Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

4. Mission Chinese - While this wildly popular spot on the Lower East Side makes no claim to authenticity, you can't deny the excitement of the reinterpreted Chinese food being offered, mainly in a Sichuan vein. Dishes like ma po tofu (reinterpreted with house-fermented fava beans and pork shoulder), chonqing chicken (made using wings and swatches of cow tripe), and kung pao pastrami (above) will leave your mouth in a burning smile. 154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800

3. Sheng Wang - Stalwart of the southernmost block of Eldridge Street, the site of many lower-end employment agencies, this is Chinatown's quintessential working-class eatery. Choose the hand-pulled noodles or the peel noodles - both made in-house - and have them deposited in soups or (our fave) stir-fried with eggs and greens. The pork-stuffed steamed dumplings are some of the best in town. Shown above: house special hand-pulled noodle soup, topped as is the custom with a wad of pickled mustard greens. 27 Eldridge Street. 212-925-0805

2. Hunan Kitchen - For those unfamiliar with this cuisine, said to be inherently spicier than Sichuan, the menu of Hunan Kitchen will come as a revelation. There are many opportunities for the vegetarian, too, including a stif-fry of smoked bamboo every bit as good as barbecued meat, and steamed winter melon with crushed pickled peppers (above). The food, often associated with Chairman Mao, is a pleasing welter of salty, sour, and smoky flavors. 42-47 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-389-8100

Location Info



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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What no Wo Hops? Still the best in MHO.


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. 

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


@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.


@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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