The 10 Best Restaurants In Chinatown NYC, New York City

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Photo of Taylor Haacke
12 June 2018

As one of the most popular neighborhoods in New York City, Chinatown seems ever-elusive and mysterious to outsiders (and even locals), but boasts seemingly endless options for dining. We list 10 of the very best restaurants in Chinatown NYC. Each one deserves a try.

Nha Trang One

Restaurant, Vietnamese
Pho | © Rory MacLeod/Flickr

If you like phở, you’ll love Nha Trang One. This restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine that’s hard to beat. Chow down on crispy squid or chicken and chili with lemon grass sauce.

Buddha Bodai

Restaurant, Kosher
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No matter where you are in New York, you can find a restaurant that will meet your dietary needs. Case and point – Buddha Bodai is a Kosher, Buddhist, vegetarian restaurant. Their menu includes sesame vegetarian chicken, triple mushroom pan-fried noodles, and sweet sticky rice sesame balls.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Restaurant, Chinese
Nom Wah Tea Parlor, New York | © Paul Wagtouicz

One of Chinatown’s most authentic restaurants, Nom Wah does tea the proper way. It has a great vintage vibe since it dates all the way back to the 1920s. Their drink menu also includes beer and wine.

Joe's Shanghai

Restaurant, Chinese
365-365 Dumplings in Soup | © Elsie Hui/Flickr

One of Chinatown’s most popular restaurants, Joe’s Shanghai has some of the neighborhood’s most delicious soup dumplings around. Soup dumplings are your favorite classic dumplings filled with a delicious hot broth that you slurp down in one bite.

Xi'an Famous Foods

Restaurant, Chinese
Do not let this counter-serve restaurant fool you; what it lacks in high-end atmosphere, it makes up for with bold flavor. Xi’an Famou Foods offers chain-style Xi’an fare, so be sure to stop in if you’re looking for a fix of cold noodles, hand-pulled noodles, soups, and more. One of the neighborhood’s best bargains.

New Malaysia

Restaurant, Malaysian
Chicken Curry Laksa - Kopitiam Mamak AUD9.90 | © Alpha/Flickr
If you love delicious food, New Malaysia is the next place that you should check out in Chinatown. This restaurant has so many curries to choose from, you’ll need to become a repeat customer to try them all. If curry is not your thing, they also have fried noodles, fried rice, and soups.

Wo Hop

Restaurant, Chinese
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This is your new go-to for some old-school Cantonese fare. Wo Hop is a cash-only establishment in a basement setting with unmatched prices, no wonder it’s a local favorite. Their menu is full of specialties that you won’t find anywhere else, like Chinese omelets.

Shanghai Asian Manor

Restaurant, Chinese
Chinese Dumplings | © Clément Belleudy/Flickr
Looking for all your favorite Chinese dishes in one place? Then Shanghai Asian Manor may be the spot for you. These guys keep it simple and have a huge menu to choose from. Everything is just as delicious as you’d expect.

Hop Lee

Restaurant, Chinese
雙芹魚米卷 “Rice Roll with Fish and Two Kinds of Celeries”, 利苑酒家午市點心 Lei Garden Lunchtime Dim Sum / SML.20120925.G12.00418 | © See-ming Lee/Flickr
This is the place to go for your everyday Cantonese food needs. Hop Lee offers a wide variety of dishes in a quaint atmosphere. We recommend their seafood dishes; you won’t regret it.

Thai Son

Restaurant, Thai
Find some of the neighborhood’s best Vietnamese cuisine at Thai Son. From phở to fried noodles, this place has you covered.

Still looking for things to do in Chinatown NYC, check out our guide on our best things to do in Chinatown NYC.

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