Hwa Yuan initially opened in 1968, and the restaurant famously introduced New York to sesame noodles. After several decades off the radar (it closed in the 80s), the owners are back, with what is definitely the most opulent restaurant in Chinatown. It's a huge space spread over several floors, and you could easily show up here with about 40 people for dinner and not have a problem. The question is: should you? On an initial visit, we found the food to be just OK: xiao long bao fell apart easily and the kung pao chicken didn't stand out among others. The famous sesame noodles are good though.
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