Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

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The amazing "big tray chicken" at Manhattan's Spicy Village


It's been over two years since Fork in the Road appraised the relative merits of the city's Chinese restaurants - things have changed so much in the interim. Northern Chinese fare continues to rule Flushing, Elmhurst has increased the breadth of its offerings beyond Taiwanese, and Sunset Park remains a bastion of familiar Cantonese eats - improved these days with Hong Kong style. Meanwhile, Manhattan's Chinatown absorbs all these influences, while remaining a hotbed of Fujianese, Shanghai, Cantonese, and now Northern Chinese fare. Other trends include the outmigration of great restaurants from Chinatowns, and the hipsterization of various regional cuisines.

Anyway, here are our favorite Chinese spots today. After you've fully digested the list, compare it with the 2010 ranking.


10. Spicy Village - Henan Feng Wei, offering the food of the Henan province northwest of Shanghai, is an excellent spot off the beaten track in Flushing. It spawned Manhattan's He Nan Flavour a couple of years back, preserving the quintessence of the menu, with a few neighborhood-pleasing Cantonese and Fujianese dishes thrown in. Now, with a slightly expanded menu, the place has changed its name to Spicy Village, and remains every bit as good. Go for the "big tray chicken" (above) or brisket hui mei (wide handmade wheat noodles). 68 Forsyth Street, 212-625-8299


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9. Lotus Blue - Don't let the appearance of this place deter you: it partly functions as a cocktail lounge for well-off 20-somethings on the make. But dig deeper and find a unique Yunnan menu, with its mushroom-heavy promise, and influences ranging from Sichuan to Thai to the westward-leading Silk Road. Shown above: puer-tea flavor potted beef shank and quail eggs. 110 Reade Street, 212-267-3777


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8. Royal Seafood - Already one of the best dim sum spots in town, this sprawling Cantonese restaurant has undergone multiple transformations in the last decade. As Royal Seafood, it earned the attention of Times critic Pete Wells partly through the excellence of its seafood, and deserves to be classified among the best Chinese restaurants in town. Nevertheless, near-perfect dim sum - get there any day before noon for the freshest - remains the bill of fare's bedrock. 103 Mott Street, 212-219-2338
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Location Info

Spicy Village

68 Forsyth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Lotus Blue

110 Reade St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Royal Seafood

103 Mott St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Land of Plenty

204 E. 58th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Taiwanese Specialties

84-02 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

East Harbor

726 65th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mission Chinese Food

154 Orchard St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sheng Wang

27 Eldridge St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Hunan Kitchen

42-47 Main St., Flushing, NY

Category: Restaurant

Yi Lan Halal Restaurant

42-79A Main St., Flushing, NY

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
ShaunGerardS
ShaunGerardS

Thanks for the great article, I would love to try some of these places in the future.. If you didnt already know about it this may help your readers, you can search for chinese food restaurants near your street address using www.ChineseFoodNearMe.com

john1977
john1977

What no Wo Hops? Still the best in MHO.

shrimphead
shrimphead

The Royal Seafood Restaurant are owned by On Leong Tong members. Hong Kong frontman is Ghost Shadow  gangster. Harmony Palace and Jin Fong are all On Leong Tong member owned. They laundered narcotics money into restaurants and supermarkets. All the major supermarkets in Chinatown are Chinese Organized Crime Tong Association owned. 

garsleat
garsleat

Think I want to throw in Fu Run in this list as well.

shel113
shel113

@john1977 Ate at the downstairs Wo Hop a few weeks back, for the last time! A scallop dish was unedible (regretted not sending it back and we just left most of it over) and the wonton soup was salty as hell and wontons tasteless. The spare rib dish was pretty decent, but over the last couple of times I have gone back the food has become increasingly mediocre to outright lousy.

J.Hobart
J.Hobart

@shrimphead That's the tip of the iceberg. Where the Tong associations make real money is in the supermarkets:

Hong Kong Market

New York Market

Deleuxe Mrket

ALL Gang and Chinese Tong associated owners which is criminal organized crime.

I don't know why IRS is not on their case for tax evasion.

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