HOME > Chowhound > Philadelphia >
What are you cooking today? Share your food adventure

One weekend: one Chinatown place, two for foodies

Rona Gindin Jul 5, 2013 05:23 AM

Zipping into Philly for a quick three-day stay. Please find me a Chinatown restaurant that will make me weep that I live in Orlando, and a couple of great city places for dinner--cheap or fancy, as long as the food is amazing.


  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. c
    cwdonald Jul 5, 2013 06:03 AM

    I would start with Zahav and get the Mesibah prix fix menu with the lamb shoulder.

    Chinatown is hard... you could go for Sang Kee Peking Duck, Rangoon for Burmese cooking, Nan Zhou Hand Drawn noodles for great noodle soups, or perhaps for a lighter meal, Dim Sum Garden. I am not sure they will bring tears to your eyes, but they are good food.

    Perhaps for one additional foodie experience either the Reading Terminal market with its myriad of choices, or perhaps a trip down to the Italian market and a sandwich at Paesanos, or perhaps Georges Tripe sandwich.

    3 Replies
    1. re: cwdonald
      Rona Gindin Jul 6, 2013 07:01 AM

      What a great community you have here in Philadelphia. Sincere thanks for the quick replies. I'll be happy to help if you ever find yourselves traveling to Orlando.


      1. re: Rona Gindin
        crazyspice Jul 6, 2013 07:37 AM

        We will be in Orlando for a week in October. I will reach out in early October for your recommendations. Thanks!

        1. re: crazyspice
          Rona Gindin Jul 8, 2013 04:23 AM

          I'll be more than happy to help.

    2. b
      Bob Loblaw Jul 5, 2013 07:52 AM

      The Chinese place that everyone's talking about lately, oddly enough, isn't in Chinatown - it's a place called Han Dynasty, that has a few locations (and tons of mention on other threads).
      In Chinatown, I like Sang Kee for duck, and for their soups (wanton noodle, and triple dumpling). Mandarin Garden (I think that's the name) probably has the best soup dumplings I've had in Philly.
      Sang Kee has a stand in Reading Terminal Market, FWIW.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Bob Loblaw
        cwdonald Jul 5, 2013 08:13 AM

        I think its Sakura Mandarin ... and it definitely has more atmosphere than Dim Sum Garden (until DSG moves to their new digs... )

        1. re: cwdonald
          Bob Loblaw Jul 5, 2013 08:16 AM

          yes, that's it, thanks.

      2. Chemicalkinetics Jul 7, 2013 08:16 AM

        Philly Chinatown, right?

        It really depends what you want.

        If you are looking for Cantonese Dim Sum, then I recommend: Ocean Harbor, Ocean City or Joy Tsin Lau.

        If you are looking for Cantonese BBQ or congee, fried rice, noodle, then I recommend: Ting Wong or M Kee.


        If you are looking for Shanghai Style Dim Sum, then I recommend: Dim Sum Garden.

        If you are looking for Szechuan cuisine, then I recommend: E Mei or Four Rivers.

        If you are looking for late night live fishes, live lobsters, then I recommend: Tai Lake or Jade Harbor.

        Can you tell us a bit more that what you are looking for?

        2 Replies
        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
          Rona Gindin Jul 8, 2013 04:24 AM

          I hadn't thought out what I want. I didn't realize you have such diversity. We'll probably go for Szechuan.

          1. re: Rona Gindin
            Chemicalkinetics Jul 8, 2013 04:48 AM

            I see. Then I recommend E Mei on Arch:


            or Four Rivers on Race:


        2. a
          arepo Jul 7, 2013 07:42 PM

          I will respond to the other two places.
          Bistrot la Minette for classic French with a punch and Estia for Greek Seafood.
          Both a cut above.

          1. j
            JanR Jul 8, 2013 03:15 AM

            Littlefish in Bella Vista. Wonderful seafood byob.

            1. b
              barryg Jul 8, 2013 05:16 AM

              Eater's Top 38 list is a good way to get some ideas for your other meals: http://philly.eater.com/archives/2013...

              Show Hidden Posts