Not only do sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng, co-founders of beloved dumpling spot Mimi Cheng’s, work together, but they also (sort of incredibly) live together. And when they’re not doling out organic Taiwanese-Chinese dumplings at Mimi Cheng’s East Village and Nolita outposts, they’re having friends over to their West Village apartment for fried Brussels-sprout salad and cocktails. Here’s what they can’t throw a dinner party without.
“We love this Breville smart oven. It’s the perfect size when you want to heat up a slice of pizza without having to wait for your oven to get to 350, which takes forever in our apartment. It also air-fries food! We make everything from sweet-potato fries to crispy Brussels sprouts for a salad to fried bananas for an ice-cream sundae in this thing.”
“Every host needs a cookbook they can always refer back to for tried-and-true recipes. We like that most of the recipes do not require 20 esoteric ingredients. The vegetable, salad, and pasta dishes tend to be quick to make but full of rich and complex flavors.”
“Aldo Sohm, a master sommelier, told us that good wine glasses are like good speakers for music. He demonstrated why and we’ve been converts ever since. Zalto glasses are handmade, which means the glass is more finely tuned to showcase the wine as opposed to a machine-made glass. Also, machine-made glasses have a lip at the edge, which causes the wine to hit your tongue further back. You can only taste certain things in certain parts of your tongue so you miss out on some of the wine’s notes with the lip. We didn’t believe him at first and he had us try the same wine out of the two different glasses.”
“All of Haus Interiors’ candles are great, but especially the tobacco one. It’s earthy and sexy. If we like you, you will have probably received one of these candles at some point.”
Get the best of The Strategist delivered to your inbox.
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best dining room decor items, coffee makers, knife sets, Japanese coffee brewer, charcoal water filter, and drinking glasses for water and more. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.
Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.