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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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  1. 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.

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

    1. 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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      1. re: JackieR

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

        1. re: JackieR

          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.

        2. 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.

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

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            1. re: PotatoPuff

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

            2. 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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              1. re: ahuva

                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.

                1. re: JackieR

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

                  1. re: GilaB

                    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.

                    1. re: GilaB

                      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