Chinatown and its busy thoroughfare, Yaowarat Road, is packed night and day with food vendors and carts, and they sell everything from noodles to roast chestnuts, to every type of dumpling and soup variation you can imagine. Chinese New Year is a great time of year to be here, but there is excellent food to be found at all times. Eating al fresco may be hot and loud, but it is very atmospheric and there are some dynamite choices. T & K Seafoodand Lek & Rut are across the street from each other at the corner of Yaowarat and Padungdao, and they are both longstanding excellent choices, with plenty of giant prawns, black pepper crab, cockles, and fresh grilled fish catering to the masses. Far more entertaining is the pyromaniac chef down the street at Faikeaow Yaowarat, or the musical chair curry stall at Khao Geng Jek Pui. For something a bit more refined, try standouts like Siang Ping Loh or Tang Jai Yoo, which has been written up by food critics for its suckling pig and other Chinese favourites. For something more relaxed and nostalgic, make sure to check out the Shanghai 1930's decor at Cotton Restaurant, one of the newer more modern spots in Bangkok's most atmospheric district.