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Good Chinese Restaurant in the District?

DCYankee Jan 15, 2009 04:51 AM

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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    Bigcitywine RE: DCYankee Jan 15, 2009 06:38 AM

    City Lights of China in Dupont is the best.

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      Jacey RE: Bigcitywine Jan 15, 2009 09:18 AM

      It closed a long time ago.

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      mselectra RE: DCYankee Jan 15, 2009 06:58 AM

      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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        DCYankee RE: mselectra Jan 15, 2009 07:50 AM

        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?

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          dan f. RE: DCYankee Jan 17, 2009 05:51 PM

          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.

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        Steve RE: DCYankee Jan 15, 2009 08:00 AM

        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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          BetterWithBacon RE: Steve Jan 15, 2009 02:06 PM

          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.

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            hill food RE: BetterWithBacon Jan 16, 2009 11:57 AM

            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.

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              Steve RE: hill food Jan 16, 2009 12:22 PM

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

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                hill food RE: Steve Jan 16, 2009 01:24 PM

                downstairs? good to know.

                forgot about this:

                comprehensive listings and opinions - but a bit out of date.

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