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Best Chinatown Restaurant

TCS Jun 20, 2008 12:52 PM

What is your favorite restaurant in Chinatown? Not Dim Sum or noodles. What's your favorite dish there?

  1. Brian S Jun 29, 2008 07:37 AM

    I wrote this over a year ago but I think it's still useful in sorting out the virtually infinite variety of Chinatown:


    1. Buddha Belly Jun 25, 2008 11:41 AM

      Jobee on 3 Howard Street

      It's the only Taiwanese place In NYC Chinatown

      Love the Oyster Pancake, 3 cup chicken, Fresh Tofu w/ 3 Mushrooms and Stinky Tofu (available for takeout ONLY...apparently they are afraid the "smell" will scare off the white folks!)

      But if you beg them in Chinese, they will serve it, stink and all....

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      1. re: Buddha Belly
        Lau Jun 25, 2008 12:53 PM

        ohhhh they have 3 cup chicken, i love that dish

        so jobee is decent? i have to make it down there soon then

        1. re: Buddha Belly
          NYChristopher Jun 27, 2008 02:33 PM

          Wow, 3 Cup Chicken looks great!

          I wonder where the name comes from?

          1. re: NYChristopher
            corgi Jun 28, 2008 04:49 AM

            I think it was that the seasoning ingredients, soy, wine etc. came to three cups. If you come across 3 Cup Frog you should jump at it.;)

            1. re: corgi
              Lau Jun 28, 2008 05:31 AM

              thats right it comes from the ingredients which involves soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine...unlike alot of dishes the name translates to the exact same dish in chinese

              oh and its awesome when done right

          2. re: Buddha Belly
            DarthEater Jun 28, 2008 12:01 AM

            didn't this place close down several times?

            1. re: DarthEater
              jacques gaudet Jun 28, 2008 09:53 PM

              amazing 66

              1. re: DarthEater
                squid kun Jun 28, 2008 10:25 PM

                At least once. In its last incarnation it was sharing space with some kind of gift shop. Now the interior is redone and it looks like an actual restaurant.

              2. re: Buddha Belly
                squid kun Jul 2, 2008 04:19 PM

                Place link with menu ...

                3 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

              3. NYChristopher Jun 22, 2008 05:47 PM

                Goody's, 1 E. Broadway at Chatham Square. Soup dumplings. And don't be afraid to order off the menu; something you want not on the menu? Ask. if they can make it, they will.

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                1. re: NYChristopher
                  Chandavkl Jun 22, 2008 05:59 PM

                  Goody's is out of business, hopefully just temporarily. It's been replaced by a Fuzhou style restaurant. Poster says they're looking for new space.

                  1. re: Chandavkl
                    NYChristopher Jun 22, 2008 06:31 PM

                    Augh! Well then, I have no suggestions. My favorite Chinese places OTHER than Goody's are in Flushing (Forest Hills?), Bay Ridge or Midtown.

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                  thatsyuck Jun 22, 2008 12:43 PM

                  Shanghai Cuisine Mulberry & Bayard. Amazing soup dumplings, delicious chicken noodle soup (with delicious veg my favorite) and great crunchy tasty shanghai crispy noodles.

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                    sac1084 Jun 22, 2008 09:08 AM

                    Wo Hop hands down

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                    1. re: sac1084
                      Brian S Jun 29, 2008 07:40 AM

                      Not everyone loves Wo Hop.

                      Really cool retro decor, I like the hard-working and friendly waiters... but whatever you do, don't eat the food!!!

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                      placeholder Jun 22, 2008 06:53 AM

                      well, its in chinatown, so deserves to be mentioned... pho viet huong....best pho (the trick is getting the broth right) in manhattan. and 16 versions for $5 bucks each. unbeatable.

                      I'd also mention that although its not the best in food - shanghai kitchen is excellent and most importantly for those of us with kids - very kid friendly. New Green Bo for example, with its industrial flourescent lighting and communal seating is not... and btw, the food at SK is very good, considering the competition.

                      1. iluvcookies Jun 21, 2008 09:18 AM

                        Wonton Garden on Mott for sweet and sour roast pork stewed with noodles.
                        Wong's on Mott (the one below Canal) for Roast pork omelet over rice.
                        New Green Bo for soup dumplings, Shanghai over rice, and the shrimp over sizzling rice.
                        Grand Manna Bakery on Grand for coffee and gai mei bao.
                        These are all small places, nothing fancy but the above dishes are reliable and, for me, comfort food.

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                        1. re: iluvcookies
                          FuDee Jul 5, 2008 02:01 AM

                          Joe's Shanghai crushes New Green Bo's soup dumplings.


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                          yabadabadaba Jun 21, 2008 07:56 AM

                          When I ate Roast Duck over Rice at a restaurant on Canal St. east of Broadway, I thought that was the most delicious thing I had ever had. Try that one!

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                            Chandavkl Jun 20, 2008 10:11 PM

                            It used to be Cantoon Garden but I think it's now Yogee on Chrystie. The tofu seafood casserole is excellent.

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                            1. re: Chandavkl
                              Lau Jun 21, 2008 07:04 PM

                              whats good at yogee? ive been meaning to try that place for a while (besides the beef stew noodles that everyone talks about)

                              1. re: Lau
                                Chandavkl Jun 22, 2008 08:02 AM

                                Well the tofu seafood casserole was so good we had it three times in three days! Snow pea sprouts are as good as anybody's, as is the scallop fried rice. Ordinary sounding but very good is the chicken with black bean sauce. But I like the rice noodle logs with beef stew the best.

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