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5 best restaurants in china town

bookpleasures Apr 30, 2012 12:28 PM

If you had to chose the 5 best restaurants in China Town NYC from point of view of food, price, service, cleanliness, etc. which ones would you chose?

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    nmprisons RE: bookpleasures Apr 30, 2012 01:35 PM

    xi'an famous (one under bridge) is my chinatown go-to place.

    1. scoopG RE: bookpleasures Apr 30, 2012 01:59 PM

      Amazing 66:

      Big Wong:

      Noodle Village:


      Henan Flavor:

      Famous Sichuan:

      Old Sichuan:


      Shanghai Deluxe Café

      Xian Famous Foods has two Chinatown locations. The one near the Manhattan Bridge does not qualify as a restaurant. No seats and no bathrooms - standing room only for 2-3 folks. Try their Bayard Street location.

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        nmprisons RE: scoopG Apr 30, 2012 02:36 PM

        I think this is a pretty good list. I would say:

        The food is consistently better at the Xi'an Famous one under the bridge. Get it to go and eat in the park.

        I have found Old Sichuan to be on a downward slope (or at least did during last year when I ate there some-what regularly).

        I prefer Nice (New) Green Bo to Big Wong

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          scoopG RE: nmprisons Apr 30, 2012 02:39 PM

          Have not been to Old Sichuan in a long time but Famous Sichuan is excellent. What do you like at New Green Bo? Big Wong I reserve for my Cantonese BBQ Roast Pork fix.

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            nmprisons RE: scoopG May 1, 2012 08:36 AM

            I'm with you on famous sichuan and agree that Big Wong has stuff on the menu that is good. i use to go to NGB with groups from work and we would order pretty widely on the menu. i think it is a reasonable choice for people trying to experience accessible chinatown treats without the over-sugared gloop often served elsewhere. We treated Big Wong the same way, but ended up going to NGB more often.

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              kurtt RE: nmprisons May 1, 2012 09:49 AM

              I stopped going to NGB after having a terrible meal. The food was greasy and the stir fried items had no wok hei.

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        Pan RE: bookpleasures Apr 30, 2012 06:40 PM

        Cleanliness eliminates Great NY Noodletown right away, since their bathrooms are notably filthy. Very good food and price, though.

        scoopG gave good recommendations, as usual.

        1. PHREDDY RE: bookpleasures Apr 30, 2012 06:53 PM

          Don't bothe unless you are willing to accept less than an B from the NYC DOH...they are all old and filthy...woHop....cocaroach city...66 ech....

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            Pan RE: PHREDDY May 1, 2012 02:25 AM

            Why even mention Wo-Hop? And no, I don't think you'll find that all restaurants in Chinatown, let alone all good ones, get less than a B from DOH.

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              uwsister RE: Pan May 1, 2012 03:09 AM

              I give you credit for actually understanding that.

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                foodwhisperer RE: Pan May 2, 2012 12:09 AM

                Actually, Wo Hop ( downstairs) has good lo mein and chow fun. Deot of Health ratings are very biased. They give multipoint violations for ridiculous things that can't be fixed so easily. Best thing is to look up what the violations were . If you see rat droppings on food don't eat there. If you see chipped paint you can eat without a problem. Improperly stored food is a biggie. Many sushi places get that one. You have to just look in the kitchen and decide . 30 Pell St used to have good food, I haven't been there lately. the new 456 is not bad. I like Golden Unicorn for dim sum.

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                  Simon RE: foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 08:57 AM

                  i agree DOH rating can be very biased...but unfortunately, if you look up what the violations are for, many/most places have rats and/or mice...

            2. sgordon RE: bookpleasures May 1, 2012 01:00 PM

              Tough to narrow down, but my own 5:

              Oriental Garden
              Ping's Seafood
              Xi'an Famous Foods
              ...and probably Famous or Old Sichuan, just to mix it up (three Cantonese already, don't want to add another...)
              ...and what the heck, Ah Ping Snack Bar to make it six and balance it out some more.

              I'd probably skip most Shanghainese places, or maybe just go for dumplings. Caveat being that I find Shanghainese food inherently less interesting than most other Chinese regional cuisines.

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                AubWah RE: sgordon May 1, 2012 08:36 PM

                I like Great NY Noodetown, Shanghai Cafe, Pho Grand, maybe the Henan snack shop? I don't eat in Chinatown as much as I used to

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                  foodwhisperer RE: sgordon May 2, 2012 09:51 AM

                  I will find out the name of the Shanghai restaurant that I frequent on Elizabeth St. ,with a friend who is from Shanghai. he says it is very authentic , and I enjoy several of their dishes including the dumplings.

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                    nmprisons RE: sgordon May 2, 2012 10:24 AM

                    Oriental Garden is a favorite of mine as well.

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