Two decades ago, our city was comically limited in the types of good Chinese restaurants available to us, and we could only hang our heads in shame if we visited Los Angeles. Our choices were restricted to gussied-up Midtown Cantonese, Chinatown tea parlors, the neighborhood carryout, and fakey Upper West Side “Szechuan.” Now, thanks to several waves of immigration from such far-flung locales as Fujian, Xinjiang, and Xi’an, we have a splendid smorgasbord of regional cuisines, much of it pungent and spicy beyond our wildest dreams. And in the midst of this gastronomic pulchritude, Cantonese has been reborn in splendid Hong Kong-style palaces, where dim sum is once again afforded the reverence it deserves. So, slither with me onto the next page to see Our 10 Best Chinese restaurants, and a few runners-up
My, those are gorgeous shrimp har gow! Where did you say they came from?
Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants
1. Bamboo Pavilion (6920 18th Avenue, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, 718-236-8088)
2. Hunan House (137-40 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, 718-353-1808)
3. Sheng Wang (27 Eldridge Street, 212-925-0805)
4. Xi’an Famous Snacks (#36, Golden Mall, 41-28 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-885-7788)
5. East Harbor Seafood Palace (714 65th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 718-765-0098)*
6. Peking Duck House (28 Mott Street, 212-227-1810)
7. Grand Sichuan House (8701 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, 718-680-8887)
8. Spicy & Tasty (37-09 Prince Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-359-1601)
9. Vanessa’s Dumpling House (118A Eldridge Street, 212-625-8008)
10. Andy’s Seafood & Grill (9526 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, Queens, 718-275-2388)
*– whence the shrimp har gow came.
Runners-up: Cafe Kashkar (1141 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, 718-743-3832); Wu Liang Ye (36 West 48th Street, 212-398-2308); Szechuan Gourmet (31 West 39th Street, 212-921-0233); Ping’s Seafood Restaurant (22 Mott Street, 212-602-9988); Lan Zhou Hand Pull Noodle (5924 Eighth Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 718-492-7568); Oriental Garden (14 Elizabeth Street, 212-619-0085); Congee Village (100 Allen Street, 212-941-1818); Chinese Mirch (120 Lexington Avenue, 212-532-3663); Joe’s Shanghai (9 Pell Street, 212-233-8888); Buddha Bodai (42-96 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-939-1188).
If you don’t see your favorite Chinese restaurant on this list, please tell us about it!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 10, 2009