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JackieR Dec 25, 2012 07:08 AM

Okay, folks, It's Xmas. We know what that's supposed to mean for Jews. Chinese food and a movie. But I was just reflecting that as far as I know, there isn't any good kosher Chinese in Manhattan anymore.

Am I wrong?


(Or maybe the point on Xmas is to eat BAD Chinese?)

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    avitrek RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 08:41 AM

    Estihana, Eden Wok(midtown), and Gan Asia are all open. I'll leave it to you to decide if they're good. Eddie Huang is also doing Kosher Chinese at Jezebel today. http://ny.eater.com/archives/2012/12/...

    Although for $88, it better be more than just good.

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      JackieR RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 11:44 AM

      Okay, well maybe that should be the question. is there good kosher Chinese in Manhattan or anywhere nearby?

      (Sorry but I kind of hate those 3 places, although I loved Eden Wok when it was on 72nd and had a hibachi table)

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        kosherfoodie1226 RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 12:33 PM

        Buddha Buddai is very good, if you are ok with the hashgacha. It is all vegetarian.

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          helou RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 01:40 PM

          We had food from Estihana last night and it was pretty good. My frame of reference, of course, is only other kosher Chinese places, so I don't know how someone very discriminating about Chinese food would feel.

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          CloggieGirl RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 02:37 PM

          Buddha Bodai is your best bet for good Chinese. Estihana, Eden Wok, and Gan Asia are comparable to the cheap places you see on corners with the backlit picture menus.

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            PotatoPuff RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 06:24 PM

            I think there is also a kosher Chinese place in Washington Heights

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              GilaB RE: PotatoPuff Dec 25, 2012 06:49 PM

              Chop Chop. But it's not a place I'd describe as 'good.'

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              ahuva RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 07:51 PM

              I've always been disappointed by kosher chinese (not that i've ever had the alternative) so i tend to make my own. in brooklyn i like shang chai, though - it's on flatbush ave and ave r and they make a great won ton soup - plus they have a liquor license - score!

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                JackieR RE: ahuva Dec 25, 2012 08:02 PM

                I can"t believe shang chai still exists! I remember it from about 1000 years ago. I agree re kosher Chinese food (and I also haven't tried the alternative). There was a good Chinese restaurant on the uws in the early 90's called Taam Hunan. The food was not sweet, gloppy, and single note as most kosher Chinese restaurant food tends to be, and with fresh, clear flavors. Unfortunately, it was more expensive and didn't survive.

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                  GilaB RE: JackieR Dec 26, 2012 07:13 PM

                  Rumor has it that Shang Chai is closing at the end of the month.

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                    kosherfoodie1226 RE: GilaB Dec 26, 2012 07:18 PM

                    I'm not surprised. My parents a'h lived nearby . We used to order in from there every once in a while. It hasn't been good in a long time. If you want good Chinese in Long Island, go to Chosen -very good.

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                      cheesecake17 RE: GilaB Dec 27, 2012 06:17 AM

                      Doesn't shock me. Went once 2 or3 years ago with friends. Food looked and smelled terrible. Place was dingy. I think I ate brown rice and a diet coke

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                  Hirscheys RE: JackieR Dec 25, 2012 10:02 PM

                  Haven't had great kosher chinese in manhattan in awhile. If you really want great kosher chinese, best bet is head to queens, where there are a few good options, or elizabeth, where new kosher special makes surprisingly good chinese food. On the island, the vegetarian options are better, like Wild Ginger.

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                    cheesecake17 RE: Hirscheys Dec 26, 2012 10:51 AM

                    We like Wild Ginger or Vegetarian Ginger in Brooklyn. Also in Brooklyn, Fuji Hana.

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