Chinatown's Best Restaurants

If a city is too big or imposing to tackle on the dining front, break it down into more manageable sections. Or, if you're staying in a certain neighborhood, confine your culinary adventures to the immediate area. New York is a great example. Its options are astounding in total, but focus on Chinatown's Best, and you've got a plan. This district delivers plenty of possibilities, from Fuleen Seafood, where you'll likely run into lots of eager patrons, to New Green Bo, which folks talk up frequently to friends and colleagues.

10 Grand Sichuan
Bold and serious Szechuan cuisine is expertly prepared in an atmosphere that is dramatically understated. But here, it's all about the food. You simply must try the braised sea cucumber, the smoked tea duck, or chicken with sour cabbage. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-625-9212)

9 Oriental Garden
The Oriental Garden is the Chinatown fresh seafood specialist. Don't even give the white Formica a second glance. Here, the fresh fish, shrimp, and crab are pulled live and prepared to your satisfaction. Steamed fresh vegetables add the perfect complement to your meal. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-619-0085)

8 New Green Bo
Those in the know like to avail themselves of the great food and service they find at New Green Bo, one of the true "great deals" in Chinatown. Neighborhood denizens note this popular neighborhood eatery for its fabulous fried rice cakes and traditional dishes like yellow fish potage. It should be a law: No visit here is complete without your having sampled their delicious dumplings. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-625-2359)

7 Peking Duck House
The stylish, contemporary digs at this ever-popular Chinatown joint are a refreshing departure from the other, more ho-hum, alternatives in the area. In addition to the delicious duck — prepared by pumping the fowl full of air, soaking it with boiled water and then slowly oven-roasting it until it's perfectly crisp — the restaurant also delivers a number of other tasty morsels, including salt and pepper prawns, Peking-style lobster, fried sea bass and orange chicken. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-227-1810)

6 Nha Trang
Though not much to look at on the outside, this Vietnamese restaurant remains popular thanks to its excellent dishes and reasonable prices. Among the regulars, favorites include staples like banh mi cary ga (curried chicken), the steamed fish for two, fried spring rolls, and barbecued pork chops. Make sure you head here early at lunchtime, as they tend to pack quickly. If the place is too crowded, walk over to the sister location at nearby 146 Centre Street (212-941-9292). TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-233-5948)

5 XO Kitchen
Just a short walk north of Canal Street, you'll find this excellent little eatery, which is also, perhaps, one of the best deals outside of Chinatown. Bowery's XO Kitchen, while not the most ornate restaurant, will nevertheless impress you with its authentic Cantonese fair. Menu favorites include everything from fried calamari and oysters to jellyfish and several types of tong shuis. If you really want to be surprised, check out what they are cooking up at 8am! TRAIN: B, D, Q to Grand St (212-965-8645)

4 Fuleen Seafood
A top place for seafood in Chinatown, this restaurant doesn't assault diners with overblown cosmetics, and you won't find much in the way of pretense here. No, Fuleen excels in the art of preparing fresh seafood — How fresh? Well, don't think for a minute that all those saltwater tanks are part of the decor! Sometimes a little messy but always good, their Hong Kong-style dishes range from Dungeness crabs with black bean sauce to fresh, steamed flounder with ginger and scallions. TRAIN: F to East Broadway (212-941-6888)

3 Joe's Ginger Restaurant
Conceived by owner and chef Joe Si (of Joe's Shanghai fame). What makes Joe's restaurant worthy of all the fanfare? Well, according to regulars, the answer is in the food. Here, Hong Kong-style Shanghai cuisine is taken to a higher level by Chef Joe and crew, resulting in fantabulous dishes like Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), ginger shrimp and clams in beer sauce. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-285-0999)

2 Joe's Shanghai
The incomparable steamed soup dumplings served with pork or crabmeat make this humble gem popular with people from all over (the long waits attest to this). Joe's Shanghai also warrants high marks because it offers superb Hong Kong-style delicacies such as shredded turnip shortcake, braised duck and spicy yellow fish. If you're in a hurry and can't wait, try Shanghai's younger sister, Ginger. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Canal St (212-233-8888)

1 The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
When everything starts tasting like vanilla, its time to make a stop by The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. The simple ice cream bar and brightly lit interior belie the exotic flavors available for sampling. Passion fruit, lychee, green tea, wasabi and black sesame are just some of the flavors you can try. You'll definitely have a new appreciation for what ice cream can be after sampling this Asian twist on a classic dessert. (212-608-4170)


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Grand Sichuan 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $$
2
Oriental Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $$
3
New Green Bo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $
4
Peking Duck House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHINATOWN
COST: $$$
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Nha Trang 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vegetarian, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
COST: $
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XO Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Take Out
COST: $
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Fuleen Seafood 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHINATOWN
COST: $
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Joe's Ginger Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHINATOWN
COST: $
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Joe's Shanghai 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHINATOWN
COST: $$
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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: CHINATOWN
COST: $