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lips Jun 22, 2009 04:45 AM

Visitors from Europe seeking tips on best Chinese in East 80s. Thanks

  1. MMRuth Jun 22, 2009 05:52 AM

    These threads might help:


    That said, I don't think the UES is the greatest place for Chinese. and I live in the area. Wu Liang Ye is quite good if you order right, we occasionally go to Chef Ho's for Peking Duck. Usually though, if we want "upscale" Chinese, we head to Chin Chin.

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    1. re: MMRuth
      Lettucepray Jun 22, 2009 07:15 AM

      Chin Chin = wonderful

      1. re: Lettucepray
        Daniel76 Jun 22, 2009 07:51 AM

        It's a strange request to be looking for anything good on UES in the 80's past going to Etas Unis.. However there is a Chinese Restaurant called Shangai Pavillion on 2nd or 3rd and 78th street..

        I have only been there once and found all the food to be really mediocre and expensive with the exception of the soup dumplings.. The soup dumplings happen to be really good.. Get them there and stick to like super basics. Or just get like a bunch orders and call it a night.

        Though if they are from Europe they might not know what Chinese Food actually is considering some of the meals I have eaten in Spain and Italy at Chinese Restaurants..

        You can take them to Lan and tell them it's Chinese.

        1. re: Daniel76
          carcrash Jun 26, 2009 07:05 PM

          Going to dissent about Shanghai Pavillion-- don't go expecting super-authentic Chinese, but it's very good, fresh, Americanized Chinese food. Good General Tso's, good Pepper Steak, good Lo Mein.

      2. re: MMRuth
        kelea Jun 22, 2009 03:27 PM

        I had a Chinese New Year dinner at Chef Ho's. It is definitely one of the better Chinese food places I've been to in the city, and definitely the best uptown

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        Michael Ambrosio Jun 22, 2009 08:40 AM

        Wu Liang Le in 86th bet 2nd and 3rd is excellent.

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        1. re: Michael Ambrosio
          Daniel76 Jun 22, 2009 09:13 AM

          actually I forgot about them, I like that spot.

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          notsochubbychubette Jun 22, 2009 08:52 AM

          are you willing to travel a bit. THere isnt much besides fast food chinese joints up there (unless that's what you are looking for).
          Let us know

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          1. re: notsochubbychubette
            MMRuth Jun 22, 2009 08:55 AM

            Actually - there are a number of places that aren't fast food Chinese places - including the ones mentioned above. Also Our Place, though I've not been for awhile.

            1. re: MMRuth
              Stuartmc910 Jun 22, 2009 12:43 PM

              I second Our Place, 3rd and 82nd. Excellent service as well. Why the one on east 55th Street is so mediocre puzzles me.

          2. Polecat Jun 22, 2009 09:26 AM

            No one will believe me on this - except for Peter Cherches, maybe, as the tip initially came from him - but China Fun, on 2nd Avenue in the lower east 60's, serves up a bowl of wonton noodle soup that can do battle with the best in Chinatown. The roast meats, especially the duck, were succulent, tasty and juicy. I'd put it up there with my two or three best bowls in the city, and I'm a fanatic for the stuff. Disclaimer: I haven't tried anything else off the menu, and don't really want to.

            Here's Peter's piece on China Fun, along with another place called Kar Wan, on Word Of Mouth: http://petercherches.blogspot.com/sea...

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              lips Jun 22, 2009 12:29 PM

              Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. And you're right Daniel76 about the Chinese food in Spain, where I live -- it's awful -- despite the big influx of Chinese in recent years.

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              1. re: lips
                MMRuth Jun 22, 2009 12:50 PM

                By the way, if you are interested, I have a list of dishes that I've enjoyed there, including one that I think is off the menu - that is called Pinenut Duck.

                1. re: MMRuth
                  erica Jun 22, 2009 03:36 PM

                  At which place is the pinenut duck? I had no idea that Our Place had an uptown outpost. I was not bowled over the one time I ate at the one on 55th Street. Thanks!

                  1. re: erica
                    MMRuth Jun 22, 2009 04:35 PM

                    Wu Liang Ye. Somewhere I have a scan of the Chinese characters.

                    1. re: MMRuth
                      erica Jun 23, 2009 04:39 AM

                      Thanks! Also, did you know that a similar-sounding dish is on the menu at Our Place uptown, too? (Under "exceptional Dishes?"

                      1. re: erica
                        MMRuth Jun 23, 2009 05:26 AM

                        I didn't know that - thanks.

              2. sequins Jun 24, 2009 10:56 PM

                In addition to Wu Liang Le, I'd recommend with some confidence Cafe Evergreen on First Avenue btw. 69th & 70th -- a 10-min. walk at/for most from the 80s. It offers a fresh and solid (if not dizzyingly diverse) dim-sum selection on weekends -- served via actual carts, a rarity on the UES, and thus a Chinatown-ish experience possibly novel to your friends, in a decidedly UES setting (lots of families on weekends). On weekdays there's a shorter a-la-carte but cartless dim sum menu.

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