cooks combine foods so skillfully in sauces that they create a tremendous
range of tastes. Chinese cuisine is an ancient art and ranks as one of
the best in the world. Chinese cooking varies greatly from region to region,
province to province. The Chinese food most familiar to Americans has
its roots in Canton, Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan provinces.
has more than 200 restaurants, where you find authentic, traditional Chinese
cuisine. The tastes cover all over China: Cantonese, Szechuan, Shanghai,
Suzhou, etc., including Vietnamese and Malaysian cooking. Think about
this: What would we we do without our local Chinese takeout shop? What
would we do without the wonderful restaurants that can be found in our
city's Chinatowns in lower Manhattan, Flushing and Sunset Park?
flavor and taste are the three elements to judge a Chinese dish. Try youself
at some of the best places as follows:
Nom Wah Tea
Parlor ($4 average menu item)
13 Doyers St. (btw.
Pell St. and Chatham Sq.), 962-6047
M-F 10am-8pm, Sa-Su 10am-6pm
Dim Sum tea parlor.
- New Silver Palace
Restaurant ($20 average entree)
- 52 Bowery St.
(@ Canal St.), 964-1204
- M-Su 8am-10pm
Cantonese Dim Sum heaven!
Duck House ($31 and under)
- 22 Mott St.
(@ Pell St.), 227-1810
- M-Su 11:30am-10:30pm
- Former NYC Mayor
Ed Koch's favorite restaurant.
Good Taste Restaurant
65 Bayard Street (btw.
Mott St. & Elizabeth St.) 233-3233
Sun-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Superb Roast Duck and BBQ ribs.
Unbeatable prices & taste for seafood.
Jumbo Wonton Soup and all the
Sum Go Go, 5 East Broadway, (212)732-0797
A smart-looking spot with clean white walls, glowing red panels and
cloth-covered tables set with bud vases and four sauces (ginger-scallion,
vinegar-ginger, vinegar-garlic and dried scallops and shrimp) to complement
dishes like the superb roast chicken blanketed with fried garlic stems
($10.95) and exotic dim sum.
East Corner Wonton, 70 East Broadway, (212)
If you come too late, they may have run out of roast duck, soy chicken
and spare ribs, but you can always count on fresh supplies of egg or
rice noodles, and shrimp- and pork-filled dumplings that fill $2.75-bowls
of brothy soup - and your stomach.
Evergreen, 63 Matt St., (212) 571-3339
Shanghai-style rice dishes, curative hot and sour soup, chicken with
peanuts or cashews, and spicy eggplant or broccoli with garlic sauce
($5.95) wor't break the bank at this often-crowded always-reliable place.
Joe's Shanghai, 9 Pell St., (23.2) 233-8888
Strangers seated together share one goal - feasting on tasty steamed
Soup dumplings (8 for $4.25), vibrant vegetables and crispy whole yellow
fish (the Chinese believe fish, cooked whole, symbolizes abundance).
Sweet-n-Tart Cafe, 76 Mott St., (212) 334-8088
If you are not up to pork. intestine or duck tongue, try barbecue eel
with Peking sauce ($6.75) and clay pots of rice and sausage at this
subterranean, piace where the selection of tong shui (sweet and tart,
hot or cold soups) is daunting.
(The above descriptions by Lsia Amand)
Garden, 1 Mott St. (across from Chatham Square), 732-7270:
Has a New Year's menu and dancing lions for your entertainment
Unicorn, 18 E. Broadway (at Catherine St.), 941-0911:
the New Year's menu costs $25 per person
Cuisine, 89 Bayard St., at Mulberry St., 732-8988: special
New Year's menu.
n' Tart, 20 Mott St. (between Chatham Square and Pell
St.), 964-0380: has a Chinese New Year menu with a multi-course dinner
for $25 per person.
Recipe: buying real Chinese ingredients and cooking in a real Chinese
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