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I have a PF Changs craving. Anything in Manhattan with good lettuce wraps?

80Just Nov 5, 2006 10:31 PM

I admit that PF Changs isn't exactly great "Chinese" food, but every now and then some of us get the craving for their lettuce wraps and good clean, american-style chinese. Is there anywhere in Manhattan with similar food, without taking the ferry to West New York?

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    mimolette Nov 5, 2006 10:40 PM

    I believe Wu Liang Ye has something like that. I had it years ago there. It had chicken, pine nuts, corn, maybe celery.

    1. jenniebnyc Nov 5, 2006 11:27 PM

      Our Place Shanghai Tea Garden and California Pizza Kitchen serve them as well

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        haleyjen Nov 6, 2006 02:23 PM

        Chin Chin, and I think maybe Tse Yang. It's called Chicken Soong.

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          InfoMofo Nov 6, 2006 02:44 PM

          Asia de Cuba used to do good Lettuce wraps. Haven't been there in years though, so no clue.

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            Peter Cherches Nov 6, 2006 09:14 PM

            I haven't tried it at Wu Liang Ye, but it's on the menu. The minced squab lettuce wrap at Ping's is excellent. I need to find a place that makes a good minced pork & clam version. I think Tai Hong Lau at 70 Mott used to do it, but they've gone way downhill in recent years.


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              mikka Nov 6, 2006 09:23 PM

              I've recently had the lettuce wraps at Wu Liang Ye. While they're definitely different from the PF Changs Lettuce wraps, they're still really good and the sauce that comes with it was perect for the filling, imo.

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                BackyardChef Nov 8, 2006 05:53 PM

                I'll second the wraps at WLY. Nice texture, flavor and sauce. I could go for some right now....

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              kiworan79 Nov 6, 2006 10:05 PM

              chin chin ... definitely. chicken or shrimp soong. yummy!

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                CEB280 Nov 6, 2006 10:17 PM

                Believe it or not, the lettuce wraps at California Pizza Kitchen are pretty damn good. It's on 60th and 3rd Ave I believe.

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                  Bernke Nov 8, 2006 01:43 AM

                  definitely Shun Lee Palace on East 54th street (I believe). the have the BEST chicken sung which is wrapped in lettuce leaves

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                    MikeG Nov 8, 2006 03:28 PM

                    I'm speculating about what these PJ Chang's things are, but somehow I suspect the traditional squab/chicken thing is NOT a substitute therefor. You scoop/wrap up the food in lettuce, but there's really nothing "wrap like" about it.

                    You might try a Vietnamese restaurant, which have a "category" of grilled dishes (pork, beef, chicken, etc.) that you wrap up in lettuce and/or rice paper, with herbs, pickled vegs, etc.

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                      jakew8 Nov 8, 2006 03:44 PM

                      MikeG, I'm pretty sure the lettuce wraps the OP wants are the sort where you scoop filling into lettuce leaves. Chains like PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory have dishes like that.

                      That being said, I just had some like that last night from Lilly's on W. 57th St. Not great, but not bad either.

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                      MikeG Nov 8, 2006 04:21 PM

                      Ah, OK. I'd never even heard of PJ Chang's until I saw it mentioned on Chowhound.

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                        pixee22 Nov 8, 2006 06:05 PM

                        Ruby Foo's has lettuce wraps. Just had them at the UWS location on Saturday. They are pretty good, but they only give you 3 lettuce leaves so you actually end up eating with a fork as they filling is enough for at least 4 wraps.

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                          Odelay101 Nov 9, 2006 12:58 AM

                          I'm not sure if they have lettuce wraps, but I think Ollie's is tough to beat when it comes to Americanized chinese food. Clean, not too greasy, and very tasty. I'm a chinatown fanatic, but I still love eating at Ollie's.

                          There are a couple around the city...

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