10 Chinese Eats That Will Have You Dancing In Your Seat

As the melting pot of the United States, New York is home to immigrant populations from around the globe. Luckily for New Yorkers and visitors, that also means a myriad of delicious ethnic cuisine is available on nearly every corner of the city. In Astoria, Greece and Italy reign supreme. In Jackson Heights, Little India is alive and well. And if you take a walk down Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, there's a chance you'll mistakenly think you've crossed over the water to Jamaica.  

But today, we're talking Chinese food - from hot pot to dumplings, Sichuan to Xi'an, and everything delicious in between. As you make your way through this list of the 10 best Chinese spots in the city, we'll take you up to Flushing, Queens to try the famous cumin-crusted lamb chops at Fu Run, over to Brooklyn's Chinatown to indulge in a little geoduck and sliced meat at Mister Hotpot, and of course, to Manhattan for dim sum eats at Nom Wah Tea Parlor and hipster-loving Sichuan-inspired fare at Mission Chinese

So ditch the sub-par Styrofoam, kick up the spice factor, and join us on a trip around the Big Apple for a taste of Asia's finest. Now enough with all the chit-chat, let's get started. 

Lower East Side

Now re-opened on East Broadway in the Lower East Side, Mission Chinese has battled its way back after a rather rough year. Shuttered after troubles with the landlord, the restaurant was forced to pack its bags in 2014, though it continued...  Read More


Royal Seafood landed itself on Eater's list of 38 Essential Restaurants in the fall of 2014, and for good reason. Not only has Royal earned its place among Chinatown's haunts, but it's also reasonably priced, which automatically gives it a leg...  Read More

Red Egg

Known for its high-end dim sum and cocktail pairings, Red Egg's menu is an amalgamation of Cantonese comfort food - think fried wontons and pork dumplings - and more exotic dishes like cold sesame jelly fish with smoked pork knuckles. While the...  Read More

Xi'an Famous Foods
Photo courtesy of Xi'an Famous Foods

Slink down a staircase into an unkempt basement and enter the family-run dungeon of Xi'an cuisine, Xi'an Famous. This 200-square-foot basement stall in Flushing is the original location of this recognized mini-chain, and was one of the first New...  Read More


Run, don't walk, to Fu Run in Flushing and order the Muslim lamb chops. Covered in a cumin-chili powder-sesame seed combo, these fragrant chops have made a name for themselves throughout the five boroughs, and they're reason enough to include Fu...  Read More

Little Pepper, located in Flushing (are you starting to see a trend?), is the spot for hot pot. While other mains, including the dan dan noodles, score high marks with locals, you're doing yourself a disservice if you skip the hot pot. Opt for...  Read More

You generally won't find many street carts on "best of" lists, but the rice noodle rolls on Elizabeth at Hester deserve time in the spotlight. Interestingly, there are two carts directly opposite one another – both delicious, both viable...  Read More

Located in Brooklyn's Chinatown, Mister Hotpot is the king of the outstandingly unique ingredients. Among them are geoduck, tenderized beef with egg and fried fish skin, along with a laundry list of other fresh meats and rarely seen sides. Both...  Read More

Dim sum minus the push cart might seem like a crime to some, but Nom Wah Tea Parlor has perfected push-less patronage. Famous for its homemade lotus paste and red bean filling for moon cake, in addition to its almond cookie, you'll find bakery...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea