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plf515 Jan 13, 2014 03:33 AM

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?

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    AubWah RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 04:00 AM

    Your best bet is asking specific questions on this board

    1. coasts RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 04:37 AM

      Lau, who contributes a lot to this board, maintains a great blog:

      https://www.lauhound.com/category/cit...

      Could be a good jumping off point.

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        Lau RE: coasts Jan 13, 2014 09:05 AM

        well thank you!

      2. scoopG RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 04:55 AM

        Here’s a self-guided Chinatown food tour I designed a few years ago that might provide a start:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7116...

        General overview:

        I. Cantonese:

        A-Wah
        New Branch
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929965

        Original
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7021...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724549

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

        Café Hong Kong
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904820

        Cha Chan Tang
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776130

        Congee Village
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/923224
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841573

        Fuleen
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816585

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

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

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

        Oriental Garden
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764593

        Dim Sum Options
        Dim Sum Go Go
        http://dimsumgogo.com/
        http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

        Red Egg
        http://www.chow.com/manhattan_digest/...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6101...
        http://www.redeggnyc.com/

        II. Fujian

        Best Fuzhou Restaurants (Note the Best Fuzhou one on Forsyth Street is now Spicy Henan).
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483902

        New Rong Hang
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851928

        Fujian operated Homemade, Hand-Pulled Noodle spots
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

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

        III. Henan

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

        (Spicy Henan is run by Fujian owners who bought the place from the original Henan owner: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774685).

        IV. Sichuan

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

        Old Sichuan
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7424...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753976

        V. Shanghai

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

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

        Shanghai Café Deluxe
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769840
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704166
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583263

        VI. Xian
        Xian Famous Foods at 67 Bayard St.
        http://www.xianfoods.com/

        Best Dumplings thread
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/525768
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6098...

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          plf515 RE: scoopG Jan 13, 2014 05:12 AM

          That will keep me busy for a while! Thanks

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            c oliver RE: scoopG Jan 15, 2014 08:58 AM

            We're heading that way in Feb. This will get a workout. Thanks, SG.

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              scoopG RE: c oliver Jan 15, 2014 09:01 AM

              You are welcome!

          2. iluvcookies RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 05:03 AM

            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!

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              plf515 RE: iluvcookies Jan 13, 2014 05:13 AM

              Thanks. Yes, Lau's posts are great.

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                swannee RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 06:07 AM

                And his photos are great, too!

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              Lau RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 09:17 AM

              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

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                plf515 RE: Lau Jan 13, 2014 10:51 AM

                I will be dining alone (almost always) and it will be lunches rather than dinners (again almost always)

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                Lau RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 09:27 AM

                hmm maybe ill just write a formal post on where to eat in chinatown

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                  Monica RE: Lau Jan 13, 2014 09:49 AM

                  and update it every 6 months or so. =)
                  I can't wait until the weather gets better so I can take a long lunch trip to Chinatown.

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                    Lau RE: Monica Jan 13, 2014 10:44 AM

                    well i actually think once its written, it would be fairly easy to update...the sad truth is not that much opens in chinatown these days that is super exciting (usually its something that closes), but hopefully exciting stuff opens

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                    plf515 RE: Lau Jan 13, 2014 10:50 AM

                    That would be great!

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                      Lau RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 11:06 AM

                      alright well i guess i should do it then, it shouldn't take me too long

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                      howdini RE: Lau Jan 15, 2014 07:48 AM

                      This would be greatly appreciated, to have a list of your recs in one post...if you do it, please include what to order at a given restaurant!

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                        Lau RE: howdini Jan 15, 2014 08:03 AM

                        well my posts have what to order, i'm thinking ill create one on my blog then just update sometimes when something worth mentioning is put up

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                          howdini RE: Lau Jan 15, 2014 08:14 AM

                          Yay!

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                            fourunder RE: Lau Jan 15, 2014 08:46 AM

                            ...or what not to order,,,,

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                        plf515 RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 10:52 AM

                        Today I ate at Bo Ky. I had country duck and mustard greens. Both were quite tasty. I got the idea of the country duck from one of Lau's posts and I added the mustard greens for some vegetables (and I like mustard greens)

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                          comiendosiempre RE: plf515 Jan 13, 2014 06:05 PM

                          Another plug for Lau's blog, it is great.

                          The postings above are also very informative. At the same time we are trying to branch out more to Flushing. General consensus is that the food is better out there...

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                            Lau RE: comiendosiempre Jan 13, 2014 06:37 PM

                            thanks, most food is better in flushing thats for sure with the exception of bakeries, congee and cantonese BBQ; everything else is better though and far more breadth of chinese cuisines

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                              AubWah RE: Lau Jan 14, 2014 05:57 PM

                              Where do you think is the best bbq in flushing? Corner 28? Tasty roast house?

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                                Lau RE: AubWah Jan 14, 2014 06:17 PM

                                im not even sure actually, everytime i try bbq in flushing ive been like its just ok...so ive kinda given up, but if you have a rec let me know

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