Definitive Chinatown- 1 meal
I am headed to NYC with my father who, though he has visited the city numerous times, has never ventured into Chinatown. I have eaten at a few of the more popular places, most recently Excellent Dumpling House which I found enjoyable but otherwise aerage. For one mid-priced meal that just feels like Chinatown, what would some of the locals suggest? Also, I have searched old posts and have taken these into account, but was just wondering if there were any new noteworthy experiences.
I suggest Big Wong on Mott Street for the true Chinatown experience. It serves Cantonese food and Cantonese people were the ones that established Chinatowns across America. Nowadays there is such a wonderful, diverse variety of regional chinese/asian fare that the original tends to get lost in the shuffle.
There is nothing fancy about Big Wong but I personally think it translates the "feel" of Chinatown best. You get the slightly noisy atmosphere, nononsense waiters, Chinese families with grandparents & kids, turnover is fast and efficient and most importantly very good & tasty food!
Their BBQ meats are top-rated (try the spare ribs & roast duck), wonton noodle soups, and you can't get more Cantonese than beef chow fun & congee (but this might be too exotic for your Dad if he's never ventured to Chinatown before).
Hope this helps.