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Chinese Food for LA Visitor

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Just got in from the West Coast and hit Manhattan with reservations and lists of "Must Go" restaurants for the next week. All of a sudden my wife wakes up and says, "I feel like really good Chinese food". Went on Zagat and the selection was meager and comments on the better restaurants were not good. So when in doubt I turn to my Chowhound brothers and sisters for the "Right Stuff'. I leave it up to you - Really Good Chinese Food in New York?

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    1. New Wonton Garden, 56 Mott Street, 212-966-4886
      small place where locals go.

      1. fung lung bakery on mott street has the bet char siu buns--just as good as sam woos in la--how i miss their places...................i do not remember the name of the place, but at the next block south from fung lung, on the corner on the right hand side is a simple place with great dim sum/yam cha--i'll meet you there!!!

        1. I think this post will help, it has lots of recommendations in it.


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          1. re: Brian S

            Thanks - Wow - a wealth of info-------Your the best!

          2. Well, for an outstanding snack, try Prosperity Dumpling at 46 Eldridge St. This is the best of Manhattan five-for-a-dollar dumpling joints, IMO, and also has amazing sesame pancake bread and brilliant hot-and-sour soup.

            But for "real" restaurants, your best options are in Flushing, Queens. That's the real NYC Chinatown. It's worth the journey. Here are some useful threads, some of them featuring L.A. visitors or transplants desperately hunting for anything as good as you can get in the San Gabriel Valley.


            And here's something unusual -- Korean fried chicken:

            Also, while you're here, be sure to visit Sripraphai in Woodside, Queens (although some would argue that greater L.A. has equally good Thai places). Note that it's closed on Wednesdays, though.

            1. In Manhattan, try Super Taste on Eldridge and Canal (just south)...they have the lanzhou hand pulled noodles (run by fujian people), they're very good and a bit different than most of the types of chinese food in LA (I'm from LA although there are some places serving similar stuff)...just remember is a hole in the wall restaurant in case you're looking for something niceer

              Get the spicy beef noodle and an order of fish balls, dumplings are reasonable too (though I'd hold out walk north on eldridge and go to either Prosperity or Dumpling House for better dumplings)

              The food in SGV is light years better than the food in Manhattan chinatown although Flushing has excellent chinese food (I'd say SGV is still better, but I've grown to like Flushing alot)...Flushing maybe worth the trek if you take the LIRR (only takes 15 mins)

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              1. re: Lau

                I prefer the "hand-pull noodle w. Pork Bone in Soup" to the spicy beef, though both are excellent.


                I disagree about Manhattan Chinatown, but de gustibus non disputandum.

                1. re: Lau

                  Everything Lau says is true. If you go to Manhattan Chinatown and avoid the tourist food, you'll get food better than LA Chinatown, but nothing compared to the San Gabriel Valley. In New York Chinatown, I prefer the restaurants in the Fujianese section of Chinatown, the portion east of Bowery. There's a bunch of seafood restaurants on Division Street that are quite good. Also all of the 5/$1 dumpling places are something completely different from the L.A. area. The core Manhattan Chinatown does have decent Shanghainese food (e.g., New Green Bo, Yeah Shanghai, Joe's) where we have to go out to San Gabriel and points east to find. And Cantoon Garden (22 Elizabeth), East Ocean (53 Bayard) and Chanoodle (79 Mulberry) do have satisfying Cantonese fare.

                  1. re: Lau

                    We go to SGV at least 2 per month (and from Encino it's worth it). Thanks!

                  2. Try soupy dumplings from Goody's - 1 East Bway.

                    1. Er, having grown up in LA and then lived in NYC for 10 years (now back in LA again), I really don't think there's anything to compare in Manhattan to what you'll find in the SGV.

                      That being said, the places I found were better options in Manhattan were Big Wong and Dim Sum a Go Go (both in Chinatown), Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown for XLB in a pinch, and Our Place on the Upper East Side.

                      1. If time and cost are a factor, try Fu's Palace on Pico just east of Robertson. The spicy chicken with peanuts comes with fried or steamed rice, a spring roll and choice of soup for $4.95 during lunch. Great tasting and traditional-style setting.

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                        1. re: mephisto

                          Does the New York subway stop near there?

                          1. re: Brian S

                            Doesn't matter. It's tourist food anyway.

                          2. Please consider skipping New York Chinese unless you're willing to travel out to Queens. Manhattan's chinese offerings unfortunately pale in comparison to what's available in LA (even West LA, imo). The only thing I might recommend to an Angelino is soup dumplings at places like Joe's or New Green Bo. If you're dead set, you might also take a look at some of Brian S's posts. We disagree about the relative quality of Chinese in LA and NYC, but he's definitely managed to find some gems over the years.

                            PS: You might also get a kick out of the fried dumpling places people have mentioned. My favorite is Dumpling House on Eldridge at Broome.

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                            1. re: a_and_w

                              The bottom dropped out of the Westside Chinese market, sad to say. J.R., Royal Star and Unicorn Inn are all gone, VIP Harbor way downhill. It's depressing.

                            2. As some others have stated already, I think you'd be best advised either to avoid Chinese food in New York or to go to Flushing, and since Flushing is in Queens, you should read through posts on the Outer Boroughs board and post for some recommendations. You'd be less likely to be disappointed if you focus on cuisines New York does better than LA, which probably wouldn't be anything East or Southeast Asian, nor obviously Mexican food.

                              1. If you want Chinese food, perhaps in picturesque Chinatown environs, why not Amazing 66? Been many posts on this restaurant, and I've had some great meals there; cantonese cuisine, and actually a classy-lookin' restaurant as well. not exactly chowish like the eldridge street joints, but a great place to have a meal.

                                1. To all those who said you can do better in the San Gabriel Valley, please please tell me where, replying to this post on the LA board: