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Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

oceans Dec 15, 2013 10:59 PM

I would like suggestions for a good Chinese restaurant not too far from West 42nd Street for Christmas. We are mostly interested in good food, but a nice atmosphere would be a plus. We are four adults, one of whom is vegetarian.

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    diprey11 Dec 16, 2013 06:23 AM

    Szechuan Gourmet, on 39 St between 5th and 6th, would be a natural fit: great food, reasonably nice decor. We ate their so many times with a friend who is a Hindu and a strict vegetarian, and he would always enthusiastically return to the place. If you are planning to visit on the X-mas day, I suggest you reserve a day in advance.

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      Bob Martinez Dec 16, 2013 07:23 AM

      A strong second for Szechuan Gourmet.

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        AubWah Dec 16, 2013 11:12 AM

        Strong third

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      alc Dec 16, 2013 06:26 AM

      I like Tang Pavillion on 55th between 5th and 6th.

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        MarieLuncheonette Dec 16, 2013 08:16 AM

        hakkasan for uspcale chinese cuisine on west 43rd street

        also look into ollie's and wu liang ye for sichuan food.

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          oceans Dec 17, 2013 04:10 AM

          Thank you for all these suggestions. We went to Szechuan Gourmet last year for Christmas. Sorry I did not mention that. The food was excellent. However, it was very crowded and noisy and they seemed to have very little for our vegan. I welcome any more suggestions. If there is someplace you think would be really good for us, but it is not Chinese, I am now open to that too.

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            coasts Dec 17, 2013 04:47 AM

            Marseille has a $45 prix fixe menu and reservations available. it's a pretty restaurant and could be nice for the holidays.

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              Pookipichu Dec 17, 2013 06:37 AM

              Have you been to Hakkasan? It's probably the best restaurant near West 42nd street, there aren't a whole lot of options., Chinese or otherwise. Or Esca?

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                Ttrockwood Dec 17, 2013 02:03 PM

                Vegan? Original post says vegetarian..... Big difference for menu options.....

                Sakagura has great vegan and omni options, call about xmas day. Its on the east side of 43rd but worth the walk/cab/bus:

                Be sure to read on their site about the entance location due to construction

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                  oceans Dec 17, 2013 03:15 PM

                  Yes, she is vegan. Initially I was just looking for Chinese where it usually does not matter as they usually do not use dairy products and it is easy enough to avoid eggs. Sakagura looks great and like a nice change. Thank you for the recommendation. Do you know other restaurants that are good for vegans and omnis? We know a few excellent vegan restaurants but not too many omni.

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                    oceans Dec 17, 2013 03:21 PM

                    Oh no!!! Sakagura looked perfect but we will have to save it for another time. We are going to a show on 42nd Street that starts at 7:30 and Sakagura opens at 6:30 on Christmas Day. Now I really want to try it too.

                    1. re: oceans
                      kathryn Dec 17, 2013 03:21 PM

                      Have you seen this? It's not exactly what you're looking for but could be useful.

                      Where to Eat with Vegetarians and Meat Lovers in NYC: An Omnivorous Guide to 60 Restaurants

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                        oceans Dec 18, 2013 04:46 AM

                        Thanks Kathryn. I will see if there is anything interesting here.

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                        Ttrockwood Dec 17, 2013 09:25 PM

                        Ah, well hopefully you make it at some point on your visit.
                        The article kathryn linked to is great.
                        Red egg has a number of vegan choices
                        Le pan quotidian has a surprising number of vegan options- good for lunch
                        Nyc bagels are actually vegan, and most shops also have tofutti cream cheese (the pick a bagel on 8th ave and 53rd might be closest to where you are staying for a good bagel)
                        Westville (all their locations) has a good number of choices
                        Nish nush and taim (actually all veg) and gazala's palace are middle eastern with delicious vegan options
                        In nyc traditional pizza dough is vegan (!) so ordered without cheese is an option. Don antonio is not far from where you are staying:

                        However, also note that calling ahead and asking any restaurant about a special vegan meal is an option-in nyc its not as unusual as you would think.

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                          oceans Dec 18, 2013 04:52 AM

                          Thank you so much. We do frequently call ahead and ask for something vegan, but prefer to go someplace with a few choices for her. She suggested a Thai restaurant, Qi, Bangkok Eatery. I still need to check to see if it is open on Christmas day, but are you familiar with that restaurant by any chance?

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