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Best Lunch Deals- Chinatown

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karbare07 May 4, 2009 09:57 AM

I'm looking to expand my lunch venues in Chinatown. I've had some good pho and bahn mi, but looking more for good, fresh american chinese food. New Shanghai used to have a great Chicken w/ginger. I've tried New Golden gate, and it was only meh. Picking up to-go at Gourmet Dumpling House was time consuming and major chaos. Not a big seafood fan, unfortunately! Any thoughts?? Thanks!

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  1. barleywino RE: karbare07 May 4, 2009 10:24 AM

    New Shanghai still has lunch specials (try the twice cooked pork belly), Hong Kong Eatery for one of their combos (w/ salted chicken, roast pig and/or duck etc) or rice plates (pork chop, beef short rib etc)

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      kobuta RE: barleywino May 4, 2009 10:37 AM

      As good as your suggestions sound to me, they don't sound like American Chinese food which the OP is looking for. I'm not sure Chinatown is the place to be for that type of food. While many of the restaurants offer some flavor of American Chinese food, I don't know if they do it well.

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        barleywino RE: kobuta May 4, 2009 10:54 AM

        the places I mentioned do also offer "American" CHinese food lunch specials but I haven't tried those particular specials

    2. Matt H RE: karbare07 May 4, 2009 11:24 AM

      Taiwan Cafe has a lunch special menu as well, and even though TC's menu is almost entirely authentic the Sweet and Sour Pork and Chicken are really incredible and agreeable to most palates.

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        gourmaniac RE: karbare07 May 4, 2009 12:02 PM

        New Jumbo (on Hudson) does a very good American Chinese luncheon special which is a real deal at $4.75. Their General Gau's chicken is a guilty pleasure.

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          barleywino RE: gourmaniac May 4, 2009 12:23 PM

          come to think of it, Peach Farm also does a decent General Gau chicken (while you're there, get the surf clam w/ rice vermicelli on the shell as an app-- not on the menu)

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            ILoveRestaurants RE: gourmaniac May 5, 2009 07:17 AM

            great thread! I am heading to New Jumbo today for lunch! Thanks

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              karbare07 RE: ILoveRestaurants May 5, 2009 08:40 AM

              I think I am also heading to New Jumbo today!

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            nasilemak RE: karbare07 May 4, 2009 06:06 PM

            Potluck Cafe on Knapp St. offer a pretty extensive selection of home style cooking - any 3 items (generous portions too) plus rice and soup (usually seaweed) for five bucks. Needless to say it's usually packed with construction and office workers, and locals by noontime. Hands down the best deal in the area.

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              galleygirl RE: nasilemak May 4, 2009 06:22 PM

              I haven't eaten there,but checked it out, and I totally concur...Looked like authentic treats that enticed me, but lots of fried, greasy delights as well....

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                9lives RE: nasilemak May 4, 2009 06:33 PM

                I'm still mending a broken heart from when Potluck had an interesting menu..:)..but I should sample their buffet.

                http://www.flickr.com/photos/61246842...

                In addition to New Shanghai and Taiwan Cafe which both cook to order smaller portions of their regular dinner items.

                East Ocean City does a fried nodle dish with a variety of ingredients, usually good for 2 meals..ask them to make it with black bean sauce instead of the standard brown sauce..big upgrade.

                Most of the places have a page of lunch specials but I haven't tried many x TC and New Shanghai..which includes a spring roll and hot and sour soup..bargain.

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                  karbare07 RE: 9lives May 5, 2009 05:29 AM

                  Thanks everyone, I've got some new ideas! This should keep me busy for awhile- both wallet friendly and tasty!

              2. MeffaBabe RE: karbare07 May 5, 2009 06:11 AM

                I know this isn't "American Styled" but I am slowly becoming a big fan of the 163 Vietnamese Cafe on Harrison near Beach St. You can get a luncheon plate for $3.50, spring rolls for $3.00 and they also make great Bubble Tea/Shakes.

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                  galleygirl RE: MeffaBabe May 5, 2009 06:14 AM

                  I thought they just did banh mi?
                  What's their luncheon plate like?

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                    MC Slim JB RE: galleygirl May 5, 2009 08:10 AM

                    163 also does rice plates and bun for $3.50, stuff like pork chop, BBQ chicken, BBQ beef, sliced fried spring rolls. Good and cheap and filling.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    karbare07 RE: MeffaBabe May 5, 2009 07:18 AM

                    I love their bubble teas- I haven't tried their lunch plate (only the bahn mi). I'll have to explore them a bit more.

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                      Kenji RE: MeffaBabe May 7, 2009 10:13 AM

                      I've long been a fan of 163's banh mi & iced coffee.

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                      gourmaniac RE: karbare07 May 5, 2009 08:00 AM

                      My other favorite spot lately is Royal Pacific on Tyler south of Kneeland. Their rice plates are excellent and huge (~$6.00) and include soup. My wife is addicted to the salty spicy pork chop, which comes with 4-5 pieces of pork and chinese broccoli. It's enough for both of us for supper! Their dry fried beef chow fun is also excellent.

                      1. BoDubya RE: karbare07 May 5, 2009 08:59 AM

                        Went to Empire Garden for lunch the other day with my gf and did the dim sum. I'm not all that experienced in ds, but we had the shrimp noodle, pork buns, srping rolls and a shumai (I think). Anyways - the four things we ordered came to $11.70 and we were quite satisfied. Hell - that's less than a martini in this town!

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