Whole Lobster and Crab in Chinatown
We're looking for a place in Chinatown (yes, needs to be Chinatown, not Monterey Park) to get really great whole lobster and crab, done up salt n pepper style, spicy style, garlic style... we are open to anything as long as it's awesome! Should be a banquet type place that would be good for a group of about 8. Any other suggestions of great dishes to get (esp. seafood) would be much appreciated.
Haven't tried it myself but last time I was there, J.R. Bistro had some table fliers offering lobster and crab in a couple of saucing options for $9.99.
Steamed Dungeness crab with garlic and noodles at the Empress Pavilion. Say what you want about how the Empress has seen better days (wrong, in my view, but people do say so), this is one dynamite dish.
I know that to many who read this I will sound like a broken record, but the best place to go IMHO is Hop Li on Alpine. They bring you the live lobster to show it to you before the take it and do whatever you want with it. Used to scare the heck out of my daughter when she was young. They may also have the best fried rice in Chinatown. They are on Alpine St.
Go to Mayflower. Their lobster with garlic is what you'll see everybody eating. Open real late too.
685 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA