and with things we mean breakfast – the old school way. If you’re looking for a traditional American breakfast without any pretentious gimmicks, La Bonbonniere is the place to go. Here, they serve classics like egg and cheese sammies, pancakes, French toast and heavily filled omelets. And don’t forget to order some bacon as a side! While hip brunch spots promote their bottomless mimosas, La Bonbonniere has bottomless coffee like all good diners. Make sure that you have some dollars on you as this is a cash only place.

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Sonnyboy (Lower East Side)


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Your friendly neighborhood place — that’s how we would sum up the experience at Lower East Side’s Sonnyboy. Although we only had breakfast and brunch here, this place is an all-day spot for unpretentious, highly seasonal food. The mornings at Sonnyboy are wonderfully relaxed – especially during the week. No hurry, no rude people, no noise. To us, here has been the perfect start into the day more than once. Foodwise there are also no bad choices. Their harissa folded eggs are a very tasty variation of a traditional omelet. House made granola, a crispy chicken sandwich and a winter breakfast with poached eggs, halloumi and mushrooms are some of Sonnyboy’s other breakfast choices. If you like the vibe and food here, you might also want to check out their sister-restaurant Banter near Washington Square Park.

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Shoo Shoo (Nolita)


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Shimon Maman is a well-known name when it comes to Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine. After leaving 12 Chairs Café back in 2018 – a place we loved for many years – he was looking for new opportunities. Shoo Shoo Nolita is his new “baby”. It has a very Mediterranean feel. Big windows, an airy dining room and lots of light contribute to that inviting atmosphere. Shoo Shoo aims to recreate Tel Aviv’s café culture with a New York touch. The dishes put a clear emphasis on organic and seasonal ingredients. Brunch is also served on Fridays – another plus. Plates like the “Shoo Shoo Breakfast” and the “Shookshooka” blend brunch favourites with Israeli staples like hummus, tahini and challah bread. Now we crave a trip to Israel even more.

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Sadelle’s (Soho)


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No matter if you want a satisfying breakfast or a savory brunch, Sadelle’s is the place to go. We are not sure if they make the “best bagels in NYC” but their baked goods came pretty close to bagel heaven. But Sadelle’s is more than just a bagel restaurant. They are famous for their “Sadelle’s Tower”. You can choose between a selection of fish (the house salmon being our first choice) and salads (egg salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad) or simply take both, if you are really hungry. Of course, all plates come with a fresh bagel of your choice: Plain, sesame, poppy, everything, pumpernickel, cinnamon raisin and so on. While the tower plates are the stars here, we would also like to mention Sadelle’s mouth-watering egg dishes. It’s a really tough choice and you will probably want to come back rather sooner than later.

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The Bonnie (Astoria)


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Get on the N- or W-train and leave Manhattan to have brunch at this cute spot in Queen’s Astoria neighborhood. That’s exactly what we did and we didn’t regret it (that’s of course a massive understatement)! The Bonnie is a classic neighborhood joint, an exceptionally cute bar-restaurant-hybrid that does food and drinks extremely well. While we yet have to return for dinner, our brunch experience was already quite remarkable. At The Bonnie, laid-back vibes and great hospitality come across a highly satisfying brunch menu. Whether you prefer the sweeter/lighter fares or the more heavy dishes like their famous brunch burger, chef Nick Testa’s food will make your day. The green eggs with ham and the breakfast panna cotta are only two of many standouts. As a mouth-watering starter or a slightly sweet finish The Bonnie’s “Lemon Poppy Dutch Baby” should be on everyone’s brunch list. It’s so good!

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Davelle (Lower East Side)


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It’s easy to overlook this tiny place on the Lower East Side. Davelle is a cute Japanese restaurant that is also open for lunch and dinner. In the morning they make very instagrammable toasts – both sweet and savory. While the “Berry & Cream Cheese” is the social media darling, we ordered their chocolate banana toast. More than yummy! If you want to have a breakfast or a small bite here, make sure that you aren’t in a hurry. Every dish and every toast is prepared with Japanese accuracy. In this fast moving and often crazy world, Davelle offers some very welcome contemplation.

Fairfax (West Village)


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There’s something very Californian about this all-day neighborhood café in the West Village (hence the name Fairfax and the pictures of the LA Lakers on the wall?). The space is bright and the cozy interior with the different sofas and tables reminded us more of a private living room than a traditional café. In either case we immediately felt welcome. There are a couple of solid breakfast/brunch options like yoghurt and granola, omelet, avocado toast and of course their signature Israeli breakfast with hummus, pita and soft-boiled eggs. We guess the latter is their bestseller. As they do not take reservations, they might be a wait especially on the weekend.

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Oxalis (Prospect Park)


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We hope you find your way out of Manhattan at least once or twice. When the weather is good, you should head over to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. It’s the better Central Park! While strolling around Brooklyn Botanic Garden or Prospect Park Zoo you might get hungry. On weekends, brunch is the national sport of many New Yorkers. A great brunch option in this part of Brooklyn is Oxalis. By definition a neighborhood bistro, chef Nico Russell already earned a Michelin star in Oxalis’s first year. It’s a beautiful place with a light-flooded bar space and intimate seating. Their 30-Dollar-brunch-menu offers great value for money and some very visually pleasing and flavorful dishes. The same can probably be said about the “Carte blanche” dinner menu (70 Dollars per person). We definitely have to come back for that experience!

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Sunday in Brooklyn (Williamsburg)


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Despite its name we would recommend this Williamsburg all-day café/restaurant not for a Sunday brunch unless you are willing to wait an hour or more for a table. During the week it’s stress-free to brunch here. Yes, they offer brunch also from Monday to Friday starting at 10 AM! Sunday in Brooklyn are famous for their pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter. So if you have a sweet tooth, you don’t have to think twice about your order. Otherwise you might opt for the spicy “Eggs in Purgatory”, the biscuits & gravy or the classic cheddar scramble with some bacon. When the weather is good, grab a table outside for some people watching. As you are in Williamsburg, there’s probably no better entertainment.

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Eisenberg’s (Flatiron District)


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When you have been in business for over 90 years, you probably know a thing or two. Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop located right next to the famous Flatiron building is another NYC landmark – for many good reasons. Since 1929 they serve high-cholesterol Jewish deli-style food without any pretense. They managed to preserve the old-school charm of a classic American diner/deli. The portions are generous and more than delicious. If you are looking for a gluten-free option or a low-carb breakfast, look elsewhere. Eisenberg’s sticks to its promise of “feeding New York” on “high cholesterol”. Breakfast is served all day as it should be. Classic Jewish-diner fare include their famous Reuben sandwich, the chopped liver or the challah French toast. All of Eisenberg’s food will warm your belly and your soul. This is a cash only place.

Michaeli Bakery (Lower East Side)


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We are in love with Israeli/Jewish pastries like babkas, rugalachs or challah bread. For all this sweet treats Michaeli Bakery is our new favorite place on Lower East Side. Freshly baked every day by chef Adir Michaeli and his team the sweet and savory pastries of this cute bakery near Manhattan Bridge make people happy. It’s as simple as that! They also make some vegan pastries that taste as good as the rest of Michaeli Bakery’s baked goods. In either case – vegan or not – grab your breakfast and coffee. After that you are ready to explore this beautiful city. And instead of buying some silly, overpriced souvenirs get their cookies for your loved ones at home!

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Lunch & Dinner


Dante (West Village)


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We are wondering what’s not to love about Dante. Dante would also be a good entry to the “All Day” section as the café/bar/restaurant near Washington Square Park provides great Italian food and drinks from all-mornings to late in the evening. The bar with their first-class selection of aperitivo drinks earned the top spot on last years “World’s 50 Best Bars” list. Therefore, you can also find Dante in our first NYC Bar Guide. But also when it comes to food this place won’t disappoint even your most skeptical Italian friends. The salumi misti platter is excellent and worth every dollar. At Dante all pasta is hand- and house-made. For your little slice of Italy in New York go to Dante and avoid the tourist traps of fake “Little Italy”.

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Crown Shy (Financial District)


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Honestly the Financial District is not among our favorite areas. During the day, brokers, bank employees and tourists populate the streets and at night the scenery becomes nearly deserted – anonymous and cold. But lately there’s a damn good reason to reconsider. The reason is called Crown Shy. Situated in an impressive Art déco building on Pine Street the elegant, yet cosy restaurant is the first solo project of famous NYC chef James Kent (ex-NoMad) and restaurateur Jeff Katz. The stunning design of the place with its high ceilings, big windows and marmoreal floors becomes the stage for an elaborate fine dining experience without any pretentious affectation. You can spot a picture of Biggie right next to the open kitchen and all of the staff – including chef James – wearing pretty good kicks. The menu draws inspiration from New York’s diversity, European techniques and childhood memories. Every plate was an explosion of different flavors and textures with the roasted short rib as the standout dish. Make sure that you leave some room for dessert as the creations by pastry chef Renata Ameni live up to the hype. We will take a closer look at Crown Shy’s high-class cocktail menu in our next bar guide.

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Llama Inn (Williamsburg)


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Llamas are somehow strange animals. Initially they look cute but they can also become a little dangerous if they try to defend themselves. You can google it if you want! When a restaurant calls itself Llama Inn, it piques our curiosity. This place in North Williamsburg is well worth a visit and – unlike the llama – not dangerous at all. Instead, you will have a good time, lots of great food and in the end probably a new culinary favorite. Just try to be a little adventurous and don’t get scared by beef hearts with broccoli and burrata or clams with turmeric and carrots. All plates of the Peruvian-inspired menu are meant to be shared. Start with some skewers and a ceviche. After that you will forget all reservation and crave more food. Llama Inn’s cross-over cuisine is full of flavors and highly addictive. We usually opt for a seat at the kitchen counter from where you get interesting insights into the work routine of the kitchen staff. There is also a Llama San restaurant in the West Village with a little different agenda. It offers fine dining and a very unique Omakase experience (145 Dollars).

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Contra (Lower East Side)


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When someone asks us for a fine dining restaurant in NYC, we don’t hesitate to recommend Contra. This place on Orchard Street never disappoints. It offers a 89 Dollar tasting menu in a very laid-back, almost casual setting. Forget all the pretentious bullshit of other fine dining restaurants. Contra gets it all right – the food, the atmosphere, the impeccable service. And we have to mention their playlist with our favorite bands The National and Foals on heavy rotation. What else can you ask for? Also, the dishes not only look great, they taste even better. Something like “fresh tofu” that initially might sound trivial, becomes a highlight at Contra. The same thing could be said about their desserts that easily exceed our already high expectations. There is also a vegetarian option and a three course menu at the bar available on a first come, first serve basis. Mexican-born chef Fabián von Hauske Valtierra and his co-partner Jeremiah Stone are not only behind Contra’s Michelin star rated cuisine, the duo also operates the casual wine bar Wildair (next door to Contra) and the recently opened People’s Wine shop & bar on Delancey Street. Despite their youth they already have a big impact on how New York nowadays defines fine dining.

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Clover Club (Cobble Hill)


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This is a food guide. Nevertheless, we mention this great Brooklyn bar that is also an excellent dinner spot. Its cocktail menu made Clover Club famous. But with all the praise for their drinks and spirits selection, sometimes their food is forgotten. We want to put Clover Club’s food in the spotlight. Order their prime beef burger medium rare. It’s all we ever wanted from a burger and more. The patty is juicy, tasty and together with their house-made avocado ranch it’s simply a winning combo. Enjoy the neighborhood vibes at Clover Club and of course get some cocktails!

Hart’s (Bedford-Stuyvesant)


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In the heart of Brooklyn, you will find a small, intimate and very cute neighborhood restaurant called Hart’s. And when we say small, we mean really small. There are only a couple of tables and some seats at the bar. Reservations are therefore highly encouraged. This is a perfect date spot off the beaten path (but the subway from Manhattan is literally just two steps away). Whether you come around for a romantic dinner or primarily for the food, in either case Hart’s will take good care of you. The plates are all perfectly prepared, made from fresh ingredients and very tasty. Overall, Hart’s offers really good value for money. For a welcome twist on the sometimes dull “burger game”, order their grass-fed lamb burger with some marinated anchovies. Wine lovers will also be quite happy.

Cosme (Flatiron District)


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Things can get tricky at Cosme and with things we mean reservations. Tables go faster than some hypebeast kicks. If you overcome that obstacle, you can finally enjoy a truly remarkable dinner experience. Cosme marks the first US outpost of Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. His much acclaimed fine-dining restaurant Pujol in Mexico City can be found in almost all of the world’s best restaurant rankings. With Cosme, Olvera and his business partner Daniela Soto-Innes bring the idea of modern Mexican-inspired cuisine to the Flatiron District. You better unlearn everything you might know about Mexican food. Cosme is for sure on another level! Even if some dishes sound familiar like the “fluke tostada” or the “tataki al pastor”, the simple descriptions of Cosme’s highly ambitious menu don’t do justice to the explosion of flavors that will knock your socks off. The crispy and juicy duck carnitas are probably their standout dish. Be prepared to spend a big amount of money, but the overall experience is worth its heavy price. Their bar program is excellent as well.


All Day


Post (East Village)


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A little tucked away in the East Village this all-day spot on Avenue B could easily become your best companion. In the morning they serve breakfast (brunch on the weekends), later lunch and of course dinner at night – 7 days a week. It’s a very small place with only a couple of counter seats, some tables and many lovely details. Did you notice the phone? It reminds us of LA’s Freedman’s. At Post you must order the biscuits. You can eat them plain with some butter and jelly, with different meat and vegetarian options or with gravy. They also have a vegan option – this is the East Village after all.

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Russ & Daughters Café (Lower East Side)


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To a New Yorker Russ & Daughters needs no introduction. It’s more than a staple, it’s a true institution of Jewish deli traditions. While the shop located on East Houston Street has been there for more than a century (!), the intimate, likeable calm and incredibly homely café on Orchard Street offers excellent Jewish food from early mornings until late in the evening. You can’t have a meal here without a bagel and some of their house-smoked fish. The little pickled herring bites on pumpernickel or their chopped salad with whitefish are as satisfying as most of their breakfast dishes. Their Egg Benedicts come on house-baked challah bread. To die for! While other restaurants come and go, Russ & Daughters are here to stay. And that’s a damn good thing!

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Veselka (East Village)


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The things said about Russ & Daughters can equally be said about this East Village gem. Veselka is another staple and a constant companion during all of our New York trips. Established in1954 this cozy place offers Ukrainian soul food and East European specialties like pierogis, borscht, bigos (a delicious stew), kielbasa sausages or goulash. Despite the filling portions make sure to leave some room for their award-winning blintzes – a Ukrainian-style crepe filled with farmer’s cheese. Did we mention the pies? Veselka is open 24 hours on 365 days a year. You can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-late-late-night meal here. Every meal is more than satisfying and every visit a treat for your soul.

Café Habana (Nolita)


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Get your daily dose of Caribbean sunshine at this Cuban diner in the heart of Nolita. We can’t tell you how many times we had breakfast, lunch or just a quick bite here. The original Café Habana on Prince Street is now in business for over 20 years and – you might add – for many good reasons. The Cuban-inspired food like the classic huevos rancheros or their famous Cuban sandwich with marinated roast pork will warm up your belly. The menu offers not only good value but also many mouth-watering choices for every time of the day from quesadillas to salads and taco dishes.

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Spiegel (East Village)


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Sometimes all you need is a place you want to be with your friends. By chance this is the tag line of a small all-day place in the East Village called Spiegel. It became our favorite breakfast spot during our last trip to NYC. You may ask why? First and foremost, there’s the food. The Israeli style breakfast options like the spicy Shakshuka with some Merguez or the hummus with fresh-baked pita are the perfect soul food (or a pretty good hangover cure in case you need it). They only use organic eggs and fresh ingredients. For dinner you can have a great burger, the schnitzel plate or a delicious knockwurst sandwich with sauerkraut. We also love the casual vibe of Spiegel, their honest approach to hospitality and the bright, light-filled space. Forget all the trendy, instagrammable wannabes. This is the real New York!

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Bar Pisellino (West Village)


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Rita Sodi and Judy Williams are two of New York’s most successful and respected figures in hospitality. With three restaurants (Via Carota, I Sodi, Buvette) in the heart of the West Village and this wonderful Italian aperitivo bar they left a big footprint on the city’s culinary map. Although Bar Pisellino opened its doors in 2019 for the first time, it looks indeed like an old and very classy piece of Italy. The elegant marble counter together with the wooden interior and the small floor tiles blend into a Mediterranean beauty. From early mornings to late nights people gather inside or on the sidewalk with an espresso, an amari cocktail or some small bites like a panini or spuntini. The cocktails – overseen by Dante’s former head bartender Stacey Swenson – are authentic and way better than in most bars in Italy. When the weather is good, the seats outside are perfect for people watching. We suggest making your round and head over to Via Carota for dinner and more great Italian food. While you probably have to wait for a table (they don’t take reservations so come early), you can enjoy Bar Pisellinos distinctive ambience and aperitivo art.

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Yonah Shimmel’s Knish (Lower East Side)


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A food list of NYC without Yonah Shimmel? Impossible! This place on Houston Street is genuine New York, doing business since 1910 (!). Needless to say, it plays an important part in the city’s food culture. The Jewish restaurant – or should we say bakery, not really sure – does knish. This is a very traditional Jewish snack made of mashed potatoes or cheese. Different fillings like spinach, kasha (buckwheat) and mushrooms can be added. The cheese knish with chocolate, apples or cherries are a very yummy sweet snack. You probably didn’t know that “a knish a day keeps the doctor away”. No fake news here!




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New York has seen a steady rise of great independent cafés and coffee roasting facilities during the last 5 to 10 years. With regard to quality and sustainability many of these small businesses helped to improve the overall coffee experience and café culture in the city. There is really no need to get your daily caffeine fix at one of the big, interchangeable café chains. We encourage you to look out for the local coffee guys. Here are some of our favorite spots with a clear bias towards Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn/Williamsburg:

Saltwater Coffee (East Village)

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Happy Bones (Nolita)

Urban Backyard (Nolita)

Caffè Vita (Lower East Side)

Ludlow Coffee Supply (Lower East Side)

Kodawari Coffee (Lower East Side)

Sey Coffee (Bushwick)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters (West Village)

Café Grumpy (Williamsburg, Chelsea, Lower East Side)

Everyman Espresso (East Village)

Devocion (Williamsburg, Flat Iron)

Café Beit (Williamsburg)

Birch Coffee (West Village)

Sweatshop (Williamsburg)

If you’re looking for bar recommendations, check our NYC Bar Guide Part 1. A sequel with more great bars is coming soon!

Den zweiten Teil unseres Hong Kong Guides beginnen wir in Wan Chai. Die Gegend zwischen dem doch sehr europäischen Soho/Central und dem modernen, geschäftsmäßigen Causeway Bay war uns auf Anhieb sehr sympathisch. In Wan Chai findet der Hong Kong-Besucher eine gute Mischung aus vielen kleinen Stores, Cafés und Restaurants. Auch die Einflüsse der britischen Kolonialzeit sind hier an vielen Ecken noch deutlich sichtbar. Am besten steigt man an der U-Bahn-Station Wan Chai an den Ausgängen B2 oder A3 aus und geht dann von Norden zunächst in Richtung Süden.

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Auf dem Weg zum kolonialen Blue House, das sich bei unserem Besuch hinter einem Bambusgerüst versteckte, kommen wir zunächst bei Omotesando Koffee (200, Lee Tung Avenue im dortigen Einkaufszentrum) vorbei, die wir bereits aus Tokio kennen. Auch der Hong Kong-Ableger zelebriert Kaffeekunst auf ganz hohem Niveau in einem typisch japanischen Ambiente. Minimalismus pur! Dazu wird japanisches Gebäck serviert. Wenn man sich in Kaffee verlieben kann, dann mit Sicherheit bei Omotesando Koffee. Eine gute Alternative ist zudem die Wan Chai-Filiale von Elephant Grounds (8 Wing Fung Street), die auch Frühstück und Lunch anbietet.

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Etwas abseits der Queens Road, die sich durch Wan Chai schlängelt, findet man in vielen kleinen Gassen und Straßen wie der Sun Street sehr hübsche Stores. Dazu zählen auch Eclectic Cool (5 Sun Street), die sich den schönen Dingen des Lebens verschrieben haben. Holzmöbel, Teppiche, Bücher, Bilder, Küchenutensilien oder kleine Geschenkideen machen dabei nur ein Teil des Sortiments aus. Eclectic Cool führen Labels aus Hong Kong ebenso wie international bekannte Marken. Die Mischung macht es wohl. Wer sich für Interior Design interessiert, sollte hier mal reinschauen. Ein weiterer Grund für einen Besuch der Sun Street befindet sich übrigens direkt nebenan: Das Honbo (6-7 Sun Street) serviert schmackhafte Burger in einem chilligen Ambiente. Dazu schmeckt am besten ein kühles, lokal gebrautes Bier.

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Auch das bekannte Monocle-Magazin ist in Hong Kong zu finden. Store und Redaktionsräume (1 St Francis Yard) liegen unter einem kleinen Dach. Immer wieder nehmen wir von einem Store-Besuch das eine oder andere mit. Ansonsten gilt das, was wir schon zuvor über Eclectic Cool geschrieben haben. „Wirklich brauchen“ braucht man das meiste aus dem Monocle-Sortiment nicht. Aber vieles wie die „Monocle Guides to…“ sind sicherlich ein „nice to have“. Für soviel Denglisch dürft Ihr uns jetzt gerne hassen – zu Recht! Uns fiel aber gerade keine bessere Formulierung ein.

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Bevor es gleich weiter auf die andere Seite ins quirlige Kowloon geht, wollen wir Euch noch verschiedene erstklassige Dinner-Adressen verraten. Kantonesische Küche, die es mit jedem Sterne-Restaurant aufnehmen kann, serviert das von außen sehr unscheinbare The Chairman (18 Kau U Fong) in Central. Um es zu finden, gibt man die Adresse am besten in Google Maps ein, denn am Eingang fehlt jeder Hinweis in lateinischer und damit für uns verständlicher Schrift. Typisch für chinesische Restaurants sind zudem die großen, runden Tische, an denen es gerne laut und gesellig zugeht. Wir haben hier die scharfen Schweinerippchen probiert, dazu Rindfleisch und Ente. Klassische Hong Kong-Küche auf hohem Niveau!

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Ein richtiges Gourmet-Erlebnis mit westlichem Einschlag bietet das Arcane (18 On Lan Street) von Sternekoch Shane Osborne. Der Australier kocht mit seinem Team moderne Gerichte darunter Kalbsbries, Wagyu Short Ribs und Hokkaido Kabeljau. Preislich liegt das Arcane auf dem Niveau vergleichbarer Sterne-Restaurants in Europa oder den USA, aber das sollte jetzt keine große Überraschung sein. Ein Ort für besondere Anlässe. Uns hat alles wahnsinnig gut geschmeckt. Einziger Wermutstropfen: Das fehlende Tasting Menü. Aber vielleicht legt Osborne in Zukunft noch nach (wir würden aber auch so am liebsten schon morgen wiederkommen).

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Auch wenn dem Ho Lee Fook (1 Elgin St) noch der Stern als Auszeichnung fehlt, so kann das Essen von Küchenchef Jowett Yu doch einiges. Als „funky“ bezeichnet Ho Lee Fook (höhöhö) das eigene Essen. Tatsächlich passt diese Umschreibung nicht nur auf die modern interpretierten chinesischen Klassiker – die Wagyu Short Ribs sind anscheinend das beliebteste auf der Karte – sondern auch auf Ambiente und Style des Restaurants, das interessanterweise keine Reservierungen annimmt. Man sollte daher am besten kurz vor Eröffnung um 18 Uhr schon dort sein und seinen Namen auf die Liste setzen lassen. Wir hatten Glück und bekamen sofort einen Tisch. Nicht einmal 20 Minuten später war der ganze Raum bis auf den letzten Platz besetzt. Im Ho Lee Fook geht es zugegeben etwas lauter zu, aber auch das scheint Teil des ungezwungenen Konzepts zu sein.

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Durchaus vergleichbar von Konzept und Stil ist das Yardbird (33 Bridges Street, Achting Sonntags geschlossen). Das japanisch angehauchte Yakitori-Restaurant gibt sich lässig, familienfreundlich und gesellig. Herzstück der Karte sind die Hühnchengerichte – gegrillt und auf kleinen Spießen wird hier auf Wunsch nahezu jeder Teil eines Hühnchens serviert. Auch das Yardbird nimmt bewusst keine Reservierungen an. Vor allem wer später am Abend vorbeischaut, muss schon mal etwas länger auf einen freien Platz warten. Am besten startet Ihr mit einem Dinner im Yardbird in den Abend! Der im „Korean BBQ Style“ frittierte Blumenkohl hätten wir am liebsten noch dreimal nachbestellt. Nur wenige Meter vom Yardbird bietet das Little Bao (66 Staunton Street) inzwischen weit über Hong Kong hinaus bekannte Bao Burger an. Wenn Ihr das erste Mal in eines dieser kleinen Meisterwerke reingebissen habt, seid Ihr der Bao-Sucht schon verfallen. Wetten, dass?

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Wo wir gerade bei Meisterwerken sind: Die gibt es auch im Bibo (163 Hollywood Road). Küchenchef ist hier Mutaro Balde, ein Liebhaber der französischen Küche, die er durchaus modern interpretiert. Ebenfalls erstklassig sind die Cocktailkünste der Bibo-Crew, die in dem vielleicht schönsten Barumfeld Hong Kongs arbeiten darf. Hier essen und trinken die Gäste wie selbstverständlich umgeben von Kunstwerken von Kaws, Banksy und Murakami. Schon um diese einmal live zu sehen, lohnt ein Besuch. Am besten setzt man sich an die Bar oder in die Lounge. Schon der Eingang in das Restaurant im Souterrain ist ziemlich beeindruckend.

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Wohlfühlen ist das alleroberste Gebot in den vier über Südostasien verteilten Potato Head-Spots. Potato Head sind eine besondere Mischung aus Bar, Café, Restaurant, und Chill-out-Zone. Der Hong Konger Ableger (100 Third Street) liegt im Viertel Sai Ying Pun etwas abseits des Zentrums. Mit der U-Bahn (Island Line) ist man aber in wenigen Minuten dort. Ursprünglich kommt die Potato Head-Familie aus Indonesien. Der Beach Club auf Bali, den wir zuletzt auch besucht haben, stellt mit seiner Location die anderen sicherlich locker in den Schatten. Zum Entspannen und für einen guten Drink kann man aber jederzeit auch nach Sai Ying Pun fahren. Wirkt fast wie ein Kurzurlaub im Urlaub!

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Ihr schätzt auch einen guten Cocktail? Und damit meinen wir jetzt keinen Pina Colada oder Long Island Ice Tea. Longdrinks der Extraklasse in einem besonderen Ambiente bietet die Speakeasy-Bar 001 (97 Wellington Street) in Central. Typisch Speakeasy ist der Eingang von außen als solcher nicht unbedingt zu erkennen. Auch wenn Euch Google Maps zur Wellington Street navigiert, müsst Ihr nach der schwarzen Tür gleich um die Ecke auf der Graham Street Ausschau halten. Dort klingelt Ihr. Es empfiehlt sich am besten vor 20 Uhr am 001 zu sein. Die Bar ist nicht allzu groß und sicherlich kein Geheimtipp mehr. Als Alternative bietet sich das The Woods (17-19 Hollywood Road) an. Die Bar wird – eher unüblich – von drei Schwestern betrieben. Frische und lokale Zutaten dienen als Grundlage der kreativen Kompositionen, für die das The Woods schon zahlreiche Auszeichnungen gewinnen konnte. Das Wald-Thema wurde nicht nur auf der Cocktailkarte kongenial umgesetzt sondern zeigt sich auch im Design und in der Ausstattung der Bar.

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Nun aber zu dem versprochenen Ausflug ins ungleich „chinesischere“ Mong Kok, das auf Hong Kongs Festlandseite im Herzen Kowloons liegt. Sowohl die rote Tsuen Wan Line als auch die grüne Kwun Tong Line halten in Mong Kok, das sich Tag für Tag in einen riesigen Straßenmarkt verwandelt. Bevor wir aber über die verschiedenen Märkte schlendern, besuchen wir zunächst in einem unscheinbaren Fabrik-/Lagerhaus die JPS Art Gallery (12. Etage im Fuk Hong Industrial Building,
60-62 Tong Mi Road). Um dorthin zu gelangen, sollte man den U-Bahn-Ausgang A2 nehmen und dann die Mong Kok Road Richtung Osten gehen bis zur Tong Mi Road. Der kurze Weg lohnt sich allemal. In der JPS Art Gallery dürfte jedem Fan von Ron English, Kaws oder Takashi Murakami spontan das Herz aufgehen. Unsere Bilder sprechen hoffentlich für sich. Manches steht sogar zum Verkauf. Es gibt kleine Kunstwerke für die Vitrine und andere die einen ganzen Raum ausfüllen. Die kleine Galerie ist zugleich ein Privatmuseum – und was für eins!

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Die Straßenmärkte in Mong Kok erwachen meist erst gegen Mittag zum Leben. Dabei läuft man am besten parallel zur zentralen Nathan Road die einzelnen Straßen ab. Im Norden findet sich auf der Tong Choi Street der berühmte Goldfish Market. Tatsächlich bietet hier jeder zweite Shop Zierfische in allen Größen und Farben an. Daneben finden sich aber auch süße Hundewelpen (nicht zum Essen hoffentlich), Nager, Schildkröten und andere Vierbeiner. Nicht fehlen darf das hierzu passende „Zubehör“.

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Etwas südlicher weiter verläuft der Ladies Market rund um die Argyle Street und parallel zur bekannten Sneaker Street (Fa Yuen Street). Die Abgrenzungen sind ohnehin nicht immer leicht zu ziehen und die Übergänge eigentlich fließend. Ob bei den (Fake-)Taschen und Klamotten – Supreme, Bape, Gucci, Louis Vuitton und sogar Noah – wirklich nur Frauen zuschlagen, darf bezweifelt werden. Es gibt auch jede Menge Krimskrams angefangen von Totoro-USB-Sticks bis hin zu Ladegeräten in NMD- oder Yeezy-Form. Wenn Eure Kondition ausreicht, könnt Ihr ab dem späten Nachmittag auch noch den Temple Street Night Market mitnehmen.

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Nicht nur auf der Sneaker Street (Fa Yuen Street) reiht sich Sneakerstore an Sneakerstore. Neben Hong Kong-weiten Ketten wie dahood sind hier auch die großen Brands wie adidas, Nike, New Balance und Puma mit eigenen Stores präsent. Spannender sind aber natürlich die etwas „versteckten“ Adressen, für die man den Blick oft etwas weiter nach oben richten muss. Die meisten wie KixDreams (2. Etage, 43 Fa Yuen Street) sind klassische Consignment-Stores. Schnäppchen sind folglich auch dort nicht zu erwarten. Der Yeezy Boost 350 „Zebra“ kostete umgerechnet beispielsweise schlappe 1500 Euro. Hype-Releases haben längst ihr globales Preisniveau.

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An alle Hypebeaster richtet sich auch das Angebot im Einkaufszentrum Trendy Zone (580 Nathan Road Ecke Dundas Street). Dort sollte man die Shops im Untergeschoss besuchen – jedoch nicht vor 14 oder 15 Uhr. Wer sich schon immer gefragt hat, wer die ganzen NMD, UltraBoost und Yeezys aufkauft, dem wird hier die Antwort vor die Nase gesetzt. Klamotten von Supreme, Bape, Undercover und Bearbricks in allen Größen warten in der Trendy Zone ebenfalls auf zahlungskräftige Käufer (etwas günstiger ist das Angebot auf den Straßenmärkten hehe). Ansonsten sind die Stores aber auch ein hübsches Fotomotiv.

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Wo wir gerade bei Fotomotiven sind: Zum Ende unseres Hong Kong Guides hätten wir da noch eine Idee, die nicht ganz so offensichtlich wie ein Foto vom Victoria Peak oder von Hong Kongs Skyline ist. Gemeint sind die Basketball-Plätze im Wohnviertel Choi Hung (U-Bahn-Haltestelle Choi Hung Ausgang C3, Tse Wai Avenue 2). Dabei sind die Wohngebäude in ihren Pastellfarben mindestens so fotogen wie die Courts davor (diese befinden sich im Übrigen auf dem Dach des Parkhauses, die genaue Location findet Ihr auf Google Maps). Wir haben den Ort natürlich auch gleich für ein Sneaker-Shooting genutzt.

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Gerne hätten wir noch mehr von Hong Kong gesehen und gemacht. Ein Wiedersehen ist daher eigentlich so gut wie ausgemacht. Und Euch wünschen wir natürlich auch eine gute Zeit in dieser verrückten Stadt!

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