RedFarm: A “Farm Style” Chinese Restaurant
By Taylor Smith
With locations on the Upper West Side and in the West Village in New York City, RedFarm is a collaboration between Joe Ng and restauranteur Ed Schoenfeld. Chinese by birth, Ng was raised by a Jewish family in Brooklyn. As an adult, he was drawn to Chinese food flavors and developed the idea of bringing “Chinese cuisine with a greenmarket sensibility” to the New York population.
Ng and Schoenfeld agreed that the food had to appeal to a Western palate with recognizable, impeccably-sourced ingredients. The Upper West Side location is decorated with rustic, long wooden tables, potted plants, and red-checkered napkins. The effect is a kitschier version of a rustic Americana-style farmhouse. The atmosphere is very lively and the whole effect is rather communal. RedFarm’s more recent West Village outpost is the go-to place for delectable Peking Duck. Reservations are not accepted (for larger parties, call in advance to see whether they can make appropriate accommodations).
Diners return to RedFarm over and over again for the fried deliciousness that is Spicy Crispy Beef. The dumpling menu alone is extensive — Crispy Oxtail Dumplings, Beef and Shrimp Dumplings, “Pac Man” Shrimp Dumplings, Pan-Fried Pork Buns, and Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings, just to name a few.
The noodle dishes, such as Udon Noodles with Grilled Short Ribs, BBQ’d Beef Fried Rice, and Nueske’s Bacon and Egg Fried Rice, are also house specialties.
Lastly, be sure to inquire about the daily specials (and watch out for the deceiving heat in dishes like Sautéed Chicken and Eggplant). For more information, visit www.redfarmnyc.com.
RedFarm – West Village
529 Hudson Street
New York, NY
RedFarm – Upper West Side
New York, NY