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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Green Garden Village is a BYOB restaurant in Chinatown with hit-or-miss Cantonese food.
Pho Bar is a casual Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown that’s great for a bowl of very rich beef pho by yourself or with a date.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor is very simply an excellent place to eat some good dim sum and have a little fun. There’s a reason they’ve been around since 1920.
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Mission Chinese Food Brooklyn
The Brooklyn location of Mission Chinese Food is a trippier version of the Lower East Side spot.
Hutong is a gaudy Chinese spot in Midtown East where you can get some very good dim sum if you’re willing to spend a lot of money.
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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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