It’s geography Monday. Here’s a quick lesson.
The Yunnan province in Southern China is bordered by Sichuan, Vietnam, and Laos.
Yunnan Kitchen, opening tonight in southeastern Manhattan, is flanked by a barbershop and pharmacy.
To pinpoint the latter, just look for wide windows, a reclaimed wood communal table, and owner Erika Chou’s overseas market finds (ferocious tiger rug from the 1800s, traditional ornamental tin and silver necklaces) hung on the walls.
Once inside, set a direct course for shared plates of celery, sweet lily bulbs, and gingko; crisped shrimp with fried lime leaves; and rice cakes tossed with ham, scallions, and tomatoes by chef Travis Post (Franny’s, Bklyn Larder). The fare is lighter than the Chinese you’re (most likely) accustomed to; ordering generously is wise.
Drink your way through six beers and three small-batch wines on tap (coming soon) or a pot of rare mountain grass tea.
No globe-trotting required.
Yunnan Kitchen, 79 Clinton Street, at Rivington Street (212-253-2527 or yunnankitchen.com).
Photo: Jordan Blumberg / DailyCandy