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Jun 2, 2012 04:43 PM

Chinatown places besides Z & Y, Bund Shanghai

Going out with a friend tonight and thought about getting dinner in Chinatown beforehand. I've only been to Z & Y and Bund Shanghai - they are both great but I am looking to try a new place. Where else is good? I've read through the boards and found recommendations for specific dishes at specific restaurants, but no "decent overall" places besides those two.

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  1. Great Eastern on jackson is known for it's fresh seafood.......

    Loving Hut. (vegeterian),1365 Stockton (xvallejo)

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      Yes, when I think all-around good restaurant in Chinatown I think Great Eastern. I'm not sure it's a grab dinner before going out kind of place, though. It's too late now, but maybe take a look at Jonathan Kauffman's "Rice Plate Journal" survey of Chinatown.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Kaufmann's suggestions are good for lunch. not sure if the rice plate entrees are available for dinner. another question is whether some of these eateries (dim sum places) would be open for dinner.

        cheap, grab and go places:
        new lun ting(pork chop house), 670 jacksont st american and americanized chinese food
        new woey loey goey, 699 jackson st. cheap daily chinese/american specials
        capital, 839 clay st. , cheap chinese eats. most signs in chinese, english menu.

        1. re: shanghaikid

          I dream about the fried chicken wings at Capital. Places like Utopia are good for dinner as well as lunch.

          BTW, I'd be on the look out for multiple menus in Chinatown. We were having a chowdown at Bow Hun, and some people at a nearby table asked about something we ordered, and when I looked at their menu, it was different from the one we had. I suspect that some of the more visible restaurants in Chinatown have "tourist" menus.

          1. re: shanghaikid

            Even though it's called the Rice Plate Journal that's not all he orders.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            as you know, loving hut is vegan and franchised world wide.

            singapore curry mi fun and tom ka thai soup was unexpectedly subtly flavorful, tasty, and non greasy. msg use, if any, not noticed. didn't mind it was meatless.

            some items good value. some items pricey.

            note: they give out free samples at westfield (s.f) all the time. samples tasted good too.

        2. Yuet Lee at Stockton and Broadway. It's good enough for Calvin Trillin and me, it's good enough for you. Try the salt and pepper squid, scrambled eggs and prawns and any dry-fried fun (wok hay!). Also the squab costs the same as one at the store, and they cook it for you.

          1. r&g is worth mentioning i think. i've tried a number of dishes here, and all have been at least decent.