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Chinese food rec in Chinatown? Lunch or dinner, lower budget

I am not big on Chinese food, however I will be in NYC New Year's weekend with 2 people who have never to NYC and they want to try a good Chinese restaurant. Any recs for a place to try in Chinatown? I thought it would be nice to show them the real Chinatown, away from Canal St.
Any recs for a low budget yet tasty Chinese meal? Maybe under $15 per person?
Thanks!

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  1. I'm sorry, but I do not understand the comment of staying away from Canal Street, unless you mean about traffic and congestion........ the only places that come to mind with your parameters set are;

    Amazing 66, Hsin Wong and NY Noodletown

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    1. re: fourunder

      Maybe it's been awhile, but when I think of Canal St. I think of fake purses. When I think of Chinatown, I think of the pigs hanging in the windows, fish being sold on the sidewalk, etc. I am open to any good Chinese restraunt in Chinatown, sorry for any confusion.

      1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

        Good news....two of the three places I suggested have pigs hanging in the window,,,,,,as well as chickens, ducks, spare ribs and red roast pork. Seafood is also on the menu.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/342344

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641411

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648487

    2. Depends on your preference for dishes and how much you care about ambiance. There are tons of recommendations if you search this board. I'd add Big Wong King for wonton soup. Many also like Cantoon Garden, particularly for seafood.

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      1. re: sholli

        Second Big Wong. No ambience. Good food, meets your budget. Salty fish and chicken diced rice, roast duck, yum.

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Third for Big Wong. Many dishes are under $6.00, so all 3 of you could conceivably get lunch for about $20 total.
          My recs are Wonton Noodle Soup, Roast Pork Omelet, rice crepes. YUM!

          1. re: iluvcookies

            I'm a big fan of Big Wong for over three decades, especially for their Roasted Duck and Soy Sauce Chicken....but my only gripe is they do not offer Roasted Pig or the more desirable Suckling Pig. Hsin Wong and NY Noodletown always have Roasted Pig and on weekends, usually the Baby Pig.

            1. re: fourunder

              I tried Hsin Wong for the first time recently and was impressed by their Roast pork omelet. Roasted pig is something I have yet to try but it sounds excellent.

        1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

          Lan Zhou hand pulled noodles on East Broadway for a plate of fried dumplings and noodle soup with fried pork chop. Definitely under $15pp and authentic but not really a restaurant. No hangin' pork in the window. Or Super Taste on Eldridge.

        2. Lunch or dinner? If lunch is OK try dim sum at one of the large Chinese restaurants such as Jing Fong which will give you a Hong Kong style ambience.

          1. Thanks everyone, we ended up eating at Amazing 66. I really wanted to try Big Wang but we couldnt find it. At Amazing 66 we had the wonton soup, short ribs, beef and brocoli, some sort of chicken and chow mein, everything was good but I could not stand how the servers literally hovered over our table the entire time staring at us. Good food, annoying service, (however, the service was fast!) Thanks! :)

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            1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

              Too bad, it was right across the street from Amazing 66...

              Big Wong
              67 Mott

              1. re: fourunder

                Errrrr!!!!!! Darn, someone told me it was on Elizabeth St. and I could not find Elizabeth. I will have to check it out next time. Thanks!

                1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

                  Elizabeth St. is one block east of Mott.
                  And if I'm not mistaken you can actually see Big Wong from the doorstep of Amazing 66.
                  Glad you enjoyed you trip, now you have a place for next time :)

                2. re: fourunder

                  big wong is easy to find its right on the corner , but if you turn the wrong corner, you cant find it :( i always chuckle