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Neighborhood Spotlight: Famous Local Eateries

There’s only one pizza spot in New York that can lay claim to both milling its own flour in
the basement and making you nostalgic for the Downtown scene of the 90s with a 21st-
century twist—and that place is Scarr’s Pizza. As Carlo Mantuano of The Infatuation
writes, “It’s almost impossible to resist the gravitational pull of Scarr’s…partly because
of the stereotypically hypebeast-y crowd that lingers out front, and partly because a
Scarr’s slice will make you wonder how crust alone can taste so flavorful.” Scarr’s
inspires expat foodies in Paris like chef/writer David Lebovitz to literally write home
about it in posts such as the one he shared on Instagram about braving the line for a
slice of pepperoni, honey, and jalapeño.

Scarr’s is one of the many Lower East Side eateries a short distance from Extell
Development’s One Manhattan Square condos that garner cult followings because they
deliver not only on food, atmosphere, and ambience but on that “je ne sais quois” that
turns a restaurant into a neighborhood-defining destination. Like Scarr’s, Nom Wah Tea
Parlor, which has been slinging dim sum in Chinatown since 1920, is a restaurant
people can’t walk near without wanting to go inside. There are usually people spilling
out onto the street waiting for tables, drawn by the special quality—part Hong Kong, part
Blade Runner—of this old-school dim sum house that was revamped by Wilson Tang in
2010 to feature a made-to-order menu. You know a place is rating high on the
desirability factor when it hosts the Met Gala preparty, which it did in 2015, but luckily
for residents of One Manhattan Square, it has retained its homey, throwback
atmosphere and is still just a perfect way to do a casual brunch Chinatown-style, with
plates of egg rolls, shrimp dumplings, and a roast pork bun to fantasize about long after
the meal is over.

Joe’s Shanghai was opened by Joe Si in the 90s and quickly garnered a following for
his homemade soup dumplings, which are basically the platonic ideal of steamed and
pleated dumplings, filled like a jewel with savory soup. The addictive quality of these
dumplings can create a sort of impassioned long-distance love affair for fans who don’t
live in the neighborhood—but residents of One Manhattan Square can enjoy these
treats whenever the mood strikes.

Meanwhile, Xi’an Famous Foods gathers mic-drop-level responses like that of Top
Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais, who writes, “Xi’an Famous Foods is one of the
most delicious, craveable, and hottest restaurant concepts I’ve encountered in my life.
There are days I’ve had three meals in their restaurants.”

At One Manhattan Square, your local haunts are the destination restaurants of the
hungry and hip the world over—one of the many reasons life at One Manhattan Square
takes you beyond living well and into the heart and soul of the gastronomic city. Contact
our team today to learn about all the places a new home at One Manhattan Square can
take you.