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post #46 of 64
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On Canal, west of Mulberry on the South side of Canal

This is also the one I am thinking of. I can never remember any of the chinatown street names other than Pell (where I had many a shitty haircut) and Mott. Oh and Bayard because the liquor store on Mott and Bayard used to not card minors.
post #47 of 64
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YES!

I attended Stuyvesant so when that place opened it was a godsend. As a bonus, it's 24 hours so my friends and I would often drop by after parties at 3 AM to split a pie. I love their crust.
Before Dona Bella came around i ate at Cafe Amore which was so much worse and a few cents more expensive.

Are you Asian? All the kids I see getting out and hanging around the area after school seem to be...haha.

I actually haven't tried it, though I'm only 3 blocks away. Will keep it in mind for the 24 hour business.
post #48 of 64
Another addition. . . if you are in NYC and *need* to risk eating in Chinatown. . .try Xi'An on w'bway. I had a spiced "lamb burger". . .it was really good, and only $2.50 (take out only).

http://midtownlunch.com/downtown-nyc...ry-duty-lunch/
post #49 of 64
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That place is pretty amazing. You can stuff your face with quite good dumplings, pancakes, etc for practically nothing. A friend and I split 2 pancakces, 2 buns, 8 or 9 dumplings, each had a water, and the total was something absurd like $9. I was completely stuffed afterward too.

Typical azn.
post #50 of 64
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Typical azn.

A Jewish girl took me there as it's her favorite place in Chinatown, never heard of it before. It was quite the experience for sure.
post #51 of 64
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A Jewish girl took me there as it's her favorite place in Chinatown, never heard of it before. It was quite the experience for sure.

Jews + Azns = Match made in Heaven.

Except usually the other way around.
post #52 of 64
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Another addition. . . if you are in NYC and *need* to risk eating in Chinatown. . .try Xi'An on w'bway. I had a spiced "lamb burger". . .it was really good, and only $2.50 (take out only).
Or you can just go to the one on St. Mark's. If you know what you're doing, eating in Ctown is no risk.
post #53 of 64
Hahah I am Asian but I did not hang out with the other Asians (an accomplishment in that the school is 60% Asian). I did white things like Debate, Lacrosse, live in Manhattan, befriend all the white kids who also live in Manhattan/Staten Island/ Park slope, participate in student government, and enroll in very Greek southern schools.

But my Chinatown advice is as solid, if not more so, than any Asian's.

The real stuff of legends is the one dollar pizza on St. Marks. After a good round at a hookah bar (which you should totally check out if you're into that sort of thing) my friends and I would always get 3 slices of that absurdly nasty cheese pizza.
post #54 of 64
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Hahah I am Asian but I did not hang out with the other Asians (an accomplishment in that the school is 60% Asian). I did white things like Debate, Lacrosse, live in Manhattan, befriend all the white kids who also live in Manhattan/Staten Island/ Park slope, participate in student government, and enroll in very Greek southern schools.

But my Chinatown advice is as solid, if not more so, than any Asian's.

The real stuff of legends is the one dollar pizza on St. Marks. After a good round at a hookah bar (which you should totally check out if you're into that sort of thing) my friends and I would always get 3 slices of that absurdly nasty cheese pizza.

2 Brothers pizza. I've done the hookah/pizza tour a few times in my day. That pizza is gross...but we eat it anyways.
post #55 of 64
after living in Manhattan last summer for 3 months, I'd say Artichoke is definitely my favourite pizza place in the city. I make sure to go there at least twice whenever I come back to visit.

Like people said, Ippudo is great for ramen, and I love not only the pork buns at Momofuku Ssam, but their BBQ Rib Sandwich is incredible.

I used to love going to The Smith for breakfast, at $8 a plate with a drink included, it was a great deal and a pretty good meal. but when I went back a couple weeks ago, it seems they've discontinued the deal.
post #56 of 64
I also just did the fried chicken meal at Momofuku Noodle Bar too, which was not only a great meal, but just made an all around great time for going to dinner with friends.
post #57 of 64
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*need* to risk eating in Chinatown

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?
post #58 of 64
Anybody been to Xie Xie on 9th? Run by Angelo from Top Chef DC
post #59 of 64
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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?

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.
post #60 of 64
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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?

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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.
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