By Ava Stryker-Robbins
Nearly all New Yorkers love Chinese food. According to New York City Department of Health records, Chinese restaurants are the third most common type of restaurant on the Upper West Side behind only American and Italian. While this could make it hard to stand out, Red Farm has brought an innovative take on Chinese cuisine that has kept it popular on the Upper West Side since 2013.
While egg rolls are common appetizers served in American-Chinese restaurants, Red Farm’s pastrami egg roll creatively integrates another quintessential New York City food in order to craft a beautifully crispy delight.
Surrounded by a crisp, fried-flour wrapper lies a tasty combination of pastrami, cabbage, and asparagus. While the pastrami seems like it has come straight out of a Jewish deli, Red Farm’s egg roll adds hints of red chili, making it more flavorful and delicious. To top it off, the pastrami egg rolls are served with a sweet mustard sauce.
Red Farm opened a location in the West Village in 2011 but has since spread to the Upper West Side and other locations throughout the United States. According to its website, Red Farm “brings a greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food.”
A pastrami egg roll costs $15.
The Dish: Redfarm Pastrami Egg Roll
The Restaurant: Red Farm (2170 Broadway at 77th Street)
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