456 has long been one of our Chinatown restaurant go-tos for top notch Shanghai-style food. The bottom fried “tiny” (they aren’t tiny) dumplings rank among some of the best we’ve eaten. And there are meats so tender that they could be served at a five star steakhouse. It’s also very affordable - if you all have a beer, expect to spend about $20 a person.
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Bassanova is a below-ground Japanese spot in Chinatown where you can get an excellent bowl of creamy green curry ramen.
Jing Fong is a giant dim sum restaurant in Chinatown that’s great for a big group meal.
Hwa Yuan Szechuan
A reboot of a Chinatown spot that closed decades ago, Hwa Yuan serves great Peking duck, sesame noodles, and more in a massive space on East Broadway.
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Hao Noodle & Tea
A Chinese restaurant in the West Village with awesome food but frequently very confused service.
Red Paper Clip
Red Paper Clip serves a very good six-course tasting menu for $95 in a bare West Village space.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
A Philadelphia import with a big following has now arrived in the East Village. Overlook the dumpy interior and shoddy service and put your face into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles.
Nyonya is well known as one of the few real Malaysian restaurants in New York City, and it's excellent.
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