More than a handful of times, we've heard our friends say that dim sum is their go-to hangover food. And we get (from experience) the remedial properties of fried shrimp balls, spongy beef tripe, pork buns, and chive dumplings, especially when they're served with a dipping pot of soy sauce and a bottomless cup of jasmine tea. Like most dim sum restaurants, the interior of Chinatown's Oriental Garden is simple, almost cafeteria-like, with some Chinese flair (golden kanji wall accents), but it's not meant to win you over with its looks. This restaurant does that with its small but abundant plates of fatty treats.
Oriental Garden, 14 Elizabeth Street (between Canal and Bayard streets); 212-619-0085.
Photo: Via Oriental Garden