Located in the heart of downtown, Boston’s Chinatown is a culinary destination packed with exceptional restaurants waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a frequent Chinatown goer or a first-timer, here are 10 restaurants that get it just right.
Tucked away in a modest food court on the corner of Beach Street and Harrison Avenue is this true hole-in-the-wall experience. Ready your taste buds for fresh sushi made with the perfect ratio of ingredients. With a lunch menu and prices that are hard to beat, Avana Sushi shouldn’t be missed. Seating is limited so avoid going with more than a party of three.
For a dynamic mix of Malaysian cuisine, dine at Penang. The warm and comfortable natural wood interior mimics Southeast Asian vibes, and pairs nicely with the aromas of coconut, lemongrass, chili, lime leaves, and spices. The food is a representation of the richness of Malaysian culture and history. Meals here pack a one-two punch of culture and flavor.
If you want to try fun, modernized takes on traditional Chinese dishes, Best Little Restaurant is the place to go. It’s a small restaurant with a big personality. After walking through the mahjong-tiled entryway you’ll be seated in a space reflecting old Chinatown. You won’t regret ordering the Lionhead meatballs or Szechuan bolognese.
Even though the Chinese barbecue flatbread graces the name of this place, the hand-pulled noodle soups are actually the stars of the menu. You’ll be welcomed with the slapping sound of noodles being handmade against a wooden cutting board as the chef pulls the dough in the small open kitchen. This counter-service, cash-only, plastic-bowls-and-cutlery place serves warm, simple and fresh dishes, enough to satisfy your noodle cravings.
For a unique and interactive eating experience, Q Restaurant is the place for you. You can choose your own broth, raw meats, and veggies, cook them in a pot and eat. Reservations cannot be made here so go early.
Situated in a basement on Oxford Street, Wai Wai is an ice cream shop and a roast meat haven put together. What it lacks in decor it makes up for in the authenticity of its dishes. Order anything with roasted meats and you’ll surely be satisfied. Finish the meal with some ginger ice cream for a refreshing end.
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