11 Recommended Chinatown Restaurants

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    How To Enjoy a Great Meal in Chinatown

    Soup dumplings
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    Chinatown dining is a great choice for visitors to New York City. Manhattan's Chinatown is a popular tourist destination, with affordable, delicious restaurants, many of which can easily accommodate both groups and families with children.

    One of the key ways to have a great meal in Chinatown is to figure out what sort of cuisine is the restaurant's specialty. China is an enormous country with a variety of different cuisines, and Chinatown is home to many restaurants from different areas of Asia, including Vietnam and Malaysia. Sure, you can order lo mein or soup dumplings at many Chinatown restaurants, but you'll find that the lo mein is better at a Cantonese place and the soup dumplings are best at a Shanghainese spot.

    In the restaurants featured in this list, we've tried to include of their specialty as well as any particularly great dishes to try.

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    456 Restaurant

    456 Shanghai Cuisine
    ••• 456 Shanghai Cuisine. Heather Cross

    If you're looking for soup dumplings in Chinatown, 456 is a great choice for this Shanghai staple. Eggplant in garlic sauce packed a little spice and was as good as I've ever had, and the extensive menu offers plenty of other delicious options, including stars marking all the dishes recommended by the NY Times review.

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    Amazing 66

    Amazing 66
    ••• Amazing 66. Heather Cross

    Amazing 66 offers diners a clean and cheerful spot among the chaos of Chinatown for enjoying Cantonese standbys that are a notch above average. There are plenty of large, round tables making this an ideal choice for groups, but there is also comfortable seating for smaller parties.

    • Address: 66 Mott St.
    • Phone: 212-334-0099
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    ••• Congee. Heather Cross

    Shrimp in walnut sauce, anything prepared with ginger and scallions and the various congees are all popular choices at Congee.

    • Address: 98 Bowery
    • Phone: 212-965-5028
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    The Grand Sichuan

    Grand Sichuan Restaurant Chinatown
    ••• Grand Sichuan Chinatown. Heather Cross

    If you're looking for spicy, Sichuan cuisine, Grand Sichuan International is the perfect Chinatown choice. Stick to the Sichuan dishes (ma po tofu, wontons in spicy oil, fresh-killed chicken) and you can't go wrong.

    • Address: 125 Canal St
    • Phone: 212-625-9212
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    Green Bo Restaurant

    Nice Green Bo Shanghai Restaurant
    ••• Nice Green Bo Shanghai Restaurant. Heather Cross

    Specializing in Shanghai cuisine, Green Bo restaurant is a great place to get Lions Head, yellow fish with dried seaweed and rice cake dishes, as well as soup dumplings.

    • Address: 66 Bayard
    • Telephone: 212-625-2359
    • Cash only
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    Hop Kee

    Hop Kee Restaurant
    ••• Hop Kee Restaurant. Heather Cross

    Fill up on the deliciously cheap offerings at Hop Kee. From pan-fried flounder and salt baked squid to chow fun and roast duck wonton soup, Hop Kee makes old Chinese standby dishes taste delicious.

    • Address: 21 Mott St
    • Phone: 212-964-8365
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    N.Y. Noodletown

    Great N.Y. Noodletown
    ••• Great N.Y. Noodletown. Great N.Y. Noodletown - Minube.net

    Salt-baked shrimp and roasted pork are among the delicious offerings at this spartan Chinatown standby. It's open 'til 3 a.m., making it a great choice for late night dining.

    • Address: 22 Mott Street
    • Phone: 212-602-9988
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    Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong

    Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong
    ••• Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong, Mulberry Street. Fried Neck Bones…and Some Home Fries.com

    This Vietnamese restaurant serves delicious pho, despite the charmless interior. Fans of the restaurant enjoy many of the beef dishes on the menu, particularly the beef in grape leaves and the warm beef salad.

    • Address: 73 Mulberry St
    • Phone: 212-233-8988
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    Oriental Garden

    Oriental Garden Restaurant in Chinatown
    ••• Oriental Garden Restaurant in Chinatown. Heather Cross

    Excellent Cantonese-style seafood dishes, as this is their specialty. Here, you can see the live fish that will soon become your dinner in the many fish tanks throughout the restaurant. Stick with the fresh seafood dishes for the best meal here.

    • Address: 14 Elizabeth St
    • Phone: 212-619-0085
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    Ping's Seafood

    Ping's Seafood
    ••• Ping's Seafood. Heather Cross

    In addition to its fresh-killed fish dishes, Ping's Seafood is known for serving delicious dim sum. The pleasant atmosphere and credit-card friendly policy at this Cantonese seafood restaurant in Chinatown mean that there are often lines, but they move quickly.

    • Address: 22 Mott St.
    • Phone: 212-602-9988
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    Wo Hop

    Wo Hop Restaurant in Chinatown
    ••• Wo Hop Restaurant. Heather Cross

    Open 24 hours, Wo Hop is a great choice for late night Chinatown dining. Chop suey, chow fun, and other typical Cantonese dishes are delicious if a little greasy. Service is quick, and there is a steady stream of customers no matter when you dine. The walls are plastered with photos of customers, some famous, but mostly not, giving you something to look at while you wait for your food at this subterranean restaurant.

    • Address: 17 Mott St
    • Phone: 212-962-8617
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