Golden Forest

353 Grand St.
New York, NY 10002


  • $$
  • Delivery
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
This tiny takeout spot has been in the Lower East Side since 1995, serving no-frills, affordable Chinese food by the pint and quart. Most people don't actually eat here, choosing to get their food to-go instead of sitting in the ramshackle dining room filled with green tables and piles of boxes and cleaning supplies in the corner. The long counter takes up two walls, each bordered by large, illuminated pictures of items on the 150-strong menu. Chow fun, sweet and sour pork, and beef with broccoli are all there, as are nods to the diversity of the neighborhood like fried plantains, BBQ spare rib tips and jumbo shrimp. Specialties include butterfly shrimp with bacon, General Tso's chicken and Hunan beef. Like any good corner Chinese joint, Golden Forest offers a lunch special from 11am-3pm which includes your choice of one of 54 main dishes plus pork fried rice and soup for less than $6.—Keith Wagstaff


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