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

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  1. 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.

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    Wo Hop
    17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    1. I'd steer clear of Wo Hop.

      In General:

      Best Chinatown Restaurant:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/531040

      Best Dumplings:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/525768
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6098...

      Chinatown Favorites:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/540082

      Fujian Noodle Shops:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

      Specific Chinatown Restaurant Reviews:

      Amazing 66:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340879

      A-Wah:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7021...

      East Corner Wonton:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6113...

      Jobee Taiwanese:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528055

      Two Best Fuzhou Restaurants - Note the one on Forsyth Street has changed hands and is a small Fuzhou style buffet place:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483902

      Great New York Noodletown:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678367

      Red Egg:
      http://www.chow.com/manhattan_digest/...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6101...
      http://www.redeggnyc.com/

      Shanghai Café:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583263

      South China Garden:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6792...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5894...

      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.

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      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

      Jobee
      3 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

      A-Wah
      5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

      1. 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

          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. 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.

            1. 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.

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              Wo Hop
              17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: Chandavkl

                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. For fancier, big meals:
                Oriental Garden
                Fuleen's
                Ping's
                Amazing 66

                For cheap eats:
                Vanessa's Dumpling House
                Ah Ping Snack Bar
                A-Wah
                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...)

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

                Amazing 66
                66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                Fuleen
                11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

                Oriental Garden
                14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

                Ping's
                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

                A-Wah
                5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038