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Exploring Chinatown...

Looking to try a new ("new" to us) place in Chinatown each week. In the past few weeks, we've done Skyway, Nyonya and Shanghai Cafe. Would love some other good places to try out on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

How is Moon House? What is good there besides the tiny fried buns?

Any other recommendations? (Please include an address!)

P.S. Not really looking for dim sum, as we feel that the best is in Flushing... unless there's a place we have missed?!

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  1. Check out Fuleen Seafood - I think the quality of the menu (specifically the seafood) is great 11 Division St New York, 10002 212-941-6888

    Another is Shanghai Cuisine - (212) 732--8988 - 89-91 Bayard St (b/w Mulberry & Mott) - they have amazing soup dumplings

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    1. re: smr18

      They have a delicious rack of lamb dish too.

    2. Amazing 66, at 66 Mott is great. Anything Shanghai at Moon House is good. I got them to make a whole yellowish in brown sauce (red-cooked), the way they do the fish tail, and it was wonderful.

      You can walk in almost anywhere and it will be wonderful. I did that tonght. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451455

      This post might help you, though you are hardly a "beginner"

      1. How about Roasted Delights for a place with a slightly different feel?


        1. Thanks for the recommendations.

          Are there any good Vietnamese or Thai places in/around Chinatown?

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          1. re: KittyK

            Nha Trang does some extremely tasty things with pork; both locations

            Extremely cheap as well

            1. re: KittyK

              I llke Nha Trang Baxter but would like opinions of those more knowledgeable: Is this the best Vietnamese in Chinatown? I am always looking for something new...anything out there with great non-pho dishes?

                1. re: Lau

                  Cong Ly is great, and so is Nam Son, 245 Grand St. 212-966-6507

            2. Super Taste on Eldrige (right below canal - its east of bowery)...great spicy beef noodle soup, good fish balls and decent dumplings

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              1. re: Lau

                i second super taste! if you do go to super taste definitely try the spicy beef handpulled noodles AND you must also try their steamed dumplings(some of the best i've ever had). also up a couple of blocks is dumpling house where you can get amazing dumplings for super cheap.

              2. Went to Moon House last night at 7:30 with three friends. All tables but the back communal table were full. Ordered tiny fried buns, vegetable dumplings, scallion pancake, pan fried noodles with chicken, tofu with crabmeat, moon house special chicken, and eggplant with garlic sauce. Waiter brought the panfried noodles a good 5 minutes before the rest of the food, which was a bit annoying—would have rather had appetizers first. Panfried noodles were bland and looked like they included canned mushrooms. Not much chicken. The tiny buns were HUGE, which surprised us, but tasty until they cooled off. Vegetable dumplings were a bit chewy, with rice noodle filling and not too much flavor. Scallion pancake may have been the best I have ever had. Very fresh, oniony tasting, greasy and delicious dough. Moon House special chicken was a sweet fried chicken, pretty flavorful but not anything worth going to chinatown for. Tofu with crabmeat was difficult to eat with chopsticks, but the tofu was delicious fresh silken tofu. Sauce wasn't very flavorful and there were only a few tiny threads of crabmeat, hardly justifying the pricetag. The winner by far was the eggplant in garlic sauce. Bright purple slices, not overly greasy, really flavorful garlicy and gingery sauce. I love the version at Grand Sichuan, but I think this was better. Not a meat-based sauce, and not too sweet. Definitely a winner. Overall bill was $43 excluding tip. I would go back here, but wonder if somewhere else is better? Great prices and I'm sure you could find the winning dishes to order along with that delicious eggplant.

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                1. re: maggiej

                  Try Yeah Shanghai a few doors east of Moon House and compare. Overall, I like it better, and it's certainly also a more comfortable place to eat, given that it lacks harsh fluorescent lighting and has some nice decor in the back. That said, neither place is as good as nothing hole-in-the-walls in Shanghai.

                  1. re: Pan

                    I think Yeah Shanghai is quite a bit better than Moonhouse. Though I do love using the old shared tenament bathroom at Moonhouse. The first time I opened that door (expecting a normal bathroom hall) I literally said "What the hell?"

                    1. re: JFores

                      What should we order at Yeah Shanghai?

                      1. re: maggiej

                        There are some recommendations in the following thread:


                        Also, look at this thread, which includes a list of dishes I recommend (scroll down for that):


                2. If you're up for some research, you might play around with the site's Places database. Most listings include general cuisine descriptions, and some have links to threads that mention them ... http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

                  If 200-plus choices is daunting, narrow the search (say, to Cantonese) ... http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

                  1. The Dim Sum at Grand Harmony at 98 Mott Street (north of Canal) is excellent. They serve it every day of the week. Ping's Seafood at 22 Mott Street serves up Dim Sum with some Fujian style dishes. Other favorites include Goodies (1 East Broadway) and Yogee Noodle (85 Chrystie Street) and I think the best home made hand-pulled noodles are at Mr. and Mrs. Gao's Eastern Hand Pulled Noodles at 28 Forsyth Street.

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                    1. re: scoopG

                      how is yogee? ive always meant to try it, whats good there?

                      1. re: Lau

                        At Yogee Noodle I like their Noodle Soups i.e. Beef Stew with Noodle or Beef and XO Sauce with Noodle or Fish Balls with Noodles.

                        1. re: scoopG

                          hey is their beef stew the type where the meat is really tender?...i love that, i've been dying to find that in manhattan

                          1. re: Lau

                            you can find a pretty good verson of beef stew at new green bo...

                            1. re: Lau

                              At Yogee Noodles, the beef I've had in their Stewed Beef with Noodle Soup is a few large cubes of stewing beef. They also throw in some cubed rutabagas (or possibly turnips.) And yes the beef is tender. Many of the other Chinese Noodle Soup houses in Chinatown use sliced chuck meat.