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.
Penang Malaysian Cuisine
Restaurant, Asian, Malaysian, $$$
For a dynamic mix of Malaysian cuisine, dine at Penang
. The warm and comfortable natural wood interior mimics Southeast Asian vibes, and pairs nicely with the aromas of coconut, lemongrass, chili, lime leaves, and spices. The food is a representation of the richness of Malaysian culture and history. Meals here pack a one-two punch of culture and flavor.
Clay Pot Cafe
Restaurant, Asian, Chinese, Street Food, $$$
Clay Pot Cafe
is a cash only establishment that serves an array of options ranging from noodles to meat dishes, but it’s best known for its steaming clay pot rice, a Cantonese dish from Hong Kong. The many topping options, combined with a thin layer of crispy “burnt” rice that rests at the bottom of the pot and gives its distinctive smokey flavor, will keep you coming back for more.
Gourmet Dumpling House
Restaurant, Asian, Dim Sum, $$$
Xiao Long Bao
, otherwise known as mini juicy dumplings, should be the first thing you order at Gourmet Dumpling House. The menu offers plenty of other options too, including scallion pancakes and spicy Szechuan fish soup. This small, no-frills place draws crowds, so arrive early or be prepared to wait.
Restaurant, Asian, Japanese, Fusion, $$$
is an urban, artsy retreat in Chinatown with a small menu loaded with flavor. With walls covered in graffiti art and old-school Kung Fu movies playing in the background, it’s a trendy spot. The ramen, kimchi fried rice, and shadowless duck-fat fries are must tries. Add a cocktail to this mix: try the Superhappyfunmakeagoodtimeagogo (or agogo for short) and enjoy the taste of sweet bliss.
House Ramen | Courtesy of Shojo
Best Little Restaurant by Shojo
Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, $$$
If you want to try fun, modernized takes on traditional Chinese dishes, Best Little Restaurant
is the place to go. It’s a small restaurant with a big personality. After walking through the mahjong
-tiled entryway you’ll be seated in a space reflecting old Chinatown. You won’t regret ordering the Lionhead meatballs or Szechuan bolognese.
Supreme Pepper Steak Stir Fry | Courtesy of BLR by Shojo
New Dong Khanh
Restaurant, Asian, Vietnamese, Chinese, $$$
If you’re looking for a taste of Vietnam, try New Dong Khanh
. With generous amounts of fresh herbs and greens, delicate soups and well-seasoned grilled foods served over rice or noodles, DK’s menu consists of many Vietnamese specialties. They are also known for their smoothies and bubble tea, so bring enough for this cash-only eatery and order to your heart’s desire.
Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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.
Restaurant, Asian, Chinese, $$$
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.