There's never been a better time to eat Chinese food in New York, and here's our comprehensive-but-selective guide to it all: the good, the great, and the decent, all to help you find the best Chinese food across the boroughs.
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Manhattan's Chinatown has its share of dumplings: potstickers aplenty, Shanghainese xiao long bao, some wontons here and there. But if you want real dumpling diversity, and an overall upgrade in quality, you have to hop the 7 train to Flushing. Here are the essentials to get the most out of your dumpling crawl.
Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
Only after putting together my list did I realize that a full seven out of eight of the very best bites I had in New York this year were from East Asian restaurants. Not a single burger or pizza on the list!
This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen ways to answers to the question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year.
You may have occasion to be eating Chinese food in a couple days, and if so, you're likely looking for a movie theater afterward. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite Chinese restaurants with directions to the closest movie theater.
We all go to Biang!, the fancier-than-Xi'an-Famous-Foods-but-still-crazy-affordable restaurant in Flushing from the same team for the deservedly well-known lamb's face salad, excellent spiced skewers of meat, and the just-rustic-enough hand-ripped noodles. But don't forget to order the dumplings and mung bean jelly, too.
Jason Wang, the 25 year-old business manager of the Xi'an Famous Foods mini empire, showed us where he goes for dumplings, noodles, and roast duck over rice. We expected the awesome food, but we also heard a local's story of a neighborhood in cultural and culinary flux, and got a look into the cutthroat, paranoid food industry where every third storefront seems to be a restaurant.
Food trucks, restaurants, outer-borough neighborhoods: New Yorkers often talk about these as if there's a sharp distinction between "immigrant" and "hipster," old-school and new-school. What I love most about Xi'an Famous Foods—and their owners' new restaurant, Biang! in Flushing—is how much it blurs those distinctions. Wait, retract that sentence; what I love most about Xi'an is their hand-pulled noodles. But go with me here.