Buddha Bodai is a kosher and vegetarian restaurant. It doesn’t get insanely busy, and most dishes here cost less than $15 - so it’s a very useful place to know about, especially because it’s BYOB. There’s a long menu of things like dumplings, spring rolls, and various noodle dishes, as well as some pretty solid vegetarian versions of chicken, duck, and lamb. And if you’re looking for some vegetarian dim sum, this is a great spot for that as well.
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Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
The noodles are good, but the real reason you go to this tiny Chinatown spot is for some of the best dumplings in the city.
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Nom Wah Nolita
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
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456 Shanghai Cuisine
456 Shanghai is our Chinatown go-to for tiny dumplings, big bowls of noodles, and everything in between.
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