Gai is a tiny counter-service spot in Midtown East that only a few things on the menu (all of which involve chicken). The signature item here is Hainese-style steamed chicken, but you can also get your chicken fried - and all the dishes come with some rice, vegetables, and a tiny bowl of mildly spicy (and incredibly good) radish soup. This is a great spot for a quick takeout lunch, and you can order directly from an iPad if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
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