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I'll be with my family on a Sunday night. This trip my 12 year old son get to choose the food, so he opted for Chinese (of course all he eats is sesame chicken, sesame noodles, and eggrolls) We are coming from northern New England and have experienced that just about any Chinese in the city is better then the best we can get here. I would love to find a place with tons of atmosphere and cheaper then Ruby Foo's playground. Chinatown is fun, but I had also thought Szechwan Gourmet on 39th to get my Dan Dan noodle fix. Any thoughts?

Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Ruby Foo's
1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

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  1. That is cool that your son has expressed an interest in Chinese food, when i was that age I only ate that kind of stuff too, before I was exposed to authentic Chinese cuisines. I think it would be interesting to get an authentic taste of Hong Kong with the the atmosphere to boot at South China Garden restaurant at 22 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown. If you order the lobsters with XO sauce (2 for $25), crispy chicken with garlic sauce, maybe peking pork chops....maybe a casserole..just stick to Hong Kong style...This would be a truly memorable family dinner

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

    1. While Szechuan Gourmet's food is generally good, I have to say that their dan dan noodles are pretty weak. Lan Sheng across the street does a much better version.

      When you're talking about "atmosphere," are you looking for a place similar to Ruby Foo's in appearance? Because South China Garden's food is great, but it's a fluorescent lights and plastic bagging as tablecloths type of place.

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

      Lan Sheng
      60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        Ruby Foo is less "atmosphere" more "nightmare"

        1. re: AubWah

          he's 12...he would probably love it!

          1. re: jefpen2

            I don't think you're going to find a restaurant in Chinatown with a Ruby Foo-like atmosphere. The closest approximation I can think of is Chinatown Brasserie (bit North of Chinatown). Menu is a bit less expensive than Ruby Foo's and food is probably better. Their dim sum is rated very highly. There's also Buddakan in the Meatpacking district, but prices are higher than Ruby Foo's.

            While not exactly what you're looking for, your son may enjoy dim sum at Jing Fong. You can do a google image search on "jing fong" to see the ambiance.

            75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Chinatown Brasserie
            380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

            Jing Fong
            18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: Miss Needle

              2nd vote for Chinatown Brasserie. they're often featured on various websites with 30% discounts.

              Chinatown Brasserie
              380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      2. I vote for Legend on 15th Street and Seventh Avenue.Awesome Dan Dan noodles, Pork Dumplings with Chili Oil, Pork Belly(aka Homemade Bacon) with Chili Leeks.Simple and Tasteful decor.Pleasant servers. . Awesome!!!!!!!!

        88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: sagetom

          +1 for Legend: excellent hotpot.