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Early Dinner with an 8yo in Chinatown

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My Niece wants to come to Chinatown with me to buy Tea. I will need to feed her dinner after I pick her up and would love take her somewhere new. Looking for a casual place but with a place to sit down. She is kinda picky but will try new things when with me. Any suggestions would be great!
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  1. How about Philippes?

    www.philippes.com

    1. I was going to say the same thing

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      1. re: wyatt3290

        Love Philippes but would love to get her to try some new food. Trying to instill a little chowhound love in her

      2. Unless she's pretty much never eaten Chinese food before, there's enough familiar stuff on the menu at "Full House" to do the trick....

        1. Yang Chow is my favorite in Chinatown and they know how to feed kids. I can't imagine that she wouldn't like the slippery shrimp, their deep-fried, cornstarch-crusted specialty served in a sweet & sour sauce with the tiniest zing. Supplement with some soup or egg rolls or potstickers or some noodles. They are open but not jammed during that period between late lunch and early dinner, and they have convenient, almost-free validated parking. On the west side of Broadway just north of Alpine.

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          1. re: nosh

            Not too formal?

            1. re: PurpleTeeth

              Yang Chow is essentially Panda Express with better silverware and dinnerware.

              It's a close call on the food, however; on it's better days Panda Express outshines Yang Chow the way the Sun outshines Pluto.

              So, no, not too formal ... not too good either.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I've always thought that the "House Special Shrimp" at Chinese Friends on Broadway (east side, way up at the North end of Chinatown) was a vastly superior version of the same dish as Yang Chow's "Slippery Shrimp".

                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                  Sounds interesting. If I wanted to keep it more casual would you know of a good place where you can wake up to a counter and order things like pork buns or other Dim Sum and then sit down to eat it? I think that might be easier for a quick dinner. Also I know kids like little things and Dim Sum seems like fun.

                  1. re: PurpleTeeth

                    You generally can't get dim sum in the early evening hours, at least not for a sit down meal at a restaurant. It's a lunch thing.

                    You could order dim sum type items at one of the many pastry shops in Chinatown. For that, I'd recommend Phoenix Bakery.

                    Phoenix Bakery
                    969 North Broadway
                    (213) 628-4642

                    1. re: PurpleTeeth

                      Family pastry has good take out dim sum very good for an 8 year old too. The only dicey thing is the sit down area ( kinda grungy) My 10 year old and I go there after Phillipes ( just arounf the corner ) for the sponge cake and custard tarts for dessert.. I normally take it to go..

                      1. re: Foodandwine

                        That might work. Grungy is OK as long as no bugs. Or Maybe takeout and go sit in the square by Old Chinatown and eat?

                        1. re: PurpleTeeth

                          Seconding the Family Pastry reco. Only thing is, since dim sum is more of a morning thing, the later in the day you go, the less fresh stuff will be.

                          My personal faves include the "curry pork cookie," har gow, half moon, and the barbecue pork buns. The har gow and half moon might be offputting to a kid from a texture standpoint, depending on pickiness, but the other two should be pretty safe. Lots of dough - and what kid doesn't like dough :)

                          1. re: PurpleTeeth

                            Isn't Family Pastry next to the live poultry place? If so, the smell around there is not the most pleasant for an 8yr old. An alternative for dim sum might be the place next to the Senior Citizen's Center which is about 600 N Broadway. From what I understand, the owners of that place also have a branch next to Shun Fat Supermarket in Monterey Park. Price there is reasonable & they did remodel recently, so the seats are fairly new. Not sure what time they close though. Lots of places close around 6pm in Chinatown. Of course, you could always go there first and takeout.

                            If you stay past 6pm/closing time, it is probably better to go to a sit-down establishment. There is a place on Broadway & Alpine that is called Hong Kong something, but used to be a Sam Woo. Anyway, that place is very casual and opens late. You do not need to order anything exotic. I'm sure the child would not mine something char-siu fried rice, beef chow mein, egg rolls, and/or some scrambled egg dish.

                            1. re: Conankun

                              The Hong Kong BBQ place, formerly Sam Woo, is a good choice - pretty much something for everybody there. And the Chinese-American standbys like broccoli beef and chow mein are actually quite good.

                        2. re: PurpleTeeth

                          Neither Full House nor Chinese Friends is very formal. Both are intensely kid-friendly; I've been to CF with the Pup when he still fit in a carrier (now 17, 6'2'' 175 lb.); and seen babies in strollers at Full House.

                2. Maybe someone can help me out on the name of the restaurant. Ended up there with some not too adventurous friends and the waitress was english speaking and very helpful giving us suggestions. Food was satisfying. It was in the plaza on Broadway, turned left after the "toss coins to get your fortune" thing that has been there forever, and past Hop Li ? which is on the left. This place was on the right. Full of Chinese speakers.