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Best Chinese food in Chinatown these days?

fauchon Jun 30, 2010 04:29 AM

DH & I are planning a Chinatown trip & would appreciate your help & advice...

  1. sgordon Jul 3, 2010 10:50 AM

    For fancier, big meals:
    Oriental Garden
    Amazing 66

    For cheap eats:
    Vanessa's Dumpling House
    Ah Ping Snack Bar
    Xi'an Famous Foods
    Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle (on East Broadway - not to be confused with LAN Zhou Noodle on Division, which is not as good...)

    Vanessa's Dumpling House
    118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

    Amazing 66
    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

    Oriental Garden
    14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Ah Ping Snack Bar
    2 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

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

    5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

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      Chandavkl Jul 1, 2010 08:54 AM

      The only good thing I have to say about Wo Hop is that it is better than San Francisco's House of Nanking, these two restaurants being Chinatown restaurants in their respective cities that have an inexplicable following in the midst of dozens of better alternatives within walking distance.

      Wo Hop
      17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: Chandavkl
        momosz Jul 1, 2010 11:06 AM

        I just had lunch at the great NY Noodletown on Bowery. I had the suckling pig and it was better than the pig I had at Botin in Madrid. The skin was thin and crispy, irresistible. The last time I was there I had soft shell crabs and they were outstanding.

      2. f
        FrankieLymon Jun 30, 2010 06:22 PM

        wo hop? ewwwww

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          monamiestephanie Jun 30, 2010 10:02 AM

          I'd also recommend Danny Ng's restaurant on 52 Bowery (btw Bayard & Canal Sts). They serve innovative Cantonese cuisine. However, I'd definitely recommend making reservations on weekends because it can be difficult to get a last minute table.

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            monamiestephanie Jun 30, 2010 09:59 AM

            I second scoopG's recommendation to steer clear of Wo Hop.

            New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe closed down. The restaurant's owner decided to open a Sichuan restaurant in its place (which 'hounds have given poor reviews to).

            However, the owner opened Old Yeah Shanghai Deluxe down the block on 50 Bayard St (@ Mott St). I had a family dinner there two weeks ago. Although they experienced a power outage for over a half hour in 80-90 deg weather, and most of their patrons left, we stayed and were glad we did. The food was even better than that served at New Yeah. I was especially impressed with their crab soup dumplings, whose meat and soup truly captured the crab flavor (unlike those I'd had a New Yeah, which didn't taste any different from their pork soup dumplings to me). It was, in fact, the best Shanghainese food I'd had in the US ever.

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            1. re: monamiestephanie
              buttertart Jun 30, 2010 10:42 AM

              If you order right at the Sichuan restaurant in the old Yeah it's quite good (not Little Pepper good, but good). I've posted on it favorably with photos. The new Yeah is basically as good as the old one, I haven't found the dishes we usually order to be better.

            2. scoopG Jun 30, 2010 09:06 AM

              I'd steer clear of Wo Hop.

              In General:

              Best Chinatown Restaurant:

              Best Dumplings:

              Chinatown Favorites:

              Fujian Noodle Shops:

              Specific Chinatown Restaurant Reviews:

              Amazing 66:


              East Corner Wonton:

              Jobee Taiwanese:

              Two Best Fuzhou Restaurants - Note the one on Forsyth Street has changed hands and is a small Fuzhou style buffet place:

              Great New York Noodletown:

              Red Egg:

              Shanghai Café:

              South China Garden:

              Other restaurants worth a visit:

              Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013.
              Fuleen Seafood at 11 Division Street, 10002.
              New Chao Chao at 111 Mott Street, 10013.
              Yogee Restaurant at 85 Chrystie Street, 10002.
              Yummy Noodles at 44 Bowery, 10013.

              South China Garden
              22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

              Great New York Noodletown
              28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

              Amazing 66
              66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

              East Corner Wonton
              70 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

              Red Egg
              202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

              3 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

              5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

              1. Nick F. Jun 30, 2010 07:40 AM

                Many opinions/threads on this (just search).

                I don't know about "the best", a contentious question. When I go to C-Town nowadays, I'm mostly looking for a fun, lo-scale time (preferable 5-10 bucks). For such a thing, check out 69 Bayard Restaurant, Wo Hop or Yeah Shanghai. Otherwise, talk to a better gourmet than me (or search).

                -Nick F.

                Wo Hop
                17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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