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a good chinese place in Chinatown?

Hi looking for a nice not too noisy chinese place with deliciuos food for a friday night. where flying in from Sweden and would like an autenthic place. we would like to spend around 45USD/person. We ́ll be staying at the Holiday inn at Lafayette Street.

Thanx for your help
Jacob from Stockholm

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  1. Oriental garden on elizabeth street.

    1. Jacob, if you have the time, check out these two previous threads:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      They are fairly comprehensive, thorough, entertaining and descriptive about what you can get and where. You won't have a problem in terms of your price range. For what it is worth, my favorites are Congee Village on Allen, New Green Bo on Bayard, XO Kitchen on Hester and, for cheap buns, strong coffee and great atmosphere, the Mei Lei Wah Coffee Shop on Bayard.

      Welcome to NYC. Have fun.

      1. I like the Oriental Garden rec. This is place is a little cleaner and more upscale than the other places suggested (although good recs as well)

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        1. re: jenniebnyc

          i went to Oriental Garden once and found it vastly overrated and overpriced...not truly terrible, but i doubt i'll ever return...

          in that price range, i'd recommend Ping's if you want seafood...or Cantonese loud&fun&festive&oily at Congee Village...or go divier at NY Noodletown, followed by drinks elsewhere...really depends on what you want to eat and on what atmosphere (or lack thereof) you want for your meal...

          1. re: Simon

            I understand Jacob is looking for a quieter more refined place...nothing noisy and greasy for his 75 years old mother.
            I like oriental garden. The food is fresh, made well, and lighter to the palate. Its not overly loaded with junk and grease. You wont feel so heavy afterwards. They also have the live seafood tanks where you can select your own swimming fish/lobster/crabs/shrimp.

        2. everyone's entitled to their opinion

          i went to NY Noodletown last Sunday and talk about overrated....this place had more cornstarch and MSG in their dishes than i have consumed in all my years eating in chinatown combined

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          1. re: jenniebnyc

            I didn't understand why you wanted to go to Noodletown for dinner. I consider it more of a place to get over my hangover or for a quick lunch or a quick dinner if I dine alone. I reccommend Danny Ng on Pell Street and go for the stuff on the chinese specials menu. I recoomend this for you and not this post. Its noisy. If you want quiet I suggest going uptown to Shun Lee Palace.

          2. Hey you people ara great! thanx for all you replys i ́ll get back to you later and with info on where we ended up
            cheers Jacob