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I'm looking for a great chinese restaurant- metro accessible in the District- to take a group of about 12 people. It seems like Chinatown may be lacking- but any and all suggestions are welcome!

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  1. City Lights of China in Dupont is the best.

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    1. re: Bigcitywine

      It closed a long time ago.

    2. What kind of Chinese? Sounds like Meiwah might be what you're looking for (American-Chinese), or Full Kee in Chinatown? There's a couple Szechuan places that are supposed to be good. I thought City Lights wasn't good, that's me. There are many many threads on Chinese food on here with some very specific discussions, so be sure to do a search. Would something more Pan-Asian work for your needs, like Spices in Cleveland Park?

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      1. re: mselectra

        Looking for an ambiance like Meiwah that would be a good place to take a group (clean, good service) but with food that's a little more authentic.

        Any thoughts on Sichuan Pavilion?

        1. re: DCYankee

          My son, age 26, knows Chinese food, had lunch at Sichuan Pavillion and thought it was great. I used to work upstairs from it and always thought it was just average but I think there's new management so it's probably worth checking out. I love Full Kee but a party of 12 would be a problem, especially at a peak time. They give over the larger tables downstairs to small parties of 2-3 who don't mind sharing.

      2. Full Key in Chinatown for Hong Kong style. Fried dumplings, shrimp dumpling soup, duck stuffed with shrimp, oyster and ginger casserole, chive flowers, clams in black bean sauce, chicken and eggplant casserole. Watercress with garlic.

        But if you are looking for General Tso's chicken, I suppose you can go anywhere.

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        1. re: Steve

          I second Full Key on H St in Chinatown. Authentic flavors and amazing dumplings, noodles and roast pork/duck. They have soup and noodle specials for $5.50 I believe. I think it was the only area restaurant to land in the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the U.S.

          1. re: BetterWithBacon

            but could Full Kee handle a group of 12 people? and it is a bit short on ambience. I love the dump, but it's maybe not for everyone.

            I've only had soup from Sichuan Pavilion, but it was great.

            1. re: hill food

              Oh yes, I've been to Full Key with a large group.

              1. re: Steve

                downstairs? good to know.

                forgot about this:
                http://www.panix.com/~kludge/chinese....

                comprehensive listings and opinions - but a bit out of date.