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Apr 3, 2010 07:31 PM

Chinatown and Central Park lunches.

Looking for help on a couple of different things.

Visiting NY for the first time and want to spend a day exploring some of the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo. But I am looking for a cheap place in Chinatown for lunch.

I have read about NY Noodletown and Big Wong King. Those any good? Any other suggestions?

Also, doing a day exploring Central Park. So need a place for tp grab a nice picnic lunch or maybe a place inside the park. Also looking for it to be cheap.

thanks for the suggestions. I am having a great time building our trip around suggestions on Chow.

Forgot to add. But looking for a Deli near Grand Central Station. I heard Junior's should not be considered as a viable deli option. Anything else close by?

Big Wong
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. For deli - Sarges isn't far from Grand Central, and there's a Mendy's in the food concourse at Grand Central itself. The sandwiches at the Oyster Bar have been getting some attention lately too.

      1. Here is a recent thread on Chinatown reco's... I think you might have seen it already.

        A couple more places you may want to visit are: Shanghai Cafe (on Mott Street.. north of Canal).. it's just blocks away from Little Italy. They serve Shanghai Cuisine and you can get their rice plates or noodle soups pretty cheap. Nyonya (again, north of Canal Street, on Grand Street, across the street from Ferrara's Bakery) is a Malaysian restaurant. It costs a little more than other Chinatown places but still cheap compare with the rest of Manhattan.

        I think LIttle Italy has sort of "merged" with Chinatown since a lot of Chinese restaurants and stores have opened up north of Canal. You might be able to visit Little Italy and eat at a relatively authentic Chinese restaurant there!

        199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

        Shanghai Cuisine
        89 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013