We're coming at you a full week early on this one, and for good reason.
Chinese food is about to become more than just a quick hit of MSG (newsflash: it's not bad for you!).
With the opening of Blackbrick the first week of November, Chinese just got upgraded to date night.
In Midtown's old ACME Bakery, Blackbrick is elevating expectations from pork fried rice out of cardboard boxes to hand-made noodles, Chinese charcuterie, and a whole lotta fancy dim sum from Chef Richard Hales of Sakaya Kitchen and the Dim Ssäm à gogo food truck.
The walls across the street from his signature venue have been tagged with graffiti, setting the mood for low-key, casual but elegant cuisine with a real waitstaff to serve you.
While the full menu hasn't been revealed yet, we've got it on good authority to expect soy milk pancakes with smoked pork, cornmeal congee with wok-fried marrow bones, and a massive whole lamb.
You've got one week to prepare for the impending food coma.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Garage; street
Best bets: The General's Florida gator with Bee Heaven Farm patty pan squash; skin-on cold chicken thighs with spring onions; The Chairman's red-cooked heritage pork belly with soy caramel and hand-torn cabbage
Hot seat: The five-seat bar that faces into the kitchen
Nearby: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill; Mercadito Midtown; Salumeria 104