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Jun 22, 2009 04:45 AM

Chinese on Upper East Side?

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

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  1. 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: Lettucepray

        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

          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

        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

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

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        1. re: Michael Ambrosio

          actually I forgot about them, I like that spot.

        2. 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

            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

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

          2. 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:

            1. 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

                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

                  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

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

                    1. re: MMRuth

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