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Sit down in Chinatown?

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My Chinatown staples are generally things I grab while walking around, so I'm looking for some recs for good places in Chinatown where we can sit & order dinner. Suggestions?

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  1. Try Congee Village right below delancey on allen street, and NY Noodle town on Bowery.

    1. How many people and what kind of Chinese food / price range are you looking for?

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Just a few people-3 to 5 at most. Price range doesn't matter too much. If there are some out of this world pricey places, I might like to give them a try, but I do think we'd be sticking with middle of the road prices. If I'm going cheap, I'd be just as happy with 5 for $1 dumplings, as I would be sitting in a restaurant, you know?

        1. re: MMJ

          Hi MMJ,

          I will suggest that following:

          For mid-range Cantonese, go to Chatham Square 6 (not Chatham Square 9 which is a hole in the wall). It is a large restaurant and both food and service are nice. Another choice is Amazing 66 on Mott St., but the restaurant is small and you may need a reservation.

          For pricier option, Oriental Garden (Cantonese) has a lot of seafood, fresh from the water tank. While food is great, the service can be spotty and they often rush people. Since it is seafood it is more expensive.

          For cheap, sit down place, NY Noodletown is the choice. The place is crowded all the time, and service is ok. The food is great especially at such cheap price, and just like Melanie said, the crispy soft shell crabs is excellent! More of a noodle, Chinese BBQ place than a "formal" restaurant. Expect a wait.

          There is also the famous Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street for soup dumplings which is pretty much what dinner there is about. Other dishes (Shanghainese cuisine) are not that memorable. Go early or there will be a wait as well.

          Someone suggested Congee Village which is good for Cantonese casual fare, but it is a bit out of the way of Chinatown, and service is IMO poor.

          1. re: kobetobiko

            I love Joe's Shanghai - and its a communal atmosphere, you're usually sharing a table with one or two other parties of people. I also really enjoy House of Vegetarian on Mott Street. It's a chinese restaurant that features fake meat.

      2. I've heard great things about NY Noodletown. Supposedly their soft shell crab is to die for

        1. Another good seafood choice would be East Ocean, 53 Bayard, which is slightly more upscale than the average Chinatown restaurant.

          1. New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe- I would highly recommend this place for a group outing. nice ambience, lots of good menu selection. great soup dumplings. (Bayard and Mott)

            For wackier eating, there is XO on Hester, just east of Bowery...huge menu, rice noodle crepe, stews, even Malaysian food.


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            1. re: mnguyen

              Just a small correction: XO is on 148 Hester St., WEST of Bowery.

              Here's their menupages.com menu:


              1. re: mnguyen

                I second mnguyen's recommendations, New Yeah has great dumplings and XO isn't bad either!

              2. We second New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe. Great food, good service.

                1. For a quick meal/lunch, you can't beat Wing Wong or Big Wong on Mott Street. A lot of people suggest NY Noodletown, but NO WAY can Noodletown beat Wing Wong or Big Wong on BBQ Roast Pork or Duck w/rice or noodle. They are the best in Chinatown. Whenever I'm down in Chinatown, I always try to make a quick run for its roast pork over rice.

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                  1. re: Nutzer

                    I think Noodletown still beats your suggestions for the roast baby suckling pig. Crunchy and crisp on the outside, tender moist meat inside. Yum!

                    1. re: kayonyc

                      Could be, never tried it there, maybe next time. I normally go to NoodleTown around 3am after out drinking.

                  2. I love congee village! They have pictures on their menu in case your unfamiliar with chinese food. My advice: Pick several entrees, order rice, place entrees in center and SHARE. It freaks me out when I see someone eating their own fish/steak/noodle.

                    In terms of noodle shops, I prefer Hsin Wong (Bayard btwn mott and eliz.) over ny noodletown, big wang, big wong and any other wongs I've left out. But, I also think noodle shops are best saved for breakfast and lunch time. Thats just me.

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                    1. re: csw

                      Just wanted to put in another plug for Hsin Wong -- I would highly recommend it for noodles and congee over Noodletown and Big Wong (ownership at Big Wong changed several years ago, and some of the employees, and possibly former owners, spun off to Hsin Wong). Since then, the food at Big Wong has declined somewhat. Overall, Hsing Wong's congee is better than both Noodletown and Big Wong. Roast pork and other staples are also excellent. I always get their pork/thousand year egg congee, or the "three treasure rice" with roast pork, duck, egg, etc. (sam bo fan).

                      For a nicer sit-down dinner though, Ping's is usually very good. They have a great shrimp dish with broccoli, walnuts, and some fried dough filled with something I can't remember that is delicious. I can't seem to remember the name for the dish in either Chinese or English, but it should still be on the menu.