Soup dumplings from Goodies
I have to say that I've been disappointed by my last few forays to Chinatown, both for dim sum and regular meals. That said, when I started to think about where I would send friends in Chinatown, I came up with a surprisingly long list:
New Chow Chao
Address: 111 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (b/n Canal and Hester; map)
Phone: 212-226-2590 Best wonton soup I've ever tasted and one of the great bargains of NY eating: $3.00 for a quart, a meal for two.
Address: 79 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013 (b/n Bayard and Canal; map)
Phone: 212-349-1495 Lots of really fine cheap dishes, including great fried rice, fried fish and chicken, and a pork and clams dish that is scary good.
Address: 67 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (b/n Bayard and Canal; map)
Phone: 212-964-0540 Moist, meaty spare ribs that end up on my shirt as I wander around Chinatown.
Address: 1 East Broadway, New York, NY 10038 (near Chatham Square; map)
Phone: 212-577-2922 Extraordinary soup dumplings, might be better than Joe's.
Great NY Noodletown
Address: 28 1/2 Bowery, New York, NY 10013 (near Bayard; map)
Phone: 212-349-0923 Salt-baked fish, wonton soup, and Chinese barbecue worth the wait (if it's not too long).