129 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Sun-Thurs Noon-4pm and 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-4pm and 5pm-2am
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Lorimer Street, J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Menu: Click Here
It’s not the Chinese food you’re used to. M’s menu is packed with low-priced, big-flavored variations on traditional stir-fry over rice dishes and inspired creations like “Freddy Mercury’s Meatballs”. All ingredients are always fresh and the meals are never greasy. This restaurant is one of the better choices for vegetarians in the ‘hood as well. However, I got stuck with a ten-dollar martini there once, so beware the drink prices.
Rich brown banquet tables, decorative cream and crimson accents and a mood-conscious soundtrack immediately distinguish M from any number of carbon-copy Chinese restaurants in the city. Gracious owner May Liu elegantly integrates the space’s clean, earthy aesthetics with a Williamsburg sensibility, offering the bonus of a hopping downstairs lounge. The vibrant Chinese menu reawakens the palate to the flavorful possibilities of the cuisine. Steamed pork buns, spicy wontons and beef marinate each make sumptuous starters, while black mushrooms and the crave-worthy shredded potato with fresh chili pepper invite sharing. House specials such as shredded pork with bean curd and salmon with a silken tofu satisfy deliciously. The kitchen would do well to offer more desserts—the one option of Eight Treasure Sticky Rice connotes a Chinese fruit cake—but the drinks downstairs encourage one to linger.