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Chinese food in LA?

albs Feb 29, 2008 09:24 AM

I've been very disappointed in the chinese food that I have had in LA. I'm from New York and I really miss being able to order in really good Chinese. Anybody have any recommendations? I'm looking for something in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood/Hollywood area...

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  1. ipsedixit RE: albs Feb 29, 2008 09:36 AM

    No Chinese food in LA.

    Folks subsist only on Pink's hot dogs, Roscoe's chicken and waffles and the occasional roast chicken from Versailles.

    But seriously, there's nothing in your neck of the woods (e.g. BH/WeHo/Hollywood). Gotta head east mon ami ... try SGV.

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      Servorg RE: ipsedixit Feb 29, 2008 09:42 AM

      I think albs is looking for "delivery" options.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        PeterL RE: ipsedixit Feb 29, 2008 12:04 PM

        I think OP will be equally disappointed with the Chinese food offered in SGV. There is nothing like the take out or "New York style" Chinese food that New Yorkers seem to constantly rave about here in Calif., "where can I find Chinese food that my parents took me when I was just a kid way back in the olden days in NYC?"

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          PlonkMan RE: PeterL Feb 29, 2008 12:11 PM

          I miss those cold sesame noodles (AKA peanut butter noodles) I'd get when I was a know-nothing Columbia freshman with a bad case of the munchies.

      2. Ciao Bob RE: albs Feb 29, 2008 10:07 AM

        Have you tried Xian in Beverly Hills? It is passable-to-good for Americanified Chinese Food.

        1. Chandavkl RE: albs Feb 29, 2008 10:08 AM

          You've described the black hole of Chinese food in the Los Angeles area. L.A. area Chinese food surpasses New York, San Francisco, or anywhere else in the country. But not the areas you mention.

          1. Will Owen RE: albs Feb 29, 2008 12:20 PM

            The Chinese food here is found where Chinese people are, and where there's land to build and relatively low rents. None of those things is to be found in the areas you've mentioned. The other thing to consider, as PeterL points out, is that while the NY Chinese food you're probably familiar with evolved as food to please Western tastes, whole regional Chinese cuisines have been transplanted whole into LA County, and the food is prepared to please the Chinese palate. The rest of us just have to adapt, darn the luck...

            There are gwailo-friendly restaurants still lingering in Chinatown and other areas, such as Yang Chow and the place on Hill Street whose name I suddenly can't remember - senior moment - but I'm not sure that these would meet your criteria. Their delivery areas are also probably too restricted to do you much good; LA is not the ordering-in paradise NY is.

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              ipsedixit RE: Will Owen Feb 29, 2008 01:40 PM

              Maybe there should be a new category called "NY-Style Chinese food" in the same vein that people are always searchig for "NY-Style pizza" ....

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              andytseng RE: albs Feb 29, 2008 12:56 PM

              I've actually experienced what NY people consider "good Chinese." I think this might suit you:


              Seriously though, if you want Chinese food, hop in a car and head down to SGV

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                jaymor RE: andytseng Feb 29, 2008 01:42 PM

                i second this......i doubt if you will find the 'order-in/delivery' chinese food here.....i dont know if panda express delivers but their menu is is the closest you will get to new york order-in that you are familiar with.....winter does not get that cold here and most people have cars i think is why.

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                  Servorg RE: jaymor Feb 29, 2008 03:44 PM

                  You are undoubtedly right. The OP will need to look to one of the food delivery services that picks up from multiple restaurants and select one that picks up from Genghis Cohen on Fairfax just north of Melrose. That will be as close as they're going to come in the geographic area they outlined above.

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                Jerome RE: albs Feb 29, 2008 04:03 PM

                the chinese food is so bad here. everyone knowledgeable on the subject agrees with you albs.

                that said - for people who believe that you can get really good chinese in new york

                there's jinjiang on santa monica near veteran, there's hop li on pico,
                for the kind of food you seem to be craving, try le mandarette in hollywood. yes the gender doesn't agree - it's a would-be chinese restaurant serving what you seem to be missing.
                LE MANDARETTE
                1651 3/4 N LA BREA AVE
                LOS ANGELES
                (not affiliated so far as I know with the Mandarin Beverly Hills or Mandarette on Beverly Blvd)

                For anyone who knows my posts - this is not a recommendation for a chinese restaurant in southern california. Continue going to MaLan, 888, MVP, Giangnan, Cafe Eight, Hunan Army, Shufeng, Lu Din Gee, Meilong Zhen, and other places. To top it off, it's close to me, I've never been and i have no real interest in going. BUT i think it's what the OP wants

                Albs, please post if le mandarette (which i think delivers) meets your needs.

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