Little Alley is a Shanghainese place in Murray Hill, and it’s one of the better dinner options in the area. It isn’t top-tier Chinese, but you won’t have any issues with the soup dumplings, and the space is nice enough for a casual date or maybe a dinner with your aunt who just called and wants to eat noodles with you. We wouldn’t recommend this place for groups or dining solo at bar (which is a little too high), but it’s pretty easy to get a table with one or two other people. Just don’t get the cumin lamb. It’ll only make you think of the superior version at Xi’an Famous Foods.
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Vatan is an incredibly fun Indian restaurant in Kips Bay where the only option is a vegetarian, all-you-can-eat dinner.
A long time Infatuation favorite. Blue Smoke is still serving some of the best BBQ you can find in NYC.
2nd Ave Deli
When the original 2nd Ave Deli closed, lots of New Yorkers channeled some nostalgic rage. At the new Murray Hill location, the old school charm may be gone, but the matzoh ball soup and pastrami sandwich have remained pretty much untouched.
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Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine
Skip nearby Vanessa's Dumplings in favor of the superior Shu Jiao Fu Zhou when you're looking for excellent, cheap Chinatown dumplings.
Lay down $65 at Decoy in the West Village, and you'll get some the best Peking duck in NYC.
Kings County Imperial
Kings County Imperial may not be traditional, but it serves some of our favorite Chinese food in New York City. Definitely our favorite in Brooklyn.
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