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Dec 23, 2012 05:33 PM

Best Chinese for Christmas Day

After a hurricane, early snow and Thanksgiving, our family has decided to follow a new (for us) tradition this year and have a Chinatown Christmas. We have three kids, all adopted form China, ages 6 to 10 and two friends joining us. We hope to open gifts in the morning and head to either Manhattan or Flushing in the afternoon. We want some excellent Chinese food in a place where children are welcome. Any ideas?


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  1. Chinatown in Manhattan will be PACKED. This is for lunch?

    What kind of Chinese food would you like? Dim sum, Cantonese, Shanghaiese, etc?

    Also how big is your group? 7 people, including the kids? You may be waiting for a table for a bit.

    You need to post on the Outer Boroughs board for Flushing.

      1. We always go on Christmas day, usually around 3-6:30 and have never had any issues with crowds and get a table fairly quickly. This year is the 1st we are missing out due to schedule conflicts, we were going to go to Shanghai Cafe. Our kids love soup dumplings and there's are pretty good.

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        1. re: michele cindy

          The other option is, go early, no later than 10:30 AM at the latest.

        2. I would add Congee Village on Allen St. Go mid afternoon to avoid crowds. In Flushing there are also many choices.

          1. Come to Flushing: it's too large to get crowded, even on Christmas. What kind of regional Chinese food do you like?