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Is there really good Chinese Food in Chinatown?

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Looking for for a good authentic Chinese Restaurant for dinner in Chinatown......any region but love Schezuan. Thanks

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  1. Yes, although most of the good restaurants are essentially Cantonese. But you might want to try Z&Y for Sichuan.

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    Z & Y
    655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. SF Chinatown's not the best place to go for Chinese food, but yes. There's better Sichuan outside of SF but Z&Y's pretty good. Some other good (non-Sichuan) places in the neighborhood:

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      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      R & G Lounge
      631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

      Great Eastern Restaurant
      649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      1. Not quite in Chinatown, and not quite Sichuan food, but Henry's Hunan on Sansome is authentic Hunanese food (not so Brandy's Ho's or Hunan Home's, though the latter is not bad overall).

        ABC and Washington Bakery are good for HK-style Cantonese small-plate cuisine. For full-menu Cantonese, there's Great Eastern, R&G, Utopia Cafe, and Gold Mountain, for starters. In general, restaurants in Chinatown do tend to be pretty authentic compared to what you'll find in some neighborhoods and other cities, though not necessarily good.

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        R & G Lounge
        631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

        Great Eastern Restaurant
        649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Gold Mountain Restaurant
        644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

        ABC Bakery Cafe
        650 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Henry's Hunan Restaurant
        924 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Washington Bakery & Restaurant
        733 Washington St, San Francisco, CA

        Utopia Cafe
        141 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

        1. Hing Lung for congee
          Hon's Wun Tun House for wun tun noodles and quick bites
          Lucky Creation for really good Canto vegetarian

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          Hing Lung Restaurant
          674 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Lucky Creation Vegetarian
          854 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

          Hon's Wun Tun House
          648 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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          1. re: K K

            Hon's has a certain charm, maybe the charm of inertia, but I've never been particularly fond of their soups. The noodles are company-made (off-site), yes, but they are stingy with the wontons and not really as cheap as they might be from the looks of the place; consider that places like Kam Po Kitchen deliver more generous portions of a product just as tasty for a buck or two less. And what Hon's represents as "Shanghai Noodles" on their menu is a travesty, IMHO.

            Hing Lung is definitely a treasure for congee (and freshly-made youtiao and "cows tongue" pastries).

          2. The best Chinese food is outside of Chinatown. Chinatown restaurants primarily serve either the local Cantonese and Vietnamese residents and tourists. Consequently, the only Sichuan/Yunnan food you'll find is at Z & Y, while the non-tourist Cantonese food takes the tastes, as well as the pocketbooks, of the locals in mind.