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What are the best authentic dining gems in Chinatown?

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scott-chen

Marketing consultant, food network voyeur

Scott Chen

Marketing consultant, food network voyeur

Answer found helpful by Daniela Garcia and 1 other

Well, this place isn't really a secret anymore as evidenced by the typical long lines running out their doors. The long lines are there for a reason though. Many people consider these their favorite soup dumplings in Chinatown, myself included. The dumplings are delicate and savory and the broth is wonderful. If you can stand the long line, it's worth trying.

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You should check out what people think about this place and this list on Chowhound: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007098?commentId=9537499#9537499

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Sue Kim

New York

Dessert before dinner!

Sue Kim

Dessert before dinner!

Answer found helpful by Stephanie Chin and 1 other

The best part of Golden Unicorn? Its decorated like a tacky wedding reception. Well, actually the best part is the dim sum. They have carts upon carts of dishes around the room you can choose from. You can order a la carte or a prix-fixe menu that ranges from $15-18. How you are you going to ever do better than that for a prix-fixe? They do have a dinner menu as well but dim sum is definitely what they are best known for.

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69 Bayard Street, New York, NY
Answer found helpful by Jessica Lynne and 1 other

Great place to grab some no frills food. Service is efficient and food is solid. They are also opened late (4 am) so it is a great place to grab some food after karaoke or a round of drinking.

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terry-kim

Web developer with a Korean BBQ obsession

Terry Kim

Web developer with a Korean BBQ obsession

Great spot. This is like the Chinese restaurant equivalent of a dive bar. Great food that's authentic and really inexpensive. Highly recommended for takeout if you are in the delivery area.

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Stephanie Chin

New York City

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Stephanie Chin

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Answer found helpful by Carly Liao and 6 others

Located a hidden, quiet and historic street in Chinatown, I highly suggest you try Excellent Pork Chop House. In a neighborhood predominantly dominated by Cantonese/Hong Kong dishes, this is a go-to spot for those looking for authentic Taiwanese food. The bubble tea is great, but as the name suggests, it's all about the excellently fried pork chop here. And the excellently fried chicken thigh (if you want bird instead). And if you're looking for more cozy comfort, go for the piping hot spare ribs or boiled chicken. All of these meaty dishes come next to a comforting, slurpy bowl of customizable noodles, which come with delicious mustard greens and minced pork. Put on some house made chili oil and you're in business. Last I checked Pork Chop House was closed on Tuesdays- FYI.

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Jess Wang

New York City

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

Jess Wang

Oh wow I got so hungry reading your description of this. This place is super underrated!

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jess-wang

Jess Wang

New York City

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

Jess Wang

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

This may not be what you would call fine dining, but it is definitely a hidden gem in dining town and a great place to grab lunch in the area if you haven't tried it. It's what could probably be described as Taiwanese comfort food. It's cheap, it's delicious, and I'd definitely concur with Stephanie on trying the fried pork chop or chicken leg.

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Stephanie Chin

New York City

www.stepyeats.com

Culinary cook & avid restaurant goer. Yep, I go to bed thinking about breakfast. Food buyer @servedbystadium.

Stephanie Chin

Thank you Jess! Pork chop house is simply THE best

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5 East Broadway, New York, NY
Answer found helpful by Carly Liao and 4 others

To a traditionalist, everything about this dim sum place is wrong: (1) no carts, (2) dim sum available everyday, day and night, (3) the amount of non-Asians (I know this sounds wrong, but you know this is how you judge an Asian eatery!). However, the food is everything that is right about dim sum. Plates steamed to order, they come out piping hot, fresh and delicious. The chinese pork buns are fluffy clouds, the duck dumplings are a unique dim sum offering that brightens with the amazing scalllion ginger concoction provided on the table. We always order multiple plates of the shrimp rice rolls (available only through 4pm, but sometimes you can get lucky with a later order), doused with sweetened soy. The staff is responsive and patient - no rushing of the tables here. Just dine at your leisure, drink cups of hot tea and chow on dumplings with your sweet dumpling.

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Sue Kim

New York

Dessert before dinner!

Sue Kim

Haha! Loved the comment about judging places by amount of non-asians. So true!

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Kayla Chang

New York City

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Kayla Chang

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

This is definitely one of my favorite dim sum places in Chinatown, and also highly recommended if you are looking for a spot with lots of vegetarian options.

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scott-chen

Marketing consultant, food network voyeur

Scott Chen

Marketing consultant, food network voyeur

Answer found helpful by Kayla Chang

Like much of Chinatown, you are not coming here for Michelin-starred service. It can be a bit cramped, noisy and chaotic during busy times, but that's precisely why I love it. They have some of the best damn Cantonese noodles you will find in the city, and it's really cheap. You can get pan-fried noodles or noodles in broth and can have them served with pork, ribs, chicken or duck. All the main dishes are $5-10 and this place is open late, so go get your drunk munchie on after a night out near C-town.

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Kayla Chang

New York City

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Kayla Chang

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Answer found helpful by Daniela Garcia

This is a fabulous place to bring a group of people as you get an authentic peking duck experience with the duck carved up and served to you at the side of the table. The duck itself is crispy and savory and is served with a traditional, sweet hoison sauce and can be wrapped in what looks like a tortilla. The soup dumplings and scallion pancakes are favorite side dishes to try. Peking Duck House is also BYOB, so you can have a great time here and get stuffed for around $25-30 a person.

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Stephanie Chin

New York City

www.stepyeats.com

Culinary cook & avid restaurant goer. Yep, I go to bed thinking about breakfast. Food buyer @servedbystadium.

Stephanie Chin

Culinary cook & avid restaurant goer. Yep, I go to bed thinking about breakfast. Food buyer @servedbystadium.

Great BYOB! You can make a reservation but expect to wait especially with large groups :(

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sue-kim

Sue Kim

New York

Dessert before dinner!

Sue Kim

Dessert before dinner!

Answer found helpful by Carly Liao

As is the common theme on this list, Xi'an Famous Foods is just about the definition of no-frills service and the space has very tight corridors. The hand-pulled noodles are amazing here though, and one of my favorite cheap meals in Chinatown. You're talking $6-8 dollars. I would also highly suggest getting the spicy cumin lamb burger as an appetizer ($4).

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Kayla Chang

New York City

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Kayla Chang

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Ping’s seafood offers authentic Cantonese seafood and has one of the best dim sum brunches in Manhattan. You are guaranteed to get fresh seafood since you can literally see the food you are about to eat swimming in tanks lining the restaurant walls.

Do not come here if you are expecting 5-star service. The service here is no-frills, and the place can become a bit of a madhouse during weekend brunches with packed tables and 20-30 minute waits. But if you are looking for authentic and delicious Cantonese seafood, this is your place.

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Stephanie Chin

New York City

www.stepyeats.com

Culinary cook & avid restaurant goer. Yep, I go to bed thinking about breakfast. Food buyer @servedbystadium.

Stephanie Chin

Culinary cook & avid restaurant goer. Yep, I go to bed thinking about breakfast. Food buyer @servedbystadium.

Great dim sum!

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