Chinatown recs for Chinese parents?
I'm in Manhattan working for just a month, but my parents have decided to come visit me from semi-rural California for a few days. They're Chinese (dad is Cantonese and mom from Taiwan) and definitely not adventurous - they want Chinese food. I would like to take them to Chinatown for several dinners and let them have all sorts of regional cuisines since they can't get that at home, but I haven't gotten a chance to explore Manhattan Chinatown yet because of the job. Any suggestions? I'm planning on Joe Shanghai and Cantoon Garden from my reads here on the board, but would like to hear other possibilities (Congee Village? Great NY Noodle? Supertaste? Others?) The main issue here is that my mom is pretty fastidious, so although my dad and I have no problem eating great food in dirty little joints or roaming to different places to get a special dish here and there, my mom would hate it. I'm not able to take them to Flushing or any of the other boroughs. Addresses or intersections would help immensely - no "near (landmark building/bridge)" directions unless they get more specific. Thanks!
I'd skip Joes Shanghai and head to the Shanghai Cafe at 100 Mott Street. Joes does have its many admirers on this board though. Here are some other threads/recs:
Amazing 66 at 66 Mott Street - Cantonese Family Style
Two "best Fuzhou" restaurants:
Other favorites, in alphabetical order include:
Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013. Best Cantonese style BBQ Roast Pork.
Fuleen Seafood at 11 Division Street, 10002.
New Chao Chao at 111 Mott Street, 10013.
Yogee Restaurant at 85 Chrystie Street, 10002 Cantonese
Best Chinatown Restaurant:
Szechuan Gourmet - I have to agree with Pan in that I think it is the best Chinese restaurant in Manhattan.
Also if you're going to Shanghai Cafe go next door and check out Dining Room Management Group for Cantonese food at 102 Mott St. (Apparently these guys don't realize the restaurant can have a fictitious name.) Besides being one of the better Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown, they're open almost all day, from early in the morning for jook, noodles, etc. to extremely late at night (something like 3am). They're probably best known for their Cantonese chicken, but I like the fish cake with saifun and pumpkin.
hands down ..especially if they enjoy seafood...
14 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10013
nr. Bayard St.
talk to the waiter about what you would like as some of the best items arent listed on the menu...they are very nice..and like talking about the different options the restaurant offers..its not the cheapest chinatown experience but for us any way consistently the best
so in manhattan, i agree with most of the posts above:)
- cantonese seafood: Cantoon Garden, this is my favorite restaurant in manhattan ctown, i highly recommend (i think all chinese will appreciate this type of food); here is my review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5894...
- cantonese (general): Amazing 66 as other posters suggested
- cantonese bbq: i personally like NY Noodletown (all bbq, flowering chive dishes, jook / zhou / congee and salt baked squid), but alot of people will go with big wong...either way you can't go wrong, but these are more quick lunch type places as opposed to a nice sit down dinner
- sichuan: I also agree that szechuan gourmet is definitely the best sichuan restaurant in manhattan; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459240
- cantonese snacks: stop by mei li wah for some steamed roast pork buns (cha siu / cha shao bao) and coconut buns (gai mei bao / ji wei bao) and also some coffee tea (yin yong / yuan yang cha
)- shanghainese: while I think the quality of manhattan shanghainese is low, I'd agree with other posters that you should go to shanghai cafe if you must go; i personally think their xiang gan rou si is excellent if you like that dish; here is a quick review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5600...
- dim sum: while I highly recommend going to flushing, in manhattan, I'd go to Dim Sum Go Go, Red Egg (recently tried and it was good) and 6 chatham square restaurant (it can be streaky, but its quite good when its on)....btw all 3 are off the menu ordering (which is how i prefer dim sum as its fresher
if you mom is a stickler about cleanliness, I'd generally stay away from the fuzhou places as they are rather unkept (although that doesnt mean the food is bad by any means)
Other than that, I REALLY recommend going to flushing (the LIRR takes 15 minutes) and you'll upgrade the quality of your chinese food immensly:
- cantonese seafood: Imperial Palace; this is my absolute favorite chinese restaurant in NY; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/543625
- cantonese seafood / general: their garlic crab and garlic chicken is the best in NY and its generally an excellent restaurant; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454983
- sichuan: spicy & tasty and xiao la jiao (little pepper) are both excellent, among the best sichuan food ive had in the US; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589204
- dim sum: id go to either Jade Asian or Perfect Team Corp (both are much better than manhattan dim sum); http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/496839
if you need more recs in flushing, feel free to ask and I can give more
Glad you enjoyed Red Egg...i've only been there (repeatedly, addictively) for their 4-8pm dimsum happy hour (i've never gone on a Sat/Sunday nor have i sampled the regular menu -- except maybe for fried oysters one time when i was a little bit drunk)...but the happy hour dimsum has been consistently very very good...
Did you go for happy hour or at another time?