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What is your favorite Chinatown restaurant?

I want to go out tonight to some place new in Chinatown. I don't have any favorite spot here. I tried tasty hand pulled noodle - great cheap place, didn't like Joe"s Shanghai, and liked some Vietnamese places. Any recommendation?

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  1. Hi Butter 88. There are so many places to choose from. Why not consider one of these two recently reviewed places?

    Henan Flavor:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774685

    Hsin Wong:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765892

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    Hsin Wong
    72 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

    He Nan Flavor
    68 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. For Cantonese: Oriental Garden (best for fresh seafood), South China Garden (a little cheaper, good for land critters), Fuleen (solid sea & land fare - great preserved duck & taro soup, geoduck two ways)

      For Vietnamese: Cong Ly (specifically for the Pho) or Xe Lua (shrimp & grapefruit salad is excellent)

      For Sichuan: Old Sichuan

      For Fuzhou: Ah Ping Snack Bar (for pork, lamb, and rabbit - also the razor clam omelette is very good) or Best Fuzhou (for a more fish-centric meal)

      For a recently revamped and hip Dim Sum place: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

      For something brand new to Manhattan: He Nan Flavor

      For something a little different: Myanmar Fish Broth Soup at Lee Chung Cafe

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

      Cong Ly
      124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

      Fuleen
      11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

      Xe Lua
      86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

      Oriental Garden
      14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      Nom Wah Tea Parlor
      13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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

      Old Sichuan
      65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

      He Nan Flavor
      68 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

      Lee Chung Cafe
      82 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: sgordon

        South China Garden is also good for seafood.

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

          1. re: Butter88

            Whats up with the new location of the East Boat Lobster Place? How is that place...

            I really like Great NY Noodletown as it's been a favorite of my family for years.. The salt baked soft shell crabs are very nice.. I also like, their ginger scallions sauce, the duck egg rolls, the baby pig, and the little one loves the snails.. But, that is like my diner and wouldnt say much anything besides the salt baked crabs is extraordinary...

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            Lobster Boat
            11 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          2. re: sgordon

            Tell me more about Lee Chung; haven't heard much about it around here.

            At least one credible source, Dave "Eating in Translation" Cook, didn't find the Burmese stuff especially Burmese (see link from the Chow place record).

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            Lee Chung Cafe
            82 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: squid kun

              Well, given that there's only one Burmese restaurant in all of Manhattan that I know of - or for that matter in all of NYC - I haven't had much prior experience with Burmese cuisine. Actually, none, since I haven't been to that place.

              For all I know Lee Chung Cafe is "authentic" and the place uptown (Mingala or something?) is Americanized - or maybe they're both "authentic" but simply represent different styles from within the country - after all, Myanmar has Chinese, Indian, and Thai cuisines, and someone from the North might make a soup differently than someone from the South would make a soup with the very same name. A person from Chinese ancestry might make it different than one of Thai ancestry, because of whatever spices they were used to using growing up. As with Pho, there's no such thing as "authenticity" whatsoever.

              Not that it matters one whit. All that matters is if it's a good bowl of soup.

              In this case, the Mohinga was decent. I enjoyed it. A little spice, nice hint of lemongrass. I wasn't like, blown away by some exciting new taste sensation - but it was different enough from other SE Asian fish soups I've had to warrant adding it to my local noodles-&-broth rotation. Would I make a special trip / go out of my way for it? No. But I live in the area.

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              Cafe Mingala
              1393 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

              Lee Chung Cafe
              82 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: sgordon

                Will combine this and another thread shortly dealing with Lee Chung Cafe when I get a chance.

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                Lee Chung Cafe
                82 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: sgordon

                  this is interesting....i noticed this place before b/c its by poon kee and i actually saw them advertising it in the window and it just seemed out of place, ill have to try it out

                    1. re: sgordon

                      Intriguing. It definitely doesn't sound like normal mohinga. I've never had a bowl that actually had pieces of piece in it, more just a fish-paste infused broth. Lemongrass doesn't usually have a strong presence either. There are varieties of course, but this doesn't sound right. Will have to get there to give it a try...where I live, I normally eat mohinga at least once a week so I am pretty familiar.

                      I've never heard anything about mohinga made by people with Chinese or Thai ancestry (and Thais have their own version anyway), usually the style differences are between Myanmar's ethnic groups.

                      I haven't been to Cafe Mingala but from looking at their menu, what they serve is definitely not Americanized. Now, whether or not their RENDITIONS are Americanized, I can't say. It's a bit out of the way for me to try just for the sake of it...maybe if I start missing Burmese food too much in the next couple months that I'm back in New York though...

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                      Cafe Mingala
                      1393 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  1. re: sgordon

                    Myanmar Fish Broth Soup - aka Mohinga

                  2. Amazing 66 for Cantonese casserole dishes

                    South China Garden for lobster, seafood, and soup

                    Old Sichuan...only went once for lunch and it was good, but am planning a return trip after the good words here...

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

                    Amazing 66
                    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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                    1. re: Simon

                      the places i frequent are poon kee, henan, jm family noodle...shanghai cafe....famous sichuan

                      1. re: AubWah

                        Right now if I had to choose one spot, it would be Henan Flavor. Favorites include: Amazing 66, Xi'an and Old Sichuan. For hand-pulled noodles I've been digging Sheng Wang lately (their dumplings are awesome too).

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                        Amazing 66
                        66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                        Sheng Wang
                        27 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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

                        Old Sichuan
                        65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

                        He Nan Flavor
                        68 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

                          1. re: AubWah

                            Absolutely get the big tray of chicken-- and have them add their hand-pulled noodles. (Is there a specific name for this type of noodle?) That's way more than enough food if it's just you. Would probably get a pork pancake too regardless. If you've got someone else with you get a noodle dish. I posted about it on my blog (thanks again to Scoop): http://lawandfood.blogspot.com/2011/0...

                    2. Amazing 66 for their roast chicken, New Yeah Shanghai for their honeyed pork shoulder.

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                      Amazing 66
                      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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                            1. re: Chandavkl

                              its called old shanghai now

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                              Old Shanghai Deluxe
                              50 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                              1. re: Lau

                                But the giant New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe poster is in the window at Old Sichuan Restaurant.

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                                Old Sichuan
                                65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                          If I may suggest, please try Cantoon Garden for their crispy roast chicken with garlic, just be careful (if ordering in English) not to get chicken in garlic sauce instead ;-)
                          I would agree with he previous poster that BoZaiFun (casserole rice), meats (pork, beef), and soups are often better at Amazing 66, because they have a wider focus.

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                          Amazing 66
                          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                        2. Famous Szechuan on Pell directly across from Joe's Shanghai--Chendu double cooked pork: Yummy Noodle on Bowery ---Roast Pork Chow Fun Wonton Soup with Chili Oil.

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                          Yummy Noodles
                          48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013