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Hop Kee first opened in 1968, and since then has become a staple on the list of best Chinese restaurants in the city. Everyone from families to late-night partiers counts Hop Kee among their staple restaurants. While you can find all the basics at Hop Kee like chow fun, sweet and sour pork or won ton soup, the real reason for the restaurant's popularity is the menu of specialty items. Sample delicacies like pan fried flounder, Cantonese-style snails and Peking-style pork chops. If you're looking for casual and reliably good Chinese dishes, Hop Kee is the place for you.
Wo Hop is the quintessential Chinatown joint. From the wall of framed photos of famous customers to the checkered linoleum floor, the feeling is one of a well-loved, favorite restaurant; and that it is, it has been thriving since it opened in 1938. From the kitchen come huge portions of Cantonese dishes like dumplings, duck lo mein, subgum vegetables and many, many more. What's even better, they stay open all night, so you can always satisfy your late night cravings.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor claims to have the longest running dim-sum shop in NYC and since 1920 this restaurant has been serving these delectable little dumplings at this address. For a bit of history, this storefront is located on the Bloody Angle, one of the city's most notorious alleys in which many Chinese gangs shed blood throughout the 19th Century. Despite the mayhem which then existed, today, Nom Wah diners eat classic siu mai and drink hot jasmine tea, just as it was done along the Silk Road hundreds of years ago.
Taste amazing pork and crab soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere, and you'll see diners wearing a satisfied expression in the dining room. Although prices are a little above the average for the neighborhood it's worth it once you get a taste of the dim sum served here. Only cash is accepted at the restaurant, so make sure to plan for that.
Great New York Noodle Town is a bustling restaurant in Chinatown serving salt-baked soft-shell crabs and other delectable Chinese dishes. You'll find that they're not too picky about presentation, placing the most emphasis on the taste of the food. You won't find any fancy decor here, but the food and value more than makes up for this. For those with late-night cravings, Great New York Noodle Town is open late to keep you happy. Make sure to bring cash, since they don't take credit cards.
For almost a decade, Mooncake Foods has eschewed the greasy wok and deep-fryer for healthier cooking options like steaming, roasting and grilling to the delight of svelte inhabitants in trendy Soho. The kitchen focuses on simple plates and each dish is created by hand. Menu highlights include cold jicama rolls, wonton soups, buckwheat noodle salads and plenty of filling sandwiches, try the steak & roasted peppers with garlic mayo, it is one of their best. Other options include their amazing dinner plates such as the New Zealand lobster tail and the Hangar steak, the latter best served with their homemade Chimichurri sauce. Most people say one of the best things about Mooncake is their affordability.
Having already made waves and picked up a slew of awards in Philadelphia, Han Dynasty's New York outpost brings the zesty flavors of Sichuan to the East Village. The menu offers an array of meat in such delightful preparations such as dry pot style, hot saucy style, pickled chili style and kung pao style. There's a little selection for the kids as well. The interiors are done up in vibrant hues, with clean lines and striking Chinese-inspired artwork adorning the walls.
Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine to New York foodies. Located at the east side of Chelsea Market, this 16,000-square-foot (1486-square-meter) restaurant has a decidedly ultra chic look. Indulge your taste buds and choose from exotic dishes made from vegetables and meats, including shrimp, fish, chicken, beef, duck, and lamb, all served with a Chinese twist. The trendy restaurant has even been featured in TV and movies like Sex and the City.
The Peking Duck House is one of those Chinese restaurants that has a loyal fan following among New Yorkers who enjoy good Chinese food. Of course, the famed status is not without reason. Besides the usual chicken, beef and pork, you must try their namesake Peking duck, which is authentically prepared.
Treat yourself to Chinese cuisine the next time you are in Lincoln Center. Located very close to the performing arts center, Shun Lee offers elegant cuisine, complete with ornate decorations and romantic lights. The dragon sculpture that greets one in the dining area bears testimony to the authenticity of the restaurant, making it a preferred choice of locals in the mood for the real thing. Duck liver with Chinese mushrooms, smoked fish and noodle soup with braised tendons are classic favorites.