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Jan 8, 2010 11:16 AM

Ching's Table - New Canaan, CT voted #1 Best Chinese Restaurant in Nation (Chinese Restaurant News)

My husband just told me that News 12 reported that Ching's Table in New Canaan, CT was ranked #1 nationwide. Who would have thunk a place from CT could win this.

"LAS VEGAS – Chinese Restaurant News announced today the Top10 Chinese restaurants in the country. The winning restaurants received the Overall Excellence Award, the most coveted award amongst Chinese restaurateurs. The announcement was made at the 6th Annual Top100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards show held at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Organized by Chinese Restaurant News, the Top100 Awards Show is a national event that recognizes, cultivates and preserves the best in Chinese cuisine."

Below Link to read further.

Of note: Lau Sze Chuan (The Chicago location) was also listed in the Top 10, and those of us in the New England board love their Milford, CT location.

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  1. Same management, same menu as Wild Ginger, which has gotten numerous harsh complaints in the past here on CH.

    My favorite of the group is Penang, Greenwich. Consistently good for years.

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    1. re: menton1

      Yes, friends brought home an unexpected visitor with their take out from the Ridgefield location of Wild Ginger. YUCK.

    2. Cool info--thanks for sharing, and yes we certainly do (love LSC in Milford)! :) And, as you're the one who started the whole thread that got everyone going and posting, cheers to you, cheereeo!

      Lao Sze Chuan Chinese Restaurant
      1585 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460

      1. Yeah, it's funny that one of the criteria is cleanliness and their sister restaurant, Wild Ginger (mentioned in the article) has been often mentioned here on CH as failing many Health Dept inspections...

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        1. re: menton1

          I remember that vividly and agree that's pretty funny. While we're discussing Wild Ginger, I'd like to clarify it's completely different from Wild Ginger in Orange, CT (which is one of my favorite sushi spots in our state).

          1. re: kattyeyes

            I thought April 1st was in, know, April...?

            What a laugh...the whole of flushing must be green with envy...

        2. holy crap that's a terrible survey. I mean, Ching's Table? It's nothing more than above average suburban Chinese. I guess I could see that ranking if it were the best suburban American-Chinese in Connecticut, maybe. But there's far better (and far more authentic) just over the border in Westchester, and far, far better in New Jersey, and far, far, far, far better in Manhattan and every borough. And there are hundreds and hundreds better in San Fran and in LA... I could go on and on.

          It's not that I'm being overly harsh on Ching's. I like it just fine and go there on occasion. But putting it on a national level just reveals the overwhelming poor taste of the general public. That sounds really elitist and I'm not elitist - far from it - but a vote in survey like this is just inane. I just guess the folks that own Ching's must have a lot of friends...

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          1. re: adamclyde

            Yes, it's a really DUMB survey. Perhaps even corrupt. Silly. Yes, I agree, Adam, that there are dozens and dozens of better Chinese restaurants in NYC and Flushing!

            1. re: menton1

              I think they must have got it wrong...I think it probably won the "best shit representation of suburbanized chinese food on main street new cannan". They got my vote on that for sure...

              1. re: Scotty100

                You're right, Scotty. If Ching's is THE BEST in the country, this is one pathetic country.

                Ching's is good, but Bao's and Central Seafood and Spring Asian are good too.

                THE BEST in the country.

                What a joke. Sounds like someone was paid off.

            2. re: adamclyde

              In the area, Ching's is the best. However, as oft lamented on other threads, Lower FFD Cty lacks truly outstanding Chinese. The most glaring reason of course is there is no indigenous Chinese community here ... theirs is an urban culture. cf: Flushing, Chinatown. If there's no Chinese in the Hood, don't expect good Chinese restaurants. (The growth if the Indian community in Stamford accounts for the recent explosion of great Indian fare. As well as PC hispanic)

              Secondly, the Chinese-American suburban food tradition traces back to the "glop" that Jewish families craved on Sunday nights in their midcentury diaspora from the City to LI, Jersey, and Ct. ( The very territory of this Board.) Arthur Schwartz writes affectionately of this in his wonderful Jewish Home Cooking, especially the attraction of Jews to Chinese because of the non mix of dairy and meat, their disguise of forbidden foods, and the cheap prices, not to mention they're open Christmas Eve. Tradition Tradition Tradition.

              Finally, there's nothing like chinese for food on the run, cheap dates, and takeout. Not the setting for fine cuisine.

              Guess our best hope is Cook It and They Will Come.

              1. re: louuuuu

                Saturday, not Sunday nights for us to go out for Chinese

            3. Jfood thinks the world of Chings and it, with Sushi 25, are the best Asian in FFD county. Extrapolating that to the rest of the country is a long putt though.

              But in any event, jfood has his hat off to Ching's for winning an award for great food, which it has, and placing our small town on the culinary map. New Canaan does have some really great eating spots.

              The Szechuan dumplings and Pad Thai from Sushi 25 last night were outstanding.

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              1. re: jfood

                J-On the New England board there is a thrread about Lao Sze Chaun in Milford. I was chosen as an inspector judge in this industry magazine competition. I also reviewed 2 of the top 10 winners. but not in Connecticut.

                The reviews were all performed by NON-industry professionals, with strict grading standards. However subjective taste was NOT allowed into the judging.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  thanks B and welcome back from the frigid south.

                  good thing they leave the tasting to us chopstick-challenged foodies.

                  1. re: jfood

                    There were more than 150 items on the judging form, decor, service, timimg, food portion size, temperature, meets menu description, etc. BUT nowhere did the judge get to say whether the dish tasted good. This would be too subjective.

                    Judges were people who do professional service evaluations (mostly undercover) in hospitality, retail, banking, etc.

                    I was told that after the list had been narrowed down, some professional food people were sent out to a number of plac es to break ties.

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      Wonder where they would be rated for service, Bet not top 100 in Fairfield county!

                      1. re: tgseaver


                        given the service level, people still swarm in droves. Imagine how much better it would be if the service was as good as the food.

                      2. re: bagelman01

                        wait, hold on. You mean they did a restaurant ranking but didn't allow the taste of the food as a criteria?

                        Man, if only I had had college finals like that.

                        1. re: adamclyde

                          This ranking was in an industry magazine and for the trade, it was NOT for the public.

                          The public needs/wants reviews of food to make a decision whether or not to eat at the restaurant.

                          When an industry chooses a 'Best' restaurant it acknowledges standards and excellence as opposed to the cooking prowess of the chef.

                          1. re: bagelman01

                            Interesting.The general public won't know that and when Ching's puts up the 'best in the U.S.' sign on its window, the general public will think it really is.

                            Very interesting.