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candaceb Aug 27, 2008 11:05 AM

With the many Chinese people who come to Southeastern Connecticut to visit (and work at) the casinos, you'd think there'd be some decent Chinese food, but I have yet to find it. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good place within a 40 minute radius of Foxwoods (or Mystic)?

I did a search for Groton and Chinese and everything that came up was for Groton MA...

  1. JohnnyCT Oct 3, 2008 07:57 AM

    You should check out Sunrise Square in the Mohegan Sun. It is part of their recent expansion aimed to please their many clients from the Asian communities in the Northeast. They offer Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and more.

    www.mohegansun.com/dining/sunrise-square.html

    Foxwoods also has a smaller restaurant catering to their Asian clients located outside the Asian gaming hall.

    I know that a while ago Chinese investors based in NYC bought a number of houses in Montville outside of the casino and in Norwich. These became boarding houses for individuals that work in the casino during the week and then return to NYC to stay with their family during their off-time. If there is anything to be found it would probably be there. I suspect that they probably eat at the casino after work but there may be some small restaurants that cater to their tastes in Norwich? The only place I have found is a large market called the Chinatown Foodcenter - 475 Hamilton Ave Norwich CT.

    www.chinatownfoodcenter.com

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      ThomShap Oct 2, 2008 11:38 AM

      There is also a Golden Chopsticks (unrelated to other post) in Westerly, RI that has a lot of authentic food, more traditional American-Chinese food which is also tasty, a Chinese market next door (go on Thursdays and get their roast pork to take home, mmm), and dim sum all day. Across the street from that is China Pavilion which also has good food and now has sushi as well.

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        Redstone Aug 31, 2008 03:17 PM

        Zhang's in Old Saybrook (with a branch in Madison) is definitely worth trying.

        Redstone

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          mrbeachy Aug 31, 2008 10:36 AM

          Id recommend Peking Tokyo in Mystic.Its off exit 90 near the Mystic Hilton and Mystic Aquarium in a shopping center called "the Factory Outlets".Serving both Chinese and Japanese food,I had eaten there several times over the years.Again we had an excellent lunch from the lunch menu.-Sweet and Sour Pork,while my friend had Shrimp and Lobster sauce.

          Both included a choice of egg drop or wonton soup,and either fried or steamed rice.The total bill with tax and tip was $17 for two people.

          1. theferlyone Aug 27, 2008 12:59 PM

            I forgot to mention, if you're looking for something a little more authentic, there's a place at Mohegan Sun that caters almost exclusively to their Asian clientele. I can't remember the name of it, but it's in the old casino near the bus lobby and the smoke-free slots. They have great chow fun, sushi, several kinds on congee, and even bubble tea. Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but both are good at what they do.

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              candaceb Aug 27, 2008 01:26 PM

              Thanks for these tips. I am looking for the kind of place where "Asian colleagues" would go. The place in Clinton sounds great - a little far for tonight, but I'm frequently in New Haven so I could stop there on the way home. I will have to investigate Mohegan Sun's offerings - I thought they ought to have something for all of the Chinese people who are bussed there every day. Other recommendations are still very welcome.

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                chowmensch Sep 10, 2008 01:32 PM

                I highly recommend the Sigapore Grill and Sushi Bar on Bank Street in New London. Sonny is the chef/owner/host and he's a real personality. There are many sushi items to choose from and his other dishes are inventive and delicious.

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              NLfoodie Aug 27, 2008 12:50 PM

              I agree, most of the places in the area serve typical mall food-court style Chinese food.

              The only place that I would recommend which is really fantastic is Taste of China down in Clinton. All of my Asian colleagues go there because it is authentic Szechuan. I believe the owner is a husband and wife duo where the husband is American and the wife is Chinese. I have eaten there once a few months ago and I really enjoyed everything I had. It if was closer I would definitely eat there a few times a month. If you have not been, it is worth the drive down to Clinton.

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                Shoreliner Aug 28, 2008 09:09 AM

                I second the recommendation for "Taste of China" in Clinton. We were there 2 months ago for my grandson's 8th grade graduation celebration (just 3 of us; me, my daughter and my grandson). The food was very good and the service was outstanding - they enjoyed helping with our little celebration. I'm looking forward to going back soon. (We drive from Branford, CT)

              2. theferlyone Aug 27, 2008 12:43 PM

                Golden chopstix in Gales Ferry is quite good...not very authentic, I'm sure, but very tasty as the Americanized stuff goes. It's not too greasy, they use good quality meats, and their packaging is reusable. All around, I'd recommend them.

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