Upper West Side (or at least non Chinatown) Chinese
We live on the Upper West Side and are frustrated by the lack of good Chinese food in Manhattan compared with the West Coast (or I suppose Flushing), especially outside of Chinatown.
To give you a sense of what we're looking for, here are the places we like in Chinatown:
Excellent Pork Chop House
Great NY Noodle Town
Joe's Shanghai (the detractors are wrong on this one if you know what to order)
Outside of Chinatown, and applying a lower standard, I think the following are decent:
If you have any other suggestions (preferably on the UWS but really anywhere uptown/midtown) I would love to hear them. I am particularly interested in places that really scratch that very basic noodle itch.
i was gonna recommend ivy's cafe but i see it listed in your OP. have you tasted their peanut sauce? it is the best in the city. china fun has really great dumplings (probably one of the best i've tasted even throughout chinatown). i also like their stone forest chow fun and their singapore curry cow mei fun. i usually buy the peanut sauce from ivy's and pour it over the mei fun from china fun. it is soooo good. i don't like the noodles in ivy's as much. i agree it's a struggle to find god chinese up here. i've tried nearly everything on the UWS, south of 116th.
The dan-dan noodles at Wu Liang Ye are pretty good. While you are there, try the firewater the restaurant is named after...I swear it tastes like pineapples!
I always liked the roast pork noodle soups at the China Fun on the East Side and Ollies on B'way will do in a pinch. There is a midtown branch of Joe's, but cannot vouch for quality. Also on the UES, Cafe Evergreen is excellent, if pricey, for dim sum.
What about 88 Noodle House at 88th & Columbus for take-out? They have a big variety of noodles on their menu. I haven't tried many of their noodle dishes, strange as it may seem, but lately I've been getting jumbo shrimp there. Their shrimp have been firm and fresh-tasting, not mushy and poorly-cleaned like so many of the other places around here. It might be fun to order a whole bunch of different noodles and see which of them you like. For noodle soup, I've always liked China Fun best because I like their broth. I also like the "special soups" at Silk Road, like chicken with mustard greens, because they're very light and simple.