Sampled a few dishes at Dale Talde’s newest restaurant, Rice & Gold, last weekend prior to its official opening yesterday (9/28).
I wolfed down the dumplings and pork buns – delicious. I will be back frequently over the next few weeks to try out the full menu. I anticipate this might become one of my favorite go-to’s (as long as reservations don’t become a nightmare).
Here’s what makes it worth checking out:
The vibe and ambiance are outstanding
- The aesthetic is right up my alley. The street art murals by Mr. Ewok One set the tone – high energy, young, creative.
- It’ll be a great spot for dinner with a group. It’s a huge restaurant (180 seats). My only concern is it could become super loud – not sure about the noise levels or what kind of music they’ll play. But I am an early diner and if I recall, noise has not been much of an issue at other Talde restaurants.
The food is excellent
- Although I was there only for the Saturday Breakfast/Lunch menu – it was outstanding: vegetable mapo dumplings with shiitake mushrooms, tofu and soy-chili sauce and candied roast pork buns – delicious.
- Jae Lee is Rice & Gold’s executive chef (and will also be providing room service for the hotel).
- Caveat for diehard fans of authentic Chinatown dim sum parlors. Those mystery dumplings and wontons are not generally my cup of tea. I much prefer a more westernized dim sum offering which is what Gold & Rice delivers. So your call!
Service was great
- Mind you the place was virtually empty since they were still in friends and family mode but every staff person I spoke with was incredibly well-informed about the menu and excited to be working there.
Rice & Gold is on the ground floor of the Hotel 50 Bowery (just below Canal Street). They are taking reservations on Open Table.
See photos below.