I've decided to start exploring more of Chinatown. I've seen a lot of posts about individual restaurants from many people here, but I was trying to find a general guide - a few recommended places for each cuisine or something like that. I tried searching but didn't find anything.. Does such a thing exist?
well depends what ure looking for, so a couple things:
1) types of cuisine: Chinatown is really dominated by Cantonese and Fuzhou food, but there is some shanghainese, a couple sichuan places, one henan place and some other random stuff. You have the greatest breadth for cantonese cuisine. The fuzhou places are either xiao chi places (dumplings, noodle soups, fish balls) or these seafood places which are largely unexplored at least on chowhound.
2) you're going to need to decide how many people you'll be with because certain places are fine to eat by yourself or with just another person or something, but others specifically alot of the more sitdown places you're really going to want to go with a group of people usually at least 4-5 people because it will be family style
I'll write something up later for you
My personal recs from places I've been recently:
Roast pork over rice--Big Wong
Soy Sauce Chicken over rice--Big Wong
Xiao long bao (called tiny buns on the menu)--Nice Green Bo
Gai mei bao--Manna House Bakery
Dumpling Noodle Soup (I usually get mei fun noodles)--Bo Ky
And Lau's posts are great--they are definitely worth a read!
Here’s a self-guided Chinatown food tour I designed a few years ago that might provide a start:
Café Hong Kong
Cha Chan Tang
Great New York Noodletown
Mei Li Wah
Dim Sum Options
Dim Sum Go Go
Best Fuzhou Restaurants (Note the Best Fuzhou one on Forsyth Street is now Spicy Henan).
New Rong Hang
Food Sing 88 Corp
(Spicy Henan is run by Fujian owners who bought the place from the original Henan owner: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774685).
Xian Famous Foods at 67 Bayard St.