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Dec 18, 2008 10:05 AM

L:A: Chinese for Christmas Eve - Downtonw/Hollywood areas...

We're looking for a Chinese restaurant open Christmas Eve for dinner. We'd like to create a set menu for about $40 per person and have a big Christmas Eve feast.

Food is first
Location is second

People will be coming out from the SFV, Santa Monica and West Hollywood - Monterey Park me be a stretch for some.

Any recommendations?

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  1. Suck it up and go to Monterey Park.

    Xmas eve happens once a year and gas is cheap ... make the drive to Monterey Park.

    Based on your price point, I'd suggest either Seafood Village, Ocean Star, or maybe Elite.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Christmas Eve is on a Wednesday and that could be a horrendous drive from the San Fernando Valley or the Westside into Monterey Park or San Gabriel. I might be more inclined to go someplace in Chinatown even though the food is several cuts below. Maybe CBS, Mayflower or Golden City, none of which have any ambience to speak of.

    2. Agree with the SGV reco, but if you absolutely need a downtownish location, I'd go to Sam Woo in Chinatown (which is also called Hong Kong BBQ). I ended up there last year on Christmas, and was surprised that it was as good as it was - much better than most of the other Chinatown restos I've been to.

      Sam Woo Bar-B-Que Restaurant
      803 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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      1. re: Vaya Con Carne

        They recently remodeled the place even the rest rooms. Only problem is they have 4 spaces for parking in the rear. You can probably have a feast for $15/person.

      2. I have eaten at the now called MANDARIN CHATEAU (was Mandarin Shanghai) for about 20 years. The food has always been outstanding, and it's not expensive.

        970 North Broadway - 213-625-1195

        It's at the far end of Chinatown, and doesn't sit directly on Broadway, but behind another restaurant..

        1. HUGE CURVE BALL - thanks for everyones help but we decided to go to Korean BBQ - Soot Bull Jeep...

          Any recommendations. We will all be first timers...

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          1. re: Ore

            Most important recommendation: wear your gardening clothes, or something else you won't mind smelling like BBQ when you get home. I like the marinated pork, spencer steak, and kalbi.