6/04/2012 11:20:00 AM

The 8 Best Chinese Restaurants in New York


New Yorkers will never have their fill of Chinese food, at least judging by recent openings like Mission Chinese Food and Yunnan Kitchen. Will either of these recent entrants end up ranking among the city's best? Big Apple eaters have very strong opinions about the top Chinese restaurants around town. Some want to gobble up their dim sum at fancy sit-down haunts, while others want to grab their spicy Sichuan to go from a Village hole-in-the-wall.

Check out the below list of NYC's eight best Chinese eateries from our 2012 New York City Restaurants guide, and make sure your favorite local take-out joint gets the recognition it deserves by voting now in our NYC Neighborhood Eats survey here.

15 comments :

  1. Where is the list of Chinese Restaurants???

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  2. the list shows -- actually a series of 8 different photos and descriptions -- does show up if you wait long enough. But this site is poorly constructed/designed to cause such wait times. Maybe lower resolution photos (for example) would have been faster to appear on-screen. It's not good for Zagat's image to tout a report ... and then to have such dysfunctional appearance of it that people think it's missing. If you read this ... wait ... the pictures and descriptions will eventually appear. feels amateur, though.

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  3. Or you could click the Next button above the current picture.

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  4. It's just not the old Zagat's any more. The site and contents ARE amateurish now. So disappointing.

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    1. Agree--and poor diction/grammar to boot (check out "Danya Henninger"--her writing would embarrass a high school student.

      As for the restaurant choices, one has to wonder who exactly is picking these places. Noticed that nearly all the Chinese places listed are uptown, somewhat glizty and pricey, thereby immediately obviating both the culinary as well as pecuniary advantages of so many excellent Chinatown places.
      Amazing that not 1 such place makes the list!

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  5. Still waiting. Clearly not working properly. Is anyone checking behind the scenes? Where the Wizard when you need him?

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  6. ?? While waiting I would like to recommend a small wonderful place - Phoenix Gardens, East 40th St. Fantastic!!!!!!! Ask the staff for its recommendations! In Zagat.

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  7. Your idea of what is the best Chinese restaurants in New York City , especially what you rank as the top 2, is laughable at best, as you don't have a clue as to what is truly authentic Chinese food whether Cantonese, Sichuan or otherwise.

    Go to establishments patronized by mostly Asians and not westerners if you want the best. Moo shu pork and kung pao chicken cooked western style is not Chinese food!!!

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    1. And not ONE from Chinatown! Where does Zagat get these writers nowadays and their info?

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  8. What happened to Oriental Garden on Elizabeth Street? Cantonese seafood at its freshest- straight from tank to table. Delicious lobster special for 2 $39 and outstanding.
    Professional service and nice family atmosphere. Many large Chinese families celebrating birthdays. The Happy Birthday in Chinese video is adorable.

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  9. Basically, a list of Chinese restaurants for non-Asians. It's like saying the best Italian restaurant is Olive Garden.

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    1. Yes. This is a list of American-Chinese Restaurants, not even good ones. Listing mostly Sichuan Restaurants is neither interesting nor helpful, since most of these places invoke the same standard spicy glop on all their dishes. There is an authentic Sichuan Resto called Grand Sichuan Eastern - 172 8th Ave. Slightly pricy, but good. Otherwise head to Chinatown for authentic Chinese food.

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  10. Um.. that picture of the upright chopsticks in the rice bowl is bad luck in Chinese culture.. relates to death. Should change the picture.

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