Carol’s Bun is in the Oven

IMG_2786 As part of my cutting edge coverage of restaurants with names that make me smile in Chinatown I bring you: Carol’s Bun.  Not sure why I find this so amusing other than the obvious bun-in-the-oven image it conjures up.  Carol’s place is a hole in the wall store front on East Broadway with a menu split up into Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong which I don’t think I have ever seen before.IMG_2788 IMG_2787Oh and just for the sake of diversity and to give the menu an international feel Carol has included that perennial favorite: Swiss Chicken Wings.  She serves “Party Tray” as well.

Kidding aside I love this place, its focus is affordable food for the working class/neighborhood folks who want to pick something up for dinner after a long day or stop in for a quick bite.  Best for lunch.

People mostly think of New York and think high culture, shows, and fancy or cult foods (Big Gay Ice Cream, Marigold’s Cupcakes, Peter Lugar’s Steak House etc.) Unlike so many other cities where the Chinese/Asian population has decamped to the suburbs NYC’s Chinatown is still vibrant, sure there has been some movement, but in New York’s case the movement has been to Queens so not suburban just another urban option where the rents are cheaper.  Whether visiting or living in New York Chinatown is a great place to hang out, wander around and eat.   It offers a real glimpse into a part of the city that hasn’t changed radically and where you still get a sense of old New York, not the fancy condo and tourist spots like Chelsea, a neighborhood that when I first moved here used to be decidedly dodgy and now is so fancy and built up it’s almost unrecognizable.

I found this on Youtube Chinatown 1986 the hairstyles and cars have changed, but little else:

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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