Food & Drink

6 Chinese restaurants that're better than your local delivery spot

Jeff Miller Published On 11/12/2013 Published On 11/12/2013
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Because there's way more to Chinese food than the nearest grease-joint that delivers, we're rounding up six delivery-free Chinese places that're actually worth putting on pants (and a shirt, and shoes, maybe even socks, ooooooh and a belt) for, including a brand-spanking-new one in Glendale.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung
Glendale
The original strip-mall location of this mini-chain's been lauded forever for its soup dumplings -- fragile, tender noodles wrapped around broth and crab/pork meatballs -- which you can now get at this more-accessible, far-nicer new location at the Americana at Brand, which's decidedly less strip-mall-y, thanks to a designer interior, the addition of truffle dumplings, and a full bar with specialty cocktails.

Phillipe

Phillipe
Beverly Hills
After a couple-years-absence, this hoity NY import's back open in Beverly Hills in a stunning, white-tablecloth room that's connected to both hidden-away VIP rooms and an open kitchen. Pro tip: get the Peking duck. And eat it.

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Chi Lin
West Hollywood
This Sunset Strip spot's got one of the best-looking insides in all of LA, with glittery panels and big 'ol banquettes, as well as a chef who's doing fusion-y awesomeness like crab & mascarpone egg rolls w/ lemon zest, and jumbo scallops w/ black pepper sauce.

Mr Chow

Mr Chow
Malibu
The second location of the long-running, wallet-emptying Beverly Hills power-meal spot opened in Malibu in 2012 with a P.Diddy-approved interior (all white, son!) and next-level dishes like classic hand-cut noodles and "Drunken Fish".

WP24

WP24
Downtown
Last week, we told you to hit their attached bar after going to Staples Center, but if you can get a reservation, it's also totally worth hitting their full-service restaurant, which has amazing views of downtown LA and incredible food, including a Sunday night-only dim sum menu with pork belly pot stickers.

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Hakkasan
Beverly Hills
The drinks at this clubby-feeling, high-end Asian-ry include tricky, thirst-quenching cocktails made with piped-in smoke, plus world class eats like filet mignon Mongolian beef. Also, don't be fooled by the kinda-nondescript Beverly Hills office building exterior -- this thing's actually Vegas-hotel-schmancy inside.

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1. Din Tai Fung 171 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210 (Glendale)

Din Tai Fung has got it goin' on with their dim sum, pork soup dumplings, and just about every other menu item at this Glendale location.

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2. Philippe 8620 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (Beverly Hills)

This open-then-closed-then-opened again place is doling out delicious Chinese grub and something called "nine seasons spicy prawns". You want that... trust us.

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3. Chi Lin 9201 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Chinese food in a sexy location from the BOA people.

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4. Mr Chow 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

Mr Chow's Malibu location is the hottest spot for Asian fusion.

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5. WP24 LA Live, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

Wolfgang Puck's 24th-floor fine dining room at the Ritz-Carlton is an ode to Asian cuisine, featuring fusion appetizers, sushi, dumplings, and wok-fried large plates. If the sophisticated mostly-Chinese eats and 400-plus wine selection doesn't impress you much, the panoramic view of Los Angeles surely will.

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6. Hakkasan Beverly Hills 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

The glittery Beverly Hills outpost of this high-end Chinese chain offers up the likes of smoking Negronis, fancy dim sum, and desserts styled after terrariums.

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