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May 21, 2010 12:47 PM

List of Ultimate Chinese food dishes in NYC

Hey all, looking for some of the experts out there to provide a list of MUST TRY Chinese food dishes in this great city. Doesn't have to be isolated to Chinatown although I suspect that is where the best is. Let's break this up into categories.. we can make it kind of like a "Best of" Chinese food reference for others as well!

I must admit I do not have much to contribute to the post since I have not tried too many Chinese in Manhattan. But this is definitely an area of recent interest for me. I especially love Roast meats like duck, pork, chicken that are hard to get on Staten Island. I have heard Big Wong King does great duck. Also heard raves for Amazing 66, Congee Village, Oriental Garden, NY Noodletown, Hop Kee, Shanghai Cafe, Nice Green Bo etc. for their food. Please list the name of the restaurant and as much detail about the description of the dish as possible. But I will start off with some categories:

Best Overall Restaurant
Best Roast Duck, Pork, Chicken
Best Crispy Chicken
Best Noodle dishes
Best Lobster dish
Best Crab dish
Best Soup
Best Dumplings
Best Eggs Rolls
Best dessert
Best... Whatever your heart desires!!

Amazing 66
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Big Wong
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Oriental Garden
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. I am no expert here on this subject but I have found Lau's recommendations to be exceptionally good. Here is what I had recently.

    Xian Famous Foods - Lamb Noodles Cumin, Lamb Burger and Pork Burger -- note that you will need to eat the lamb noodles in one of the parks nearby as it is not easy to eat and walk with like the burger and the place is tiny so it is unlikely you will get standing room there...

    A-Wah - I loved the peking duck buns unlike Lau who found fault with them, but I did agree with his praise of the Bo Zai Fan (claypot rice)- Pork and Sausage - awesome dish - be generous with the soy sauce btw...I really liked the ginger flan they had for dessert too - great for hot weather.

    Mei Lei Wah - Cocunut Buns unbelieveably awesome.

    Xi'an Famous Foods
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

    1. Right now the current "must try" dish for me is the Muslim Lamb Chop served up in Flushing at Fu Run. Might even be enough for you and not found at Keens - yet!

      Best Cantonese BBQ Roast Pork: Big Wong King at 67 Mott ( NY Noodletown is a distant second as I think they cut their slices too large.)

      Best Won Ton Soups: New Chao Chao @111 Mott.

      Best Beef Noodle Soup: 88 Food Sing Corp. @ 2 East Broadway.

      Best Noodle Dishes: NY Noodletown and Yogee @ 85 Chrystie.

      Best Pan Fried Dumplings: Prosperity @ 46 Eldridge

      Best $5.25 Lunch found at Amazing 66 - some 65 items to choose from and it includes soup, rice and tea. Make sure to ask for their special lunch menu otherwise you get handed the more expensive regular menu.

      If you are seen entering Hop Kee you will be excommunicated from CH!

      Some threads that might be of interest:

      Best Chinatown Restaurant:

      Best Dumplings:


      Shanghai Café:

      Cantoon Garden (Have they changed their name?):

      Amazing 66:

      East Corner Wonton:

      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Big Wong
      67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      85 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

      2 Replies
      1. re: scoopG

        Here's a photo of the Muslim Lamb Chop from Fu Run...

        1. re: scoopG

          Great thread! And now I understand that bank of cameras that just went up right outside Hop Kee.

          Hop Kee
          21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        2. interesting thread.

          best Cantonese BBQ (Roast Duck, Char Siu, Roast Pork, etc): Yee Li. i still don't understand why people pay so little attention to this place. i grew up on canto bqq so I think i have some idea what i'm talking about!

          Yee Li
          1 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

          1 Reply
          1. re: another_lau

            Did anything change when New Big Wang became Yee Li?

            Yee Li
            1 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

              1. re: bigjeff

                Wondering if mods can merge that part of the thread w/ this one? It'd be very helpful.

            1. noodles and soup i like noodletown (if we aren't including pho or ramen), dumplings-prosperity, soup dumplings-nan shian (flushing) I tried joe's shanghai in chinatown and it was a lot worse than the joe's shanghai in elmhurst which was the best i ever had but is closed now. my favorite comfort dish is a dish called gee oom gee pah it sounds something like that. its not on the menu of a lot of chinatown places but i think it's basically just salt and pepper pork chops. For duck, roast pork, and chicken my mom's favorite is big wong, make sure when you order roast pork you order it half lean\half fatty (boon fay boon sow in cantonese). for asian desserts i like kyotofu and spot. even though im half chinese and was basically brought up with food from asian bakeries i really cant stand any of the cakes from them. except maybe dan tot (egg custard), i like egg custard king because they have different flavors which is cool but their crust is too flaky to my liking. i personally would rather go to an asian grocery and buy from strawberry pocky sticks, a grass jelly drink, and mochi than get a pastry at an asian bakery. but if u do go to an asian bakery be sure to try bubble tea if u never had.