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pk5352 Nov 12, 2011 06:49 PM

Hey all-
Want to take my kids (6 and 8) for their first Chinatown dinner on Sunday night. I haven't been in years. I want something that's going to be fun for them, but also good for me. They are pretty adventurous, and I'll eat anything thats put in front of me. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
pk

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    fourunder Nov 13, 2011 07:39 AM

    For the kids, any restaurant that has dumplings....and or, a fish tank (Chatham?)

    For you,.....

    Amazing 66
    Oriental Garden
    Fuleen Seafood
    Royal Seafood

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    Amazing 66
    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Fuleen
    11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

    Oriental Garden
    14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    Royal Seafood Restaurant
    103 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Cheeryvisage Nov 13, 2011 10:07 AM

      Chinatown Ice Cream Factory if you feel up to it despite the chill. :P

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      Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
      65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

      1. Chandavkl Nov 13, 2011 10:41 AM

        Jing Fong for the escalator ride?

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        Jing Fong
        18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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          swannee Nov 14, 2011 08:23 AM

          New York Noodle town?
          Congee Village on Allen St. for the whole scene?

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          Great New York Noodletown
          28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

          Congee Village
          100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

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            AubWah Nov 14, 2011 03:19 PM

            Honestly I would go to Shanghai Cafe. The Shanghai dishes...braised pork with knotted bean curd, beef with hot peppers and dry tofu especially are ideal for adults. The Chicken Fried Rice is the best I've ever had, perfect for kids. The soup dumplings are great and the kids might like them too (just make sure they don't eat them too hot) and the spicy cabbage cold appetizer is delicious.

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            Shanghai Cafe
            100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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              Lesliepbg Nov 20, 2011 11:35 AM

              I like Shanghai Cafe too. We usually get a rice cake dish and an order of the soup buns (I prefer the ones without crabmeat, but that's my taste). The service is a bit rushed, forgetful sometimes but the food makes up for it.

            2. sgordon Nov 15, 2011 11:17 AM

              Fuleen & Oriental Garden aren't really places I'd take kids - they're a bit more expensive, a little more refined... things that would be wasted on kids that age. There are good places at lower price points, though.

              The suggestion for Congee Village, though, I think was spot-on. It's fun, goofy, colorful, over-the-top. It's not in Chinatown "proper" but it's only a couple blocks from it. And the Americanized Chinese dishes (the kind your kids will probably love) are done decently - we were just there a couple weeks ago with an out-of-town guest whose Chinese food tastes run to Sesame Chicken and the like. Well, go figure the Sesame Chicken was one of the best things we got that night - the chicken stayed nice and crispy even under all the sauce. I wouldn't order it regularly (or ever - their salted fish, chicken and eggplant casserole is more to my personal tastes) but I certainly wouldn't complain if someone else at my table ordered it.

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              Congee Village
              100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

              Fuleen
              11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

              Oriental Garden
              14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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                spear Jan 9, 2012 07:57 PM

                Recently went to Congee Village on the Bowery and actually had the congee. I had not liked it very much in Thailand or when a friend made it from Thanksgiving turkey leftovers a few years ago. So I was leary to say the least. We ordered the chicken, duck & pork congee and it was wonderful!

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                Congee Village
                100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

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                  Pan Jan 10, 2012 03:09 AM

                  Try the congee at New York Noodletown now. It's a lot thicker. I like both (except for that one-off time when the congee from Congee Village on Allen St., the original, not Congee Bowery, came lumpy), but I like New York Noodletown's better. Not only is it thicker, it has more "stuff" (non-rice content) in it.

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                  Great New York Noodletown
                  28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

                  Congee Village
                  100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

              2. michele cindy Nov 19, 2011 05:04 AM

                For some reason my original post was deleted... I recommended either Shanghai Cafe, since most kids really love soup dumplings, and South China Garden. While SCG doesn't have anything out of the ordinary to "occupy" them, the energy alone and the various dishes going by will intrigue the kids enough. Out of the 2, I prefer SCG. If you do a search on either you will find lengthy discussion on their food.

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

                Shanghai Cafe
                100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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                  kosmose7 Nov 20, 2011 03:32 PM

                  Oh I love South China Garden's lobster. Two pretty big lobsters stir fried with ginger and scallion, for $25! Yummy.

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

                   
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                  smiley4life25 May 7, 2012 12:58 PM

                  it depends on what you want. For noodles, I like Boky and gotta have their duck(on Bayard or grand st). For somewhat family style,
                  I like Congee at 98 Bowery so far, good food with decent portion sizes. Also I don't mind Amazing 66 on mott st.
                  For little meals Yuen Yuen and New green Bo pretty great on Bayard. These are my go to restaurants from recomendations and personal tastings. What do you guys think?

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