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Where to Eat in Chinatown: Best Restaurants

Good, tasty and cheap. That sums up the food in Chinatown restaurants. If you are passionate about Asian food, take note of these 10 places that will transport you to the Far East in just one bite.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

8 min read

Where to Eat in Chinatown: Best Restaurants

Chinatown, New York | ©0soulis0

There is no other place like Chinatown to enjoy eating in New York, especially Asian dishes. On every street there is a restaurant where you can lose yourself for a while to get a glimpse of oriental culture and taste the best of the most authentic Chinese cuisine.

Don't miss this list with the 10 best restaurants in Chinatown to eat like an emperor and the best: at very cheap prices!

1. Xi'an Famous Food's homemade noodles

Dishes at Xi'an Famous Foods| ©Robyn Lee
Dishes at Xi'an Famous Foods| ©Robyn Lee

If you are a fan of spicy food, one of the mandatory stops you must make in Chinatown is Xi'an Famous Foods. This is a restaurant dedicated to the traditional cuisine of Xi'an, an ancient city in central China that played a very important role in the famous Silk Road.

With its dishes, Xi'an Famous Foods transports you to the Far East in one bite. There are plenty of dishes to choose from but the lamb and cumin burger, dumplings, dumplings or handmade noodles are spectacular. I recommend pairing it with a delicious chilled jasmine tea.

This place located at 45 Bayard Street is a perfect place to make a quick stop for a tasty and cheap meal. The service is very fast so if you are very hungry, they will serve you right away.

Useful information

  • Address: 45 Bayard St., New York, NY 10013
  • Recommended dish: Lamb and cumin burger.
  • Ideal for: Friends and couples

2. Big Wing Wong's dim sum, the best in New York City

Big Wing Wong Restaurant| ©Bee50
Big Wing Wong Restaurant| ©Bee50

If you are looking for an old school Cantonese restaurant, Big Wing Wong is your place. This is not your typical Chinese restaurant for tourists, but a place where locals come to enjoy a delicious meal.

The menu at Big Wing Wong is quite extensive and the portions are plentiful, so you won't leave here hungry. The wontons, roast duck and fried rice are great but in this restaurant I advise you to try the dim sum, as it is one of the best in New York.

This place is a very busy place in Chinatown but the service is efficient and the prices are affordable. By the way, if you want to know more about how the pricing and tipping system works, this article has more details (plus a long list of great places to eat in New York).

Useful information

  • Address: 67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
  • Recommended dish: Dim Sum
  • Ideal for: Friends and family

3. Buddha Bodai Vegetarian Dishes

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian| ©Kelly Bone
Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian| ©Kelly Bone

If you are vegetarian and you are doing a tour of Chinatown, I recommend you to go to Buddha Bodai at lunchtime because you will find an extensive menu full of delicious dishes with all the essence of traditional Chinese cuisine. Even if you do not follow this diet you will also love it because the dishes are very tasty.

Most dishes cost less than $15, so you can eat in the heart of the neighborhood without spending too much money. I recommend you to try the spring rolls, dumplings, dim sum or the different recipes made with noodles. Ah! And the vegetarian versions of chicken, lamb or duck are very successful.

Buddha Bodai is a very popular place and it is common to find people queuing in the street to get in. Fortunately, the service is efficient and you will be quickly served and given a table. You will find it at 5 Mott Street, near Columbus Park.

Useful information

  • Address: 5 Mott St. New York NY, 10013
  • Recommended dish: Dim Sum and lamb
  • Ideal for: Friends and family

4. Canal Street Market's ramen and bubble tea

Hot Ramen Dish| ©Joori Peem
Hot Ramen Dish| ©Joori Peem

Have you ever had the problem of not being able to agree on where to eat when traveling with friends? Food halls are an excellent solution to this problem and fortunately in New York there are many of them, even in Chinatown!

Located at 265 Canal Street, Canal Street Market is a food hall specializing in Asian food, ideal for a meal if you are visiting the city with family or a large group of friends and everyone wants to order a different dish.

This place has several Japanese, Korean or Chinese style food stalls that offer a wide variety of proposals for less than $15. You will want to try a lot of things so go with an empty stomach! Also, at Canal Street Market you have the option of tasting the dishes right there if it's a rainy day or ordering a take away for a picnic in Columbus Park if it's a sunny day.

Useful information

  • Address: 265 Canal Street
  • Recommended dish: Ramen and bubble tea from Boba Guys.
  • Ideal for: Friends and family

5. Taiwan Pork Chop House Hot Noodle Soup

Noodle Soup at Pork Chop House| ©Robyn Lee
Noodle Soup at Pork Chop House| ©Robyn Lee

To enjoy the authentic flavors of Taiwanese food, nothing better than going to Taiwan Pork Chop House. A restaurant located at 3 Doyers St known for its friendly atmosphere and the huge variety of flavors in its dishes.

The menu of Pork Chop House is quite extensive and you will be able to try a good number of specialties. I recommend the chicken curry noodle soup, Shanghai-style fried rice and Taiwanese kimchee. And if you have room for dessert, try the Taiwanese ice cream!

Prices are affordable (many of them cost less than $10) and the restaurant staff is friendly and efficient. Definitely a good place to go to enjoy Taiwanese cuisine during a visit to Chinatown.

Useful information

  • Address: 3 Doyers St.
  • Recommended dish: Chicken curry noodle soup.
  • Ideal for: Couple and friends

6. Fried Dumpling's dumplings, the cheapest dumplings in Chinatown

Fried Dumplings Dumplings in Chinatown| ©Tina Nguyen
Fried Dumplings Dumplings in Chinatown| ©Tina Nguyen

This small and simple restaurant in Chinatown is perfect if you want to take a break in your route through the neighborhood to eat something quick as a snack without giving up tasting the specialties of Chinese cuisine. In fact, Fried Dumpling is famous for its delicious homemade dumplings at reduced prices (6 pieces for $2). Possibly the cheapest place you will find in Chinatown.

As the Fried Dumpling place is quite small, I advise you to order some dumplings to take away and eat them in Columbus Park while sunbathing but if you prefer to eat them there you can do it at the bar.

They prepare them in front of the public and although some employees do not speak English just point out the flavors you want and they will attend to you quickly.

Useful information

  • Address: 106 Mosco St.
  • Recommended dish: Pork dumplings
  • Ideal for: Friends

7. Fusion cuisine at Bo Ky

Duck Soup in Bo Ky| ©Robyn Lee
Duck Soup in Bo Ky| ©Robyn Lee

Bo Ky restaurant is synonymous with delicious soups but it is also a good place to try different dishes of Teochew, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

Everything is delicious! The gyozas, the spring rolls, the duck soup, the vegetables... and the best thing is that most of these dishes cost less than $10 each. The service is fast too, what more could you ask for?

Bo Ky is another one of the most frequented restaurants by Chinatown locals and it is common to share a table at lunchtime there, so don't be surprised if a stranger sits next to you.

Useful information

  • Address: 80 Bayard St
  • Recommended dish: Duck soup
  • Ideal for: Family and friends

8. Spice Village Spicy Chicken

Restaurant in Chinatown| ©Monica Matos
Restaurant in Chinatown| ©Monica Matos

This Chinatown restaurant is another one of those places where you won't have to empty your wallet to eat like a king. On the contrary! At Spice Village you can enjoy eating tasty Chinese food to your heart's content without spending more than $10 per person.

Here's a tip? Order several dishes to share if you go in a group. This way you can try a variety of recipes such as spicy chicken platter, spicy lamb Hu Mei, dumpling soup with pork or pancakes with beef.

The restaurant is small and cozy. Both for the flavors and the location, Spice Village makes you travel with your senses for a moment to Asia. Not to be missed!

Useful information

  • Address: 68B Forsyth St, New York City, 10002
  • Recommended dish: Spicy chicken
  • Ideal for: Friends and family

9. The best Peking Duck at Peking Duck House

Peking Duck House in Chinatown| ©Perry Sun
Peking Duck House in Chinatown| ©Perry Sun

So that no one has any doubt, this restaurant has its specialty in its own name: a tasty, juicy and crispy Peking duck that will make your mouth water. However, in its menu there are also many other dishes of Chinese gastronomy such as sweet and sour pork, three delights rice, shrimp, dim sum and a long etcetera in case you want to try a little bit of everything.

The portions at Peking Duck House are plentiful and the price is a bit higher compared to other restaurants in Chinatown but it is worth it. The place is big, the staff's attention is good and the atmosphere is familiar.

In short, when you finish you will leave happy and with your batteries recharged to continue your route through this famous New York neighborhood.

Useful information

  • Address: 28 Mott St. #A New York, NY 10013
  • Recommended dish: Peking Duck
  • Ideal for: Friends, couples and family.

10. The tasty dumplings at Shanghai 21

Famous Dumplings at Shanghai 21| ©Julianna.T
Famous Dumplings at Shanghai 21| ©Julianna.T

Don't be surprised if when walking down Mott Street you come across a long line of people waiting to enter this restaurant because Shanghai 21 is one of the best in Chinatown for both the taste and the presentation of its dishes.

Don't be discouraged by the line because the staff attends quickly. The wait will be worth it when you have their famous dumplings in front of you, you will forget everything! The menu is quite extensive and they have a wide variety of dishes such as spicy chicken, fried noodles, Shanghai-style spring rolls or fried rice with beef, among many others.

The quality of the dishes is very good and the portions are plentiful, so during your visit to Chinatown I recommend you to put the Shanghai 21 restaurant on your radar, you won't regret it!

Useful information

  • Address: 21 Mott St New York, NY 10013
  • Recommended dish: Pork dumplings
  • Ideal for: Family, friends and couples