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wishupon Aug 11, 2013 01:04 AM

My little brother, an Asian food buff, is visiting me in Manhattan, and I want to take him on a trip to Chinatown that includes a great (budget friendly) meal AND a trip to a market or two where he might have access to ingredients not readily available to him at his generic Asian grocery store back home in the Maryland suburbs.

Any recommendations are welcome!

Sarah

  1. scoopG Aug 11, 2013 02:31 PM

    Grocery shopping:

    Kam Man at 200 Canal:
    http://www.newkamman.com/

    Deluxe Food Market on Elizabeth:
    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/deluxe-food-market/

    Bangkok Center Grocery:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/bangkok-center-grocery-new-york-2

    Dining:

    Amazing 66:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340879

    Big Wong King:
    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/big-wong-king/

    Café Hongkong:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904820

    456:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770707

    Famous Sichuan:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753398

    Food Sing 88 Corp:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824272

    Best Fuzhou (The former Best Fuzhou on Eldridge is now Spicy Henan):
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483902

    Double Dragon:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714304

    Great New York Noodletown:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678367

    Mei Li Hua:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605528

    Noodle Village:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493604

    Old Sichuan:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742493
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753976

    Shanghai Café Deluxe:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583263
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769840

    Shanghai Heping:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841090

    Spicy Henan:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895519

    Xian Famous Foods:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673306

    Dim Sum:

    Dim Sum Go Go:
    http://dimsumgogo.com/

    Red Egg:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/905126

    http://www.chow.com/manhattan_digest/6625?tag=search_results;results_list

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610102?tag=main_body;topic-610102

    http://www.redeggnyc.com/

    Nom Wah:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768644

    Serious Eats Guide:
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/04/gu...

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      Ttrockwood Aug 11, 2013 02:19 PM

      I recommend staying away from canal street and walking the eastern edge of chinatown along grand street/elizabeth/mott and instead of a "meal" to stop various places for snacks. This would be best around lunchtime vs dinner. Hong kong super market is a good place to check out but has gone downhill lately. There are also a few random markets with produce stalls outside along grand st that are good including one that is thai. "Wonderful bakery" at 280 grand st (i think the sign outside says "deluxe bakery") is where i stop for a snack, their green tea fried sweet with sesame paste inside (plate of 3) is unique and recommended.
      The hot sweet mini cakes from a street vendor are fun too

      1. p
        pravit Aug 11, 2013 01:37 PM

        For Chinese groceries, there are tons of stores north of Canal street on Elizabeth and Mott. Hong Kong Supermarket and NY Mart are modern supermarket-style groceries that have all manner of Asian groceries and tons of snacks and candy (the entire basement of HK Supermarket is snacks, dried food, and tea). Deluxe Food Market, which is basically a tunnel connecting Mott and Elizabeth north of Hester, has lots of prepared food items like roast duck, steam tables, and even a bakery. There are also lots of fruit and vegetable and seafood vendors on Mott between Hester and Grand, and also on Grand street east of Elizabeth.

        1. k
          knucklesandwich Aug 11, 2013 09:03 AM

          Just go to the Bayard Street market. They've got everything from crocodile legs to "frank steak".

          1. coasts Aug 11, 2013 06:38 AM

            Would you consider doing a crawl rather than one meal?

            You could have a few orders of dimsum at Nom Wah, grab a bubble tea, do some shopping at Hong Kong Supermarket, sesame pancakes and dumplings at Prosperity, and finish at Xi'an.

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