The Shakespeare and The Ginger Man are both solid bars a block away from Cafe China. Now that you know that, hopefully you’ll continue reading after we tell you that you’re going to have to kill about an hour in Midtown East before dinner. You’ll almost certainly have to wait for a table here - they only take reservations for groups of seven or more at dinner, and four or more at lunch - but it’s worth it, because you’ll eat some of the best Sichuan food in Manhattan. The menu is long and the portions are large, so we recommend bringing a group and trying as many things as possible. Definitely get the spicy diced rabbit and the mapo tofu.
Where we've featured it
Where To Eat Near Grand Central
The best places to feed yourself within walking distance of the station.
More spots in MidtownSee more
Tsushima is a perfectly fine sushi spot in Midtown. It won’t blow your mind, but it might come in handy if you need something last-minute.
The Empellón in MIdtown is bigger and fancier than either of the Empellóns downtown, and it’s good to know about if you work in the area.
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
Yes, that's the real name of this restaurant, which is impressive. The ramen? Not so impressive. But there are other things to love at this noodle spot in Hell's Kitchen.
More Chinese spotsSee more
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.
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.
Mission Chinese Food Brooklyn
The Brooklyn location of Mission Chinese Food is a trippier version of the Lower East Side spot.
Suggested by our writers
Chinese Tuxedo is a beautiful and fun Chinatown restaurant, but the food isn't that memorable.
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.
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.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more