NEWS A group of friends tries to preserve Chinatown’s heritage through food

A group of friends tries to preserve Chinatown's heritage through food

Chinatown, Manhattan— Cantonese food with an American twist at Potluck Club in Chinatown.

There are rice rolls and braised short ribs with pumpkin, salt and pepper chicken, and scallion pancakes with chili sauce—a Southern twist.

For employees, food and space tell their stories.

“There’s a big movie theater on the Bowery, and we used to go to the movies there. As kids born and raised in New York, you know, we’re not Hong Kongers, but we know everything about the culture, the language, everything about our parents Knowing, and where they’re coming from, is through the movies. So we kind of wanted to pay homage to all of them. The old classics as well as the new Asian-American stuff like Romeo Must Die and Rush Hour,” said Corey Wu.

At the same time, most of the employees, they have been friends since childhood. Both born and raised in New York, they’re all equal partners in the business because they share the company’s mission statement.

Through food, their mission is to preserve the history of Chinatown and preserve its heritage.

“Nowhere in Chinatown is open. If anything, after the pandemic, there have been far more closed than opened, and basically we feel like there’s a vacuum that needs to be filled,” Chef Zhan Chen said. “Some people in Chinatown will say it’s Aging. That’s why we want to continue doing business here, creating new energy here.”

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