The best congee (26 varieties) in New York City can be found at this large restaurant on Allen Street, and its sister outpost on the Bowery. But there’s a huge menu (250 items long) featuring a wide variety of Cantonese and Hong Kong specialties. The crispy garlic chicken is legendary. Other favorites include: razor clams in a salty black bean sauce, sweet potato greens, roast duck with meatballs and chicken with black mushrooms. There are four party rooms downstairs, each featuring a multi-lingual karaoke machine!
100 Allen Street, near Broome
Open 10:30am-12:30am Monday-Thursday & Sunday, 10:30am-2am Friday & Saturday
Revel in the tacky decor as you slurp down big bowls of congee (rice porridge). There’s an extensive menu featuring many other Cantonese dishes.One of the best bargains in the neighborhood – and they deliver!
207 Bowery, near Rivington
Open 11am-midnight every day
Recession dining at its best. Five dumplings for a buck — a bag of 30 for $5! There are a couple of tables and a counter – but given the lack of ambiance — you might want to get your order to-go.
27A Essex Street, near Hester
A dependable Cantonese place on Grand Street, specializing in noodles, congee and a $5.95 lunch special.
300 Grand Street, between Eldridge and Allen
Delivery, Cash only
Chinese cheap eats.
Forsyth St. at Division St.
A vegan Chinese restaurant that also prepares dishes without garlic and onion (gasp!). Stay away from the mock meat dishes.
170 Allen, near Stanton
Hours Mon-Sat, 12:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed
Chinese, vegan, delivery, lunch
In the former home of the legendary Garden Cafeteria, this old-school Cantonese restaurant does a reasonably decent job with dim sum, barbecued meats and seafood dishes. The price is right. Downside: they don’t deliver.
165 East Broadway, at Rutgers
Hand pulled noodles from Lanzhou, in Central China, is the specialty at this hole-in-the-wall on Eldridge Street. The dumplings are also standouts here.
26 Eldridge, near Canal
A takeout counter next to the Manhattan Bridge specializing in super-fresh hand-pulled noodles and spicy lamb dishes. The Flushing import features dishes from the Shaanxi province in Central China, such as spicy lamb noodles with cumin and the savory cumin lamb burger (Anthony Bordain’s favorite).
88 East Brodway, near Forsyth
At this spartan, subterranean spot, handmade wheat noodles are served with a choice of 20 or so toppings (chopped pork bones, duck, ox tail, etc). For English only speakers, ordering here is a bit of a challenge. Some think the fish ball soup is unrivaled.
27 Eldridge, near Canal
Open daily 7am-10pm
Five dumplings for a buck? Reason enough to visit these two shops, even if it means eating on the go because you can’t get a seat at the oft-crowded and tiny counters. There are plenty of locals who believe these are the most perfect dumplings in the neighborhood.
46 Eldridge St. and 69 Clinton St.
212-343-0683 (Eldridge St.); 212-228-0988 (Clinton St.)
Daily: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Eldridge St.); 10 am – 11 p.m. (Clinton St.)
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