Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

7. Land of Plenty - Sichuan restaurants started out in the 1970s on the Upper West Side, beyond the boundaries of area Chinatowns. Located on the Upper East Side, Land Of Plenty keeps up the tradition, with white-tablecloth service and sumptuous renditions of standards such as ma po tofu and dumplings in chile oil, while further applying Sichuan techniques to such upscale fixin's as whole fish, lamb fillet, and monster prawn, with no stinting on the peppercorns. Shown above: smoked tofu and Asian celery salad. 204 East 58th Street, 212-308-8788

6. Taiwanese Specialties - Taiwanese restaurateurs used to control a vast number of Queens restaurants in Flushing and Elmhurst. Now their hegemony remains mainly on the outskirts of those communities. Long-running Taiwanese Specialities - once known as David's Taiwanese Gourmet - is one of the best in the city, demonstrating the wealth of influences governing the island's cooking. Feast on udon, bao sandwiches, cryptic "fly heads" (above), and, of course, stinky tofu. 84-02 Broadway, Elmhurst, Queens, 718-429-4818

5. East Harbor Seafood Palace - In a perpetual war for dim sum dominance with nearby New Spring Garden, a couple of blocks east, East Harbor moves slightly ahead in our preferences due to its mastery of non-dim sum mainstream Cantonese, with crowd-pleasers like fried grouper, e-fu noodles with wild mushrooms, a soupy take on winter melon with bamboo pith, crispy chicken with dry minced garlic (above), and clams with black bean sauce (below). And dining in such a mind-bogglingly big room is a pleasure in itself. 726 65th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 718-765-0098

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