Hwa Yuan is the rebirth of a Chinatown legend. Revitalized by Chef Chen Lien Tang, son of legendary New York chef Shorty Tang, the celebrated establishment combines a modern epicurean experience with the storied cuisine made famous by the original. The first Hwa Yuan was a staple of Chinatown in the 80's, particularly by their ultra-popular cold sesame noodles. The original was beloved by the famous and pedestrian alike, serving such regulars as Steve McQueen, Peter Falk, Paul Newman and reknowned New York food critic Mimi Sheraton. Though the Tang family could have let the property remain available for charter after shutting its doors, Chef Chen Lien Tang felt an obligation to revitalize a positive representation of his beloved Manhattan Chinatown.
The modern Hwa Yuan, established in 2017, is a lavish three-story extravagance, offering the very best of "Sichuan-world" cuisine; an original term derived by Chef Chen Lien Tang as authentic Sichuan fused with all-around-the-world cooking. The end result is an indelible memory, a satisfying Chinese fine-dining experience that transforms our guests into treasured dignitaries. Whether it's at our avant-garde bar area or our cozy ambient dining sections, guests will acquaint themselves of a legendary and modern-day Chinatown landmark. Enjoy!
"Best new Chinese restaurant downtown Manhattan. The menu here is succinct, carrying only the best dishes unlike much of the restaurants in Chinatown that makes you wonder how they can possibly prepare that many dishes well. Here every dish on the menu is carefully selected and done to perfection."
"Lucky enough to meet the head chef, Mr Tang. He's a very nice friendly man. He has lots of good intentions for the Chinese community and his customers with this restaurant."
"Recently reopened after a 30-year hiatus, the Chef is using his father's recipes and updating them, to great success. Superior service -- super attentive and genuinely kind and caring -- we really felt welcome and we could tell they wanted us to really enjoy our meal. That alone is enough reason to come back and we had the added impetus of delicious food."
"An old name reimagined for current time. This spot is taking familiar dishes and executing them in a great way."
"Beautiful thoughtful space, every detail from the wood carved room dividers to the gorgeous Asian vases in the nooks is lovely and inspiring."