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Jan 11, 2011 08:54 AM

My Chinatown Dilemma

I don't live in NY, but visit very often, many times with a friend or relative in tow seeking the "real NY experience". Invariably, we end up in Chinatown for dinner. My wife's favorite Malaysian place on Mott street is no more, so we end up in a random restaurant and wing it. I am a Wo Hop fan but my wife refuses to go there any more.

So, my question is: Which restaurant in Chinatown do you take an out-of-town guest and what do you order there?

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  1. South China Garden is great. Click on the link for the best dishes.

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

    1. Amazing 66:

      East Corner Wonton:

      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.

      1. 22 Elizabeth Street and 100 Mott Street

        1. The aforementioned South China Garden is my favorite Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown, but it's a banquet restaurant, so I think to really get a great experience there, you probably need at least 5 people.

          Otherwise, my go-to places would include Noodle Village (caveat: I've been there only once so far, but I liked it a lot) and Great NY Noodletown. By the way, I hate Wo-Hop, but I find that people who like Wo Hop usually like Noodletown, which, with the exception of the often overly old wontons and shrimp dumplings, does Cantonese food the right way. Their roast duck is great and, along with Wing Huang's, the best I've had in Chinatown.

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

          Noodle Village
          13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: Pan

            As with the opening post my wife HATES Wo Hop. I love it. Since marrying her 11 years ago I think i've only been there two times with her. She likes NY Noodletown which I thing is overrated. Their soups are always lukewarm and their main dishes all have the same flavor. (Disclaimer: we don't eat offal or other current trendy in meats, seafood, etc.).

            The only time I've been able to go to WH is the few times I was called for jury duty. However, I've reached the age where they don't call me. Oh well, perhaps I'll need a "boys' night out" and go there by myself.

            Wo Hop
            17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: Stuartmc910

              What do you mean by all the main dishes having the same flavor? I don't get that. The dishes with Chinese chives taste the same as those with pea shoots, and those taste the same as the barbecued items and the salt-baked items, etc., etc.?

              (Aside: There's no age that's too old to be called for jury duty.)

              1. re: Pan

                As I said we don't order the exotic things on the menu and what we do order all tastes the same.

                Aside: Well, they stopped calling me when I reached 70. I used to be called almost every four years.

                1. re: Stuartmc910

                  What do you consider "exotic"? Any of the things I mentioned?

          2. If you want to explore other Malaysian options, Overseas Asian ( is definitely worth a try. The other area Malaysian joints are okay if there's a craving for it.

            Overseas Taste
            49 Canal St, New York, NY 10002

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            1. re: villainx

              Overseas Asian is also just OK. I think Skyway is probably still the best Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown, with the caveat that it's been years since I went to New Malaysia in the Chinatown Arcade.

              11 Allen St, New York, NY 10002