China Blue would be a great place to film a movie. It’s huge, and decorated in a sort of Jazz Age style, with lamps that have hanging crystals and other assorted vintage accessories. They’re owned by the same people as Midtown’s Cafe China and Williamsburg’s Birds Of A Feather, and focus on Shanghai-style food. Get any of the dumplings, the crispy eel, and the noodles with scallion sauce and dried shrimp. If you’re not into filming movies, it’s a great option for a big group dinner or private event.
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Belle Reve is a sort of bar/gastropub that’s known to turn into a full on party from time to time. The food is good, but the partying is better.
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Hao Noodle & Tea
A Chinese restaurant in the West Village with awesome food but frequently very confused service.
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.
Bamboo Garden is a Cantonese spot with excellent dim sum and roast pork in Sunset Park.
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The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Tetsu is a Japanese restaurant in Tribeca from the chef behind Masa. It’s basically a stand-in for Nobu.
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