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Chinese Lunch in Newton on a Saturday

Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 06:55 AM

I'm planning a birthday lunch for next Saturday in Newton and am wondering what the best restaurant would be for a sit-down lunch that is not dim sum or buffet. The celebrant, who will be 90, is probably more familiar with American-style Chinese food than more adventurous fare. Rice Valley gets the "just ok" rating from me but is probably the lead contender at the moment. I haven't been to Jumbo in Newton Centre in years because it was so terribly bland. Is Ginger Root any better? I would prefer to stay in Newton but if there's a better option in a neighboring town, please let me know.

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  1. Science Chick RE: Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 07:01 AM

    Green Tea at the corner of Rt. 9 and Eliot St. is pretty decent and has a nice decor.


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      Velda Mae RE: Science Chick Mar 13, 2009 07:07 AM

      I know they don't do lunch specials on a Saturday but can you order off the regular menu anytime if you don't want dim sum?

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      Chris in Newton RE: Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 07:06 AM

      CK Shanghai in Wellesley.

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        hargau RE: Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 07:25 AM

        For what your looking for id say Bernards in the mall.

        Personally id go to Green Tea if i was in newton and wanted Chinese.

        1. barleywino RE: Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 07:27 AM

          Chung SHin Yuan on California (but you would have to get there well before they open and wait in line for a table, or go late-ish like 2pm). They have an "American-style" menu as well as authentic Taiwanese (try the fried cruller and the steamed spicy spareribs (over yams))

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            Science Chick RE: barleywino Mar 13, 2009 07:31 AM

            I forgot about them....yes, Chung Shin Yuan is very good. Ambience at Green Tea a bit better. Bernards might be best for ambience/food....but much more expensive. Might be easier for grandma to get in/out though.

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              Velda Mae RE: Science Chick Mar 13, 2009 08:20 AM

              I appreciate the thought but my great aunt is remarkably mobile and agile so access is not an issue.

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            sushidad RE: Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 07:53 AM

            I am a fan of both Green Tea and Chung Shin Yuan but don't think they meet your needs for a Satuday lunch for your 'celebrant'. Both are busy dim sum places on the weekends. Personally, I would suggest you look at China Sky in Wellesley: Nice Decor, Varied Menu, Easy Access

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              emilief RE: Velda Mae Mar 13, 2009 08:59 AM

              Bernards would be an excellent choice. Easy parking, excellent fresh food and great service.

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