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Sep 6, 2010 01:29 PM

chinatown brasserie

i am from Boston but regularly travel to New York. I want to know if Chinatown Brasserie is as good as it gets in New York City for Chinese food.

Chinatown Brasserie
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Depends what you're looking for when you say "Chinese food". I still contend that it has the best dim sum in NYC, but not necessarily the best yumcha experience. When I was in Boston a month ago my friends took me to Hei La Moon and I thought that was mediocre at best.

    Other than the dim sum though, I find nothing particularly special (justifying the price) on the rest of the menu.

    1. Great dim sum, but pricey. I wouldn't order anything else there. And I'd definitely head to another restaurant for anything else (Sichuan, seafood, etc)

      1. I wouldn't eat there at gunpoint

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        1. re: AubWah

          But the food is pretty good. I wouldn't give it to anyone as a number one choice, but guns don't come into it.

          1. re: AubWah

            Why not? There are many posts on this site about the dearth of Chinese food in this neighborhood. It's not cheap, but the food is consistently better than average, they deliver promptly, and if my choice is there or the Grand Szechuan on St Marks, this wins, hands down.

            1. I'd say the best dim sum in Manhattan. Like fooder says, not the best or greatest yumcha experience. Many folks cannot unwrap themselves about paying higher prices for quality ingredients in well apppointed digs (with a bar) from a master dim sum chef, Joe Ng. (Although with his new venture I am not sure how much time he will spend at CB.)