What's the best Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, not for take-out, but for going out?
That depends on whom you ask, and what you like.
To get the flavor for what New York's famously cranky food critics like, here's a brief summary of which Chinese eat-in restaurants in Brooklyn have caught the attention of various professional foodies from New York Magazine, the Daily News, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and The New York Times, as well as websites and influentials Eater, Yelp, and Zagat, among others.
Ten Best Chinese Restaurants in Brooklyn
1. Pacificana: There's agreement among the Daily News food editors, Zagat and the The New York Times that Pacificana is worth a visit. This big, open place upstairs from a bank is the only New York Times Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn that earns a "critics pick." They serve traditional Cantonese and fusion dishes for dim sum -- and large portions of both. This Sunset Park favorite attracts locals and visitors, so arrive early to avoid a wait.
2. Grand Sichuan House: New York Magazine's "critics picks" include Bay Ridge's Grand Sichuan House for fiery Szechuan dishes. Grand Sichuan House is located in the heart of Bay Ridge's shopping district. Walk off your meal, perusing the aisles of Century 21.
3. Micheal & Ping's: This consistently well-reviewed spot in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn is a certified green restaurant. Head to Michael & Ping's for a modern take on traditional Chinese cuisine.
Have Lo Mein or order an Asian Panini.
4. Dao Palate Vegan: Located on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Dao Palate Vegan gets a shout-out for both healthful food and decor. Their Asian-fusion menu includes some Indian spiced dishes as well, expanding the usual range of options.
5. Lucky Eight: Food editors at two newspapers, the Daily News and The NY Times both happily stumbled on tiny Lucky Eight, which draws a family crowd for cheap, filling, Cantonese cuisine.
A "small place with a big repertory," is how the Times described the Sunset Park restaurant, which is presumably named after Eighth Avenue on which it is located.
6. Chance: Time Out New York critics like the upscale restaurant Chance in Cobble Hill, notable for an unusual fusion menu featuring French and classic Chinese dishes such as House Peking Duck.
7. East Harbor Seafood Palace: For dim sum, Yelp reviewers by the dozens give high marks to the family-oriented East Harbor Seafood Palace at the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, known for its banquet style presentation, and of course, seafood dishes.
8. M Shanghai Bistro and Garden and M Noodle Shop: Foodie Williamsburg, too, has a few very good Chinese restaurants. New York Magazine likes M Shanghai Bistro and Garden on the south side and M Noodle Shop on the north side of the neighborhood.
9. Yun Nan Flavour Garden: Noodle fans should visit Yun Nan Flavor Garden in Sunset Park for rice noodles with pork, noodles with spicy meat sauce and other flavorful dishes. The budget-friendly noodles shop attracts folks from all over the city and made Eater's impressive list of the 25 Terrific NYC Chinese Restaurants.
10. Cafe Kashkar: Skip the old school Chinese food and have a meal of authentic cuisine from "Kashgar or Kashi is an oasis city with approximately 350.000 residents in the western part of the
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China." Foodies flock to this restaurant in Brighton Beach, with a menu that combines Asian, Middle Eastern and Russian food.
Yes, the menu has noodles and kebabs. Cafe Kashkar also made Eater's list of 25 Terrific NYC Chinese Restaurants. Order Geiro Lagman (noodles with meat and vegetables) or choose from their many soups including Lagman (lamb broth with potatoes, vegetables & cut meat).
Edited by Alison Lowenstein