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Feb 25, 2008 06:24 AM

Something different in Chinatown

I love chinatown, but find myself going to the same places "new green bo", Excellent porkchop house", hop Ching" Big Wong" and although there all great I am looking for something a little off beat and daring. I will eat anything and was hoping somebody would have a suggestion of a place or a certain dish that they could recommend. I love a food adventure and am willing to try anything,thanks chef

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  1. Check out this report from Brian S. whose Chinatown wanderlust is unparalleled on this board:

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    1. re: jakew8

      Thank you! I was about to post that. And as I say in my last post they now have a menu where every dish (almost) is translated into English... but prices have gone up.

      There are just so many of these new Fujianese places. Most have English menus... but some don't.

      And hey if you want different... at 16 Bowery just south of Pell a barely visible staircase leads down to a "secret" restaurant where Western food is served to Chinese customers!

    2. Congee -- the one on Bowery between Grand and Hester -- makes for a nice little departure from the places that you've mentioned. While I find myself leaning towards scallion pancakes, dumplings, and roasted meats at places like New Green Bo and Big Wong, my last meal at Congee consisted of frog with chives, snails in black bean sauce, and salt baked shredded squid with cashews (their version of which now exists at the top of my "salt baked" list).

      Not a huge departure, I know, but if you want to get a bit more oddball, the menu also offers up goose intestines, sea cucumber, and the like.

      Amazing 66 similarly serves a more interesting range of dishes, in a nicer atmosphere, than place like NGB and BW.

      1. Fuzhou Dumpling Soup, Deep Fried Taro Cake, Sauteed Water Spinach, Sauteed Cauliflower or one of Casseroles at Best Fuzhou @ 71 Eldridge Street. Brian recently gave high marks to their Wu Geng Chang Wang or "Fifth Watch Intestine Prosperous" Casserole! One of two Casserole dishes not translated into English. Second from the bottom of their menu on the left-hand side of the page.

        Or try any of the 20 noodle soups at Yogee @ 85 Chrystie St.

        Fresh shrimp at American East Fuzhou @ 54 East Broadway. They also serve Rabbit with Thin Noodles until 4 p.m. which is next on my list to try!

        If you are really adventurous, waltz into Fu Kee Yuan at 84 Eldridge Street and order #122 Li Zhi Rou (Lychee Pork) or get 3 Rou Bao (Pork filled bins) for $1.00. No English menu but the young Ms. Chen speaks some English and is there after noon or so.

        1. Have you considered something other than Chinese food? There are a good number of Malaysian and Vietnamese restaurants in C-town as well.

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            I absolutely would be up for Malaysian or Vietnamese, I want to go for the experience and the joy of food.And try some things that you don't get on the soft, safe and sanitized version of the menus.If you have an idea, I am up for trying it.I also thank everybody for giving me so many great suggestions so far. squid cakes?,intestines? Sea cucumber? Yea that's what I'm talking about.Keep it coming, I'm just now getting hungry,chef

          2. I think the best contiguous collection of restaurants in Chinatown are on Division St.--Fuleen, East Seafood, Sunrise 27, Hua Du, WCJ Seafood and a few others. East Seafood has this dish that I believe they classify as a casserole with slices of beef and clumps of glass noodles that are tied up to look like a squid or jellyfish. Unfortunately I don't remember what they call it, but it's a great dish both visually and taste wise.