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Mar 11, 2010 06:04 PM

Downtown/Chinatown Chinese

I'm going to an art opening on Saturday evening, and was wondering if there were some Chinese places of note in the area. used to go to Mon Kee years ago before it closed...

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    1. re: monku

      As I recall Hop Li was started by one of the people who had been a partner in Mon Kee. I think it is one of the best restaurants Chinatown has to offer. You want glitz go to Empress Pavillion. You want really good Chinese food in Chinatown you go to Hop Li and if he is still there and not retired try to get Joe as your waiter. Didn't see him the last couple of times I was there.

      Hop Li Seafood
      526 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. re: Hughlipton

        The Empress Pavillion is a delight for Dim Sum, but horrible at dinner. Why? I have not idea.

        You might try Full House, probably near the art gallery's opening.

    2. I like JR Bistro underneath Ocean Seafood. For take-out dim sum, I like the side entrance for CBS Seafood.

      1. I know it is viewed as inauthentic, but I always leave very happy and satisfied from Yang Chow. Spicy won ton soup to start, slippery shrimp, the eggplant with garlic sauce...

        1. We have deserted Empress Pavilion for Ocean Seafood, but only been there for dim sum which is fresh, full of variety, and very good. Friends also like Golden Dragon, but I haven't been.

          We also like Yang Chow, but you will never see a Chinese person in there; at least I haven't. I mean other than the staff.

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          1. re: NAspy

            I have been there recently and I am pleased to say that they have made a monumental come back in both quality and variety. I started eating at the Golden Dragon in 1968 and they were at the top of the heap but fell on hard times in the 1990s. My last trip there was several months ago and I was quite pleased.

            Golden Dragon Restaurant
            960 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            1. re: NAspy

              I second Ocean Seafood for both dim sum and dinner. The dining room is very nice.

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