Originally Posted by hapyhar0ld
What's wrong with Chinatown in NYC? I'm Chinese and have been to the SF Chinatown, Syndney or Melbourne Chinatown (can't remember which) and practically live in the Seattle Chinatown. Is there something about NY Chinatown I should watch out for?
Originally Posted by Another New Yorker
The food's kind of greasy, but it's cheap good, and as close to authentic as you're ever gonna find for sub 50 bucks a person. Isn't what's expected of all chinatown's? It's fairly big relative to those other ones too. And the cashmere isn't cashmere and rolex's are fake.
There are so many restaurants to chose from, most are not worth it. Many do not meet health code and abuse workers. In regards to the former, many NYC restaurants don't meet code, but the violations in China Town that I have dealt with are particularly egregious. In regards to the latter, I worked for NYC gov and then on a plaintiffs wage case as a private sector attorney, both sides, mgmt. and staff, are awful to deal with.
That said, there is the "diamond in the rough," Peking Duck House is good at lunch, a few of the dumpling places are all right. That said, the authentic stuff is out in Flushing, an in either event, the food you get will be routinely better (and cheaper) if you go w someone who speaks the language. Luckily I have both Korean and Taiwanese/Chinese friends who help me out.