In Chinatown, deciding what kind of Asian cuisine to eat might take you longer than actually eating. Cantonese, Shanghainese, Szechuan…. and those are just the Chinese cuisines! Thai, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, and others round out a list of fares representing a gastronomic dream for lovers of Asian food. More than 10 distinct Asian fares grace Chinatown's bustling streets. The abundance of cuisines reflects the various origins of immigrants to Chinatown, a neighborhood that has been steadily growing for some 150 years.
Another great aspect of dining in Chinatown is the value. Most menus are as inexpensive as they are diverse, leaving groups as pleased with the check as they were with the food.
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Buddha Bodai Vegetarian Restaurant
Vegetarian Chinese offering over 200 dishes, and kosher too!
Dim Sum in a modern, clean setting, with memorable view of the Manhattan Bridge.
The "Dim Sum Palace," rated in top five restaurants by Food & Wine magazine.
Shanghai cuisine, highly rated by Zagat's, known for tasty steamed buns and homemade noodles.
Classic Chinese decor, complete with dragons and phoenixes, permeates this cavernous dining room, which can handle groups of 10 to 500.
Highly rated by Zagat and the NY Times, the place for hot-'n'-spicy daredevils.
Hop Lee Restaurant
A favorite of the nearby courthouse employees and other New Yorkers, Martha Stewart ate here during her trial.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
A time capsule on tiny, winding Doyers Street, the oldest tea parlor in Chinatown has been featured in "Spiderman" and other films. See the largest almond cookie you will ever encounter.
Oriental Food Restaurant
At Oriental Food, patrons walk past fish tanks filled with live fish, crabs, and lobsters and into an airy 4,000 square foot banquet hall dotted with dozens of tables draped in red tablecloths.
Peking Duck House
Zagat calls it “NY’s long-reigning Duke of Duck” that carves up its “meaty”, “crispy”-skinned specialty in digs more “snazzy” than the area norm.
Shanghai Garden Restaurant aka Evergreen Shanghai Restaurant
Known as one of the best Shanghainese restaurants in Chinatown.
A diverse blend of Pan-Asian Food, characterized by Malaysian, Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine
Sun Dou Dumpling Shop
A destination for dumpling fans, offering 18 varieties plus 17 types of steamed buns, plus a range of Szechuan and Cantonese dishes.
Colorful prints grace the wall of this classy Thai restaurant which serves an array of traditional Thai dishes.
Classic Chinatown favorite on neighborhood's first street-Mott.
XO Cafe & Grill
Diverse dishes ranging from Chinese dumplings, dim sum, and Japanese udon noodle soups, to grilled pork chops and spaghetti.
Named among the "Hottest 100 Restaurants" in New York magazine and a famous destination for soup dumplings.