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Jan 23, 2008 07:22 PM

Need North Chinatown Eats

Would love recommendations for great places in close proximity to Grand and Elizabeth Streets...

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  1. Try OK 218 at 218-220 Grand or Sundou Dumpling Restaurant at 214-216 Grand. I've had some cheap ($4.95) lunch specials at OK 218 like Shrimp with Scrambled Eggs which are passable. Sundou has under-rated and cheap XLB or Shanghai style soup dumplings. Not as good as Shanghai Cafe but cheaper at $5.95 (for pork and crab) or $ 4.25 (for pork.) And you are really not that far from New Chao Chao at 111 Mott.

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    1. re: scoopG

      Didn't Sun Dou close several months ago?

      1. re: KTinNYC

        Sun Dou underwent some renovations, but is now open -- I have only eaten there once and liked whatever dumplings we ordered (it was a quick lunch). Since then I have been buying their frozen dumplings (in particular pork and watercress boil ones that end up looking like little floaty brains when cooked -- sooo delicious!)

        1. re: olia

          Wow, good to know. Sun Dou was my go to spot for frozen dumplings and I was sure they closed and then I thought I saw a new sign for the place that replaced Sun Dou.

    2. Fu Wong, close to Bowery and Grand. I like the:

      roast pork over wontons
      duck over wontons
      salted fish and chicken fried rice

      1. There's also 213 Grand

        Fuzhou Restaurant

        and, towards Chrystie, Lok Sing, Windsor Garden and Yogee Noodles (I haven't tried the last two) And don't forget Nyonya!

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        1. re: Brian S

          Yogee is bleh. I got takeout once.

          I had the salted fish and chicken fried rice. Not enough "wok air" and the chunks of fish were too big. Random spoonfuls where you bite into a large piece of fish and all you have is a super salty taste in your mouth. Some people like this but I prefer versions where the salty flavor of the fish envelopes all of the rice evenly, without being overpowering, so you don't get jarring mouthfuls of saltiness.

          I also had the preserved meat and taro casserole. They don't cook the taro long enough so it is still crunchy. The gravy is watery and not thick like it should be.

          1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

            fyi, the place is apparently known for its beef stew noodles...supposed to be the real kind where the beef falls apart...been meaning to try it for a long time

            1. re: Lau

              that was the recommendation to me too but I didn't feel noodles that day and now I can't bring myself to go back.

              1. re: Lau

                The beef stew rice noodle rolls at Yogee are great. The rice noodle rolls are not cheung fun, but rather rather several layers of chow fun noodles rolled up into stubby little tubes that look like small Lincoln Logs. (You see these occasionally at dim sum with Hoisin sauce.) Better than the similar dish over at Yummy Noodle.

                1. re: Lau

                  Finally tried the beef stew at Yogee. I had it over noodles. The beef was tender but overall it was just ok. It came in this weird dark broth that had a strange flavor. I like my beef stew with more than just beef cubes, it should also include the beef cubes that have the chewy webbing, and also the tendons. Yogee only had the plain beef cubes in the noodles. Incidentally, I had a much better version of this the night before at the noodle bar at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.

              2. re: Brian S

                So this post got me thinking about Fuzhou Restaurant and I went back there. They have a second printed menu in Chinese with lots of new stuff. I had big shrimp, shell-on, atop transparent noodles and chives in a nice ginger broth, served in a big clay pot. Very good indeed. As someone pointed out in my post on that place, it's Cantonese run and serves Cantonese food (very good Cantonese food). Strange choice of name, I guess they were going for the Fujianese customers.

              3. The two Vietnamese sandwich places -- Saigon Bahn Mi on Mott and the other one (can't remember the name) on Broome, which is one block north from Grand.

                1. If you feel like something other than chinese there is Nyonya on Grand, between Mott and Mulberry. It's good Malaysian food, have the curry fishhead soup and the garlic chicken.