Rice & Gold Now Open: Fantastic For Dim Sum Lovers

 

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.

Mr. EwokOne artwork, huge space

Bar

Booths

Booths

Mr. EwokOne

Back of restaurant

Dumplings

Candied pork buns

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