I'm looking for good Chinese restaurants (preferably in Chinatown, but it doesn't have to be) that are very good but that are sufficiently "Americanized" so that my non-foodie wife and 9-year old daughter will enjoy them. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.
Pretty much any of the better ones still have "Americanized" items - your General Tso's Chicken, etc - on the menu along with the more esoteric stuff. And even among those that don't, there are always dishes that don't involve sea cucumbers or goose intestines.
For my money, the best of the current Cantonese places:
Oriental Garden (best for fresh seafood, probably my current favorite place in Chinatown. A little pricier than some of the others, but worth it for the freshness of the fish and the skill of the kitchen.)
South China Garden (cheaper than OG, and better for land critters)
Ping's (also excellent for seafood, and not strictly traditional - has more creative dishes hidden among the menu that embrace Southeast Asian influences. Was great when it opened, then kind of middling for awhile, but seems to be back on track.)
Fuleen (another seafood specialist, but a wide variety of other things as well. Has the most of the aforementioned esoterica on the menu - turtle, geoduck, "black moss", etc etc etc)
South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
11 Division St, New York, NY 10002
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Big Wong King:
East Corner Wonton:
Great New York Noodletown:
New Chiu Chow:
Shanghainese – introduce them to soup dumplings!
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous:
He Nan Flavor:
And as sgordon mentioned:
No visit to Chinatown is complete without a visit to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory!
If you like dim sum, try Chinatown Brasserie. The dim sum is lovely and very child friendly with appealing shapes and colors.
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012