How To Enjoy a Great Meal in Chinatown
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.
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.
- Address: 69 Mott St.
- Phone: 212-349-9999
- Review: 456 Shanghai Cuisine from the New York Times
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
Deluxe Green Bo Restaurant
Specializing in Shanghai cuisine, Deluxe 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 St.
- Telephone: 212-625-2359
- Cash only
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
- Cash only
Great N.Y. Noodletown
Salt-baked shrimp and roasted pork are among the delicious offerings at this spartan Chinatown standby. It's open 'til 4 a.m., making Great N.Y. Noodletown a great choice for late night dining.
- Address: 28 Bowery
- Phone: 212-349-0923
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 at Oriental Garden.
- Address: 14 Elizabeth St.
- Phone: 212-619-0085
In addition to its fresh-killed fish dishes, Ping's 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
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
More Ideas For Where To Eat in NYC
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