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phillyjules Oct 3, 2007 08:35 AM

Friday night, I want to eat at either Singapore or Charles Plaza. I've never been to both, is one better than the other? Also, can you recommend a place to get a drink before dinner? I would normally go to Vintage but I want to stay in the Chinatown area.


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    hhshames Oct 7, 2007 08:11 PM

    Never been to either, but on your next trip to Chinatown try Sang Kee Peking Duck House. It has always been one of my favorites. Try the house noodle soup, and a peking duck roll for sure. Those are NOT to be missed.

    As far as a drink, they serve them at this place.

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      Bride of the Juggler Oct 8, 2007 07:34 AM

      I've been to both. It's important to note that Singapore is all vegetarian and Charles Plaza has both vegetarian and chicken/fish. Of the all-vegetarian Chinese restaurants, I like New Harmony much better than Singapore. Charles Plaza is great for a group, particularly with picky eaters, because they will make anything you want (like with or without certain vegetables, sauces, etc). Thank you.

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        rabidog Oct 8, 2007 04:06 PM

        it is so hard for me to tell some of these places apart.

        i think it was singapore where i had a sizzling tofu that was good.

        new harmony i can specifically remember because of its spray-painted sign and weird fake flower decor... had a general tso's tofu there (specially requested, because i don't do mock meats) which was very good!

        have not been to charles plaza.

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        philchow Oct 8, 2007 03:34 PM

        i second sang kee. they are the most authentic and delicious chinese in china town as evidence by its majority asian clientele....shrimp dumpling noodle soup, peking duck roll, shrimp in xo, and honey roasted pork are must haves

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        1. re: philchow
          rabidog Oct 8, 2007 04:07 PM

          using the same logic, would applebees be recommended for american? :) just sayin.

          1. re: rabidog
            hhshames Oct 14, 2007 09:48 AM

            Would you recommend Applebees for someone looking for good food? I think that authenticity is the real the point, as proven by the non-Americanized dishes and those enjoying them.

            1. re: hhshames
              bumble Oct 15, 2007 06:13 AM

              I actually find Sang Kee not to be very authentic. Granted, they serve dishes that tend to be more Chinese then what you would get at your neighborhood Chinese restaurant. But it's still an americanized Chinese restaurant. It's filled with 2nd, 3rd generation Chinese and other asian ethnicities. The shaved noodles place (don't know the name, but the sign in the window says shaved noodles) on Race, now, that's authentic, old world Chinese food.

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                Dib Oct 15, 2007 08:48 AM

                I agree about Sang Kee but I'm ambivalent about using clientele to extrapolate authenticity. It can be helpful to observe a restaurant's intended audience; however, lots of ABCs (myself included) go to the shaved noodles place.

          2. re: philchow
            saturninus Oct 15, 2007 06:26 AM

            I am confused by your logic - everytime I drive by Sang Kee is filled with primarily white people.

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              Dib Oct 15, 2007 08:50 AM

              I believe philchow was talking about the Sang Kee in Chinatown, not Wynnewood.

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                saturninus Oct 15, 2007 10:37 AM

                So am I

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            daisygirl Oct 15, 2007 05:53 PM

            I'm a huge fan of Charles Plaza. We let Charles order for us and he never disapoints. I love the House WonTon and have always enjoyed the whole fish (whatever he has that day). Last time I recommended Charles Plaza I was practically laughed off the board.

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              Bashful3 Oct 15, 2007 05:59 PM

              Charles Plaza has something else going for it that few mention. Lovely china, tablecothes and general ambience.

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