Michelin-star modern Chinese in America's oldest Chinatown
When Mister Jiu’s opened in April 2016, only two other restaurants had occupied the building since the 1880s. Entry to Mister Jiu's is off of Waverly Place, and the bar is dark and dreamy, a perfect place to try one of their signature cocktails that sport names like Happiness, Tranquility, and Prosperity. A hallway gives way to the light and bright dining room that looks out over the lanterns and Chinese signs of Grant Street. Like falling through a Chinese rabbit hole, the experience is a sensual one, and that's before you even get to the food. Chef Brandon Jew and his talented team buzz around the open kitchen, whipping up small and large dishes of organic, locally sourced meat, fish, and vegetables, with some modern twists on old classics such as Dutch crunch barbecue pork buns, hot and sour soup is served with Dungeness crab, and Shui Jiao dumplings are filled with lamb. Banquet-style dining is encouraged. How else will you get to test out that old-school Chinese restaurant mainstay, the lazy-Susan, built into each round teak table. A prix fixe menu or à la carte ordering is available. Within six months of opening, Mister Jiu's earned a Michelin-star.