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Chinatown this weekend - Chinese New Year

villager21 Feb 13, 2010 08:31 AM

Hey Everyone,

With the Chinese New Year tomorrow, what is going on in Chinatown? Is it worth exploring? Are the celebrations just tomorrow or also today.

Any specific food to check out while there?

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  1. Polecat RE: villager21 Feb 13, 2010 05:07 PM


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      small h RE: villager21 Feb 13, 2010 05:42 PM

      I posted a similar query specifically seeking restaurant advice...


      and got zero responses (sad face). Polecat's link doesn't have any restaurant-related info, either. And I've had no luck searching online. But I'm still hopeful that someone, somewhere, will offer guidance. If that doesn't happen, we'll wander aimlessly and see what we find.

      1. scoopG RE: villager21 Feb 14, 2010 04:13 AM

        Even though the MOCA website shows the parade next Sunday, there is one today as evidenced yesterday by all the barricades being put up and the DSNY crews removing snow and putting down salt. Be prepared for large crowds and limited mobility. Here's a start:

        Amazing 66:

        Cantoon Garden:

        East Corner Wonton:

        Great New York Noodletown:

        Shanghai Café:

        Fujian Noodle Shops:

        DIM SUM

        Red Egg:

        or Chinatown Brassiere:

        More Dim Sum threads:

        1. 2slices RE: villager21 Feb 14, 2010 06:22 PM

          I just ate at Cantoon Garden, it was packed but we were only 2 and they sat us within 5 minutes. We went by AMazing 66 first and they weren't even putting names on the list.,

          1st time at Cantoon Garden and it was absolutelu fantastic. This was one of the best meals I had in NY in a long time, ok since Minetta Tavern last week. Here's what we had

          Steamed Dungeoness Crab w/ Garlic
          Salt baked squid
          Steamed carp with ginger and scallions
          Eggplant w/ ground pork casserole.

          Everything was fantastic, I dont have a single comlpaint. We got the crab cuz they were out of lobster, but I'm so glad we got it. I could go on and on but there's no point. This was the best Chinese meal I've had outside of China in a very long tome and it rivals plenty of the good meals I've had in China.

          I must note that I've never been to Guangdong or Hong Kong, Wenzhou is the farthest south I go so I can only compare it to their food which is heavy seafood.

          Oh god that crab.

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            buttertart RE: 2slices Feb 15, 2010 06:25 AM

            I love Cantoon Garden and agree with you 100% on its quality. Must try the crab next time, we're fixated on the lobster.

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              small h RE: 2slices Feb 15, 2010 06:46 AM

              We also ended up at South China Garden (fka Cantoon Garden) last night. And we contributed to the lobster sell-out - sorry! I couldn't remember whether I liked the seafood with bean curd casserole or the seafood with tofu casserole, and I ended up ordering the wrong one. It was still pretty good, but it didn't have that awesome sauce, which may be fermented shrimp or something similar. I love this restaurant. I have enough leftover pea shoots for three more meals.

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