Chinese

Sometimes, the urge to have Chinese food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of New York's best Chinese restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in New York. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Fuleen Seafood or tell you that MR. CHOW gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

10 Chin Chin
Take a moment to savor the sights, sounds and ultimate tastes of fine Chinese cuisine. The fried dumplings, Grand Marnier Shrimp and "amazing" Peking Duck are the best in the city. Cool off with a sorbet if ordering any of the Szechuan style dishes. Beautiful sepia toned family photos gaze from the walls. Owner and host James Chin ensures that the service you receive is impeccable. An unforgettable Chinese dining experience. TRAIN: E, F to Lexington Ave; 6 to 51st St (212-888-4555)

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 Shun Lee Palace
Make sure you call ahead for the sumptuous banquet at this famed Midtown eatery. An elegant atmosphere highlights the great food on the menu, including old standards and new turns on traditional favorites. If you have questions, ask the wait staff — they are renowned for picking just the right menu item for any taste. TRAIN: E, F, N, R to Lexington Ave; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St (212-371-8844)

7 MR. CHOW
Art deco ambience and a selection of Chinese delicacies are the trademarks of MR. CHOW, a long popular Eastside stop. Shrimp or steak dishes come highly recommended, as do the scallops and prawns. Delicious. Be sure and keep an eye out for the celebrities and artists that abound. TRAIN: N, R to Lexington Ave; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St (212-751-9030)

6 Pacificana
Head to this Cantonese dim sum palace in Sunset Park's Chinatown district and choose from rolling carts laden with delicacies ranging from Shu-Mai Pork Dumplings to Seasoned Soy Sauce Duck Tongue. Takeout is also available, should you crave an order of rice balls or taro cakes on the fly. (718-871-2880)

5 Mr. K's
The Washington political machine made the DC branch of this elite, Chinese pampering house a favorite. Now, New Yorkers get a taste and more. Chicken with roasted macadamia nuts in a soy-sherry-garlic glaze, firecracker sea bass simmered in Szechuan sauce and Peking duck are just some of the entrees served with precision. The space is roomy and comfortable. TRAIN: 6 to 51st Street; E, F to Lexington-3rd Ave (212-583-1668, 888-988-2088)

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 Buddakan
Stephen Starr, who is the man behind Philadelphia's acclaimed Striped Bass, brings NYers this huge, lavishly decorated restaurant. The main dining room recalls the opulence of a palace's great hall, and the smaller quarters sport stylish confluences of traditional and contemporary elements. Those with a taste for dim sum find plenty to tempt their palates, including Taro Puff Lollipops (minced pork with ginger), endamme dumplings and lobster egg rolls. More substantial appetites look to masterfully prepared Mongolian lamb chops with crystallized ginger crust, glazed Alaskan black cod with chili eggplant or tea-smoked chicken with chutney. TRAIN: A, C, E, L to 14th St (212-989-6699, 212-989-4180)

2 Shun Lee West
This chic address is just a short walk from Lincoln Center. Shiny black lacquer dominates the interior and is complemented by dream-like elements — the alabaster monkeys that dance around the bar, the gold and red dragon encircling one dining room. The adjacent dim sum café is more retro with its black and white tiles. The menu, meanwhile, focuses on "haute" versions of traditional Cantonese, Hunan and Szechwan dishes, resulting in remarkable creations like Grand Marnier prawns with honey walnuts, braised sea bass in hot bean sauce, and buffalo fillet sautéed with leeks. TRAIN: 1, 9 to 66th St-Lincoln Center (212-595-8895)

1 Shanghai Pavilion
The stylish digs and creative foods combine to make this upscale Shanghainese eatery one of the East 70s' more buzz-worthy destinations. Indeed, Pavilion isn't dressed like the tiny dim sum and Hong Kong-style joints downtown, and the crowd that frequents this place is a handsome mix of bankers, lawyers and other young professionals. What draws them in, of course, isn't the scene as much as it is the food, which includes favorites like soup dumplings and Beggar's Chicken, a vegetable-stuffed chicken that must be ordered at least a day in advance and is delivered to the table with great fanfare. TRAIN: 6 to 77th St (212-585-3388)


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Maps and Directions

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Chin Chin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Delivery, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Midtown East
COST: $$
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Oriental Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $$
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Shun Lee Palace 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Midtown East
COST: $$
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MR. CHOW 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Midtown East
COST: $$$$
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Pacificana 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
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Mr. K's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Midtown West
COST: $$$
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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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Buddakan 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Chelsea
COST: $$
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Shun Lee West 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
COST: $$
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Shanghai Pavilion 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: UPPER EAST SIDE
COST: $$