Quintessential "New York Chinese"
I live in L.A., where we have access to a vast amount of authentic regional Chinese cuisine. But many NY'ers who move here bemoan the lack of Chinese food "like you can find everywhere in New York."
Honestly, I'm sure this is a simplification, and I'm not entirely sure what it means, but I assume you guys do! I'll be in NYC soon and would love to try whatever you think is the quintessential New York Chinese restaurant. Manhattan preferred! Thanks.
Being the food mayor of the upper eastside i can tell you without hesitation that Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven is where you should dine. For starters, her ribs are the best in the world!!!!!!!! You can also order chef to cook u something special! Nancy the owner usually always around-very nice and friendly.
Wu Liang Ye is excellent, but I think it's the kind of "authentic regional" Chinese that's easy to find in LA.
Sounds like the OP is looking more for an old school "Cantonese" restaurant with big eggrolls, spare ribs, shrimp with lobster sauce, wor shu opp, egg fu yung, etc. For good representatives of that kind of food, I'd go either to Golden Gate in the Bronx or King Yum in Queens. Are there any places like that left in Manhattan?
17 Wohop (downstairs) does the best Beef Chow Fun. Stick with the old school basics. The waiters there are old school.