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Jun 13, 2008 11:43 AM

SGV chinese restaurants open late (after 9)

I am doing a presentation in Pasadena until 9 this coming Monday night and before I head home to the Westside, I want a really good Chinese meal (not like the dreck we get in my neighborhood). I have several favorites in the SGV -- e.g., Din Tai Fung, Chang's Garden, Chung King -- but I figure that they will be winding down by the time I get there. Besides, I'm always looking for new places to eat. Any recommendations?

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  1. Just about every Chinese restaurant in SGV is open past 9 p.m., and will not be winding down.

    A little more guidance as to what you are looking for other than "really good Chinese meal" might help us provide recommendations.

    Asking for "really good Chinese" in SGV is sort of like asking for "milk chocolate" at the Hershey's factory.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      The problem is that most close at 10. I may not get there until close to 9:30. Most restaurants are not that happy to see new customers come in the door a half hour before closing. Some dishes may not be available, ingredients may not be fresh, and its not a lot of fun trying to eat while breathing disinfectant while they mop the floor around you. Plus I don't like being rushed to finish a meal so they can close on time.

      I am open as to cuisine, style, province, etc -- I like them all. I just want a good leisurely meal after a long day of work. I eat in the SGV whenever I can and am always looking for new restaurants, so if you have a favorite that stays open to 11, let me know.

      1. re: dmankin

        Sinbala is open until 10 or 11PM. I was there past their closing time once and they were very gracious about it. Tasty Garden (NOT Garden Cafe) is our go to place if we can't think of any place else we want to go to past 10PM. I see the staff from Sinbala there sometimes.

    2. J&J Shanghai - 301 W. Valley Blvd. San Gabriel - far better XLB than Din Tai Fung and excellent other Shanghainese cafe dishes - is open until 11pm.

      1. Din Tai Fung is open until 10 and will take people up to 9:45 p.m.
        Tasty Garden in Arcadia is also open late
        Macau St. in Monterey Park
        Little Fat Sheep in Monterey Park
        Seafood Village in Monterey Park or Temple City
        Phoenix is open pretty late too, but not the best food (good desserts though)

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        1. re: WHills

          WHills, can I ask what kinds of dishes you are ordering at Phoenix Inn? I've been there about 3x in the last 2 weeks and my dinners were very good.

          1. re: kure

            I've tried the stir fry dishes, garlic chicken wings, chow mein, curry fish balls, rice noodle in soup, hainan chicken etc. It's not bad, just okay, but not something I would go to Phoenix for because Tasty Garden and Mei Mei do a much better job. It's more of a dessert place or I place I go to when Din Tai Fung's line is too long. Nothing stellar.

        2. Most Hong Kong-style restaurants are open past midnight. For example, Tasty Garden in Arcadia (just south of Chang's Garden & Din Tai Fung) is open until 1 AM. Here's some more info: