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Hand Pull Noodle & Dumpling House (address and info)

As the name suggests, you can expect supremely fresh hand-pulled noodles at this Brooklyn spot, which is also known for it's incredibly low prices (everything on the menu is under $10). Get your noodles topped with everything from pork bone and lamb to beef tendon and spare rib for as low as $4, then add on eight steamed or fried dumplings for just $5.


Borough Park

Lucky Eight (address and info)

It's hard to miss the large fish tanks on display at this Brooklyn institution known for hefty entrees like the Pride of Lucky Eight with baby squid, abalone, dried scallions, and shiitake mushrooms. If you're looking for something that's not from the sea, there are plenty of other options as well, including crispy suckling pig on rice to sweet and sour chicken.

Carroll Gardens

Chance (address and info)

China + France = Chance. Get it? While this Smith St restaurant labels itself as French-Chinese fusion, the menu divides and conquers; so you’re just as likely to find perfectly moist peking duck as you are beautifully plated foie gras and rack of lamb. Don’t worry about choosing sides, though. The host, clad in black and French cuffs, will make you feel decidedly refined while housing down a mix of pan-fried, deep-fried, and steamed dumplings (and a grilled filet mignon).


Grand Sichuan International (address and info)

With more than 80 Americanized Chinese options, it’s no wonder this two-decade-old joint has raised a cult following. Expect plenty of affordable plates like super-spicy Dan Dan noodles blanketed in dried peppercorns, crabmeat and pork soup dumplings, and General Tso's chicken.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor


Nom Wah Tea Parlor (address and info)

There are hundreds of Chinese food restaurants in New York, but few have been slinging dumplings since Woodrow Wilson was president. The oldest dim sum parlor in the city, this Chinatown eatery kept its old-school charm with a vintage façade and old-school booths. Use a pencil to choose dishes like fried sesame balls with lotus paste and a pan-fried dumpling platter. Save room and head over to Joe’s Shanghai after, for some of the borough's best crab or pork-filled soup dumplings.


Civic Center

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles (address and info)

The homemade tender wheat noodles at this no-frills spot are worth leaving your apartment for alone. It's all about customization here: Choose from normal, wide, or flat noodles; then, pick from 25+ types of soup (beef tripe, pork bone, oxtail, eel, to name a few).

Clinton Hill

Kum Kau (address and info)

Since the 1970s, this no-frills take-out spot has been doling out very generous portions of comforting American-Chinese favorites like battered salted shrimp and roast pork fried rice. Even better -- you can ask for your food without MSG (if you please).

Yaso Tangbao

Downtown Brooklyn

Yaso Tangbao (address and info)

It's mainly about the the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) at this Shanghainese-influenced restaurant, but once you've put in an order of those (go for the standard pork soup variety), don't overlook some of the heartier options, the pork mapo tofu and fried egg over rice.

Dyker Heights

East Harbor Seafood Palace (address and info)

You will wait forever on the weekends, but it’s worth it for what is absolutely the best dim sum in Brooklyn. Once inside, carts speed by, so be ready to make game-time decisions. Don’t leave without trying the fried bean curd skin vegetable rolls and flour dumplings stuffed with pork, peanuts, and mushroom.


East Village

Vanessa’s Dumpling House (address and info)

This Beijing street food-inspired hangout is still one of the cheapest options in the neighborhood. Chive-and-pork dumplings will set you back just $1.59 a pop and fan-favorites like the crispy sesame pancake sandwiches with pork, beef, or veggies all cost under $3. Han Dynasty, also in the EV, comes in a close second for neighborhood best with Szechuan-style apps and Dan Dan noodles that live up to their hype.


Uncle Zhou (address and info)

Owner (and China native) Steven Zhou draws from his roots to serve up traditional Henan-style food at this Queens restaurant. In other words, prepare for things like the regional specialty da pan ji (or big tray of chicken), a stew-like dish with bone-in chunks and potatoes doused in a spicy red sauce, and yang rou shui jiao (or lamb dumplings), packed with sweet soup and served with house-made chili oil.



Fu Run (address and info)

After eating your way through all the dumplings Flushing has to offer, go to Fu Run for something you can't find everywhere else -- a taste of northern Chinese delicacies from Dongbei. Opt for the famed Muslim lamb chop -- a rack of braised, battered, and deep-fried ribs coated in cumin, dried chilies, and black and white sesame seeds.

Forest Hills

East Ocean Palace (address and info)

This Queens Boulevard standby is home to some of the city's best dim sum and authentic Cantonese fare, including fried rice balls stuffed with crab meat and country-style salt-baked chicken. Your best bet here is to come with a big group of friends and order as much as you can.

Fort Hamilton

Grand Sichuan House (address and info)

The lengthy menu at this Fort Hamilton mainstay can look intimidating at first glance, but the move is to skip the American mainstays (sesame chicken, Kung Pao) and opt for something new like the beef tripe with spicy pepper sauce and jellyfish with scallion. The flaming Sichuan-style Dan Dan noodles are also a must-order, but proceed with caution: they're probably the hottest in the city.

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Xi’an Famous Foods (address and info)

Xi’an got its start in a Flushing food court before opening 10 locations throughout the city, including this one on Manhattan Ave. The chain is known for its spicy Western Chinese dishes, ranging from hand-pulled noodles (be sure to try the spicy cumin lamb, aka N1) to easy-to-transport burgers -- all for crazy reasonable prices.

Hakkasan New York

Hell’s Kitchen

Hakkasan (address and info)

It may look more like a velvet-rope club than a Chinese restaurant, but the Cantonese chain, which has several locations worldwide including the Michelin-starred London flagship, offers plenty of Instagram-worthy plates like wok-fried lobster, roasted silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey, stir-fry black pepper rib eye with merlot, and a truffle and roast duck bun. 

Little Italy

Shanghai Café (address and info)

Prices tend to not exceed $13 at this neon-light lit Little Italy spot, so be prepared to order a lot. Start with some Shanghai-style dim sum, like the steamed tiny buns (aka soup dumplings), which have a dough thick enough to stay intact in the clumsiest of hands, before moving on to several kinds of noodle, rice, and casserole dishes. 

Lower East Side

Mission Chinese (address and info)

After getting its start in SF, Danny Bowien's buzzy Chinese restaurant made its way to a tiny space on Orchard St, before closing and moving to a much more spacious venue on East Broadway. Helmed by executive chef Angela Dimayuga, this LES/Chinatown spot is known for its modern and inventive Chinese food, like Kung Pao Pastrami and cumin lamb ribs.


Buddakan (address and info)

When you're looking to dress up your white carton takeout, head to Stephen Starr’s flashy Meatpacking restaurant, where you'll be greeted by oak-covered walls, chandeliers, European tapestries, a grand staircase, and banquet-like tables. The food here is equally frilly, with options like lobster fried rice, chili rock shrimp, and General Tso's dumplings.


Midtown East

Peking Duck House (address and info)

It may not be the OG, but the Midtown offshoot of Peking Duck House is just as worthy of the restaurant's bold name. Dressed-up waiters bring the whole made-for-sharing shebang to your table, slice it before your eyes, and let you fold the succulent meat into house-made pancakes.


Midtown West

Szechuan Gourmet (address and info)

With off-beat (and affordable) options you can't find at every other Chinese spot in the city -- like Camphor tea-smoked duck -- it’s worth braving the Midtown lunch madness for Szechuan Gourmet. Other musts include spicy prawns with asparagus and chili minced pork with Dan Dan noodles.

New Springville

Jade Island (address and info)

You could stick to Chinatown or Flushing, but then you’d never experience unexpected gems like this Tiki bar-slash-Chinese joint out in Staten Island. While it might not have the ideal real estate (it takes a ferry and long bus ride just to get there), it does have Anthony Bourdain’s seal of approval (he called it “untouched by time and unsullied by irony” on No Reservations).

Sunset Park

Pacificana (address and info)

With more than 100 menu options, there’s something for everyone at this spacious Cantonese restaurant -- even those who have a palette for things like the Hong Kong-style duck tongue, sea cucumber and fish maw, and cold marinated chicken feet with jelly fish. If you prefer to have your crispy pork tripe in front of your Netflix queue, takeout is also available.

Macao Trading Co


Macao Trading Co. (address and info)

The folks behind Employees Only prove they're good at more than just cocktails at this Chinese-meets-Portuguese spot, which boasts a menu full of things like Macanese lobster noodles with a chili beurre blanc and African chicken with piri piri, ginger sesame slaw, and peanut curry sauce. Obviously, the drinks aren't overlooked here either, and special attention should be paid to the Drunken Dragon’s Milk (green tea vodka mixed with coconut puree, Thai basil, and Macao five-spice bitters).

Two Bridges

Wo Hop (address and info)

Established in 1938, this hidden Cantonese gem -- which is open until 7am! -- offers plenty of the usual stalwarts (egg drop soup, sesame chicken, chow mein) but the best move is to opt for the chicken with oyster sauce and fried pork chops with salt and pepper, which feed late-night hunger like nothing else.

Upper East Side

Chef Ho’s Peking Duck Grill (address and info)

Peking Duck House isn't the only place to fill your bird craving in NYC. The duck here is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and can be ordered in either a whole or half portion, which comes with cucumbers, scallions, and Chinese pancakes. If fowl’s not your thing, Ho’s pan-seared beef is equally good.

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Upper West Side

Shun Lee West (address and info)

Things are certainly dressed up here (namely, the waitstaff and decor) but there's a reason UWS residents have been flocking here for Sunday night dinner since 1981 -- a wide variety of regional Chinese dishes, from flavorful Cantonese wonton soup, to rack of lamb Szechuan-style, to Chicken With Three Different Nuts. 


West Village

RedFarm (address and info)

The claim to fame at this West Village restaurant is the Katz’s (yes, as in that Katz’s) pastrami egg rolls, but the steamed lobster, pan fried beef wonton cakes, and bacon-laced fried rice are equally satisfying. Rustic communal tables and red gingham seats make for a fun, social vibe, so be sure to dine in for the ultimate experience. This is also a two-for-one: Located right downstairs is Decoy, from the same team, offering bird-focused eats like succulent peking duck and a duck & kimchee flatbread sandwich.


M Noodle Shop (address and info)

This Williamsburg noodle spot is further proof that you don’t need to trek to Chinatown or Flushing to get your fill of traditional Chinese food. Since it's open late, you can find locals devouring everything from fried dumplings, pork buns, and sesame pancakes to rice bowls topped with drumsticks or pork chops ‘til 6am.

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1. Hand Pull Noodle & Dumpling House 7201 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

As the name suggests, this Bensonhurst Chinese offers ridiculously good hand-pulled noodles topped with everything from pork bone and lamb to beef tendon and spare rib, and steamed or fried dumplings. The prices are more than reasonable, and nothing on the menu is more than $10. The spot is pretty bare bones and though delivery is available, you should definitely eat there because after all, dumplings are best consumed when piping hot.

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2. Lucky Eight 5204 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

A longtime favorite in Brooklyn's Chinatown, this Borough Park Cantonese specializes in juicy and crispy meat dishes. Tables are teeming with families sharing orders of roasted suckling pig, Peking duck, and Hong Kong-style barbecue pork, plus lo mein and stir fried staples. The place is pretty bare bones but lazy Susan-equipped round tables and cheap prices make it a good group dinner spot.

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3. Chance 233 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY

This Carroll Gardens bistro labels itself as Chinese-French fusion (China + France = Chance). The menu offers a wide variety of pan-Asian food, from all-day dim sum and Peking duck to sushi rolls and stir fried dishes. Chance is great for dinner but it also has a solid lunch box special which comes with your choice of entree plus soup, salad, rice, and sushi or dumplings. Add a spacious outdoor patio and this neighborhood resto is a fine spot for reliable Chinese food outside of Chinatown.

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4. Grand Sichuan International 229 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

This mainstay Chinese in Chelsea serves super spicy authentic Sichuan cuisine. The tables are filled with loyal fans chowing on blazing-hot Dan Dan noodles and sautéed prawns dry rubbed with chile. For those who can't stand the heat, the menu -- which has more than 80 American/Chinese options -- has mild and reliable bites (soup dumplings, beef and broccoli, chow mein) that also hit the spot.

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5. Nom Wah Tea Parlor 13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Nom Wah has been around in some form since 1920. It's been a bakery, kitchen, and now it's a dim sum specialist and tea house. Today, it still maintains its vintage looks and if you want to taste their claim to fame, order the fried sesame balls with lotus paste and the almond cookie.

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6. Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles 1 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

This humble, no-frills noodle spot in the heart of Chinatown is small in size, but the hole-in-wall seating means that diners get a view of the open kitchen where the eponymous hand-pulled noodles are made. Most dishes feature the soft and chewy noodles which come in multiple forms (normal, wide, or fat), and pan-fried or dunked in a bubbling bowl of broth.

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7. Kum Kau 463 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Doling out American-Chinese comfort food favorites since the 1970s, this Clinton Hill spot has racked up some major street cred among locals. Dine in or order out (some think the tiny spot is more suited to taking out than eating in), but either way, Kum Kau's extensive menu is cheap, satisfying, and very generous with portions.

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8. Yaso Tangbao 148 Lawrence St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Downtown Brooklynites can skip the trip into Chinatown and get traditional Shanghai street food in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Right near Fulton Mall, Yaso Tangbao is a fast-casual counter-serve that specializes in xiao long bao (soup dumplings), plus noodle soups and rice dishes. The clean and minimalist space includes an open kitchen and communal wooden tables, making it a great spot for a workday lunch or a quick dinner.

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9. East Harbor Seafood Palace 714 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Sunset Park is booming with dim sum joints, but East Harbor Seafood is probably the best. The gigantic spot offers destination-worthy Cantonese dim sum like flour dumplings stuffed with pork, peanuts, and mushrooms, and fried bean curd vegetable rolls. The place is typically packed on weekends at peak brunch time, and though a 30-minute wait is almost guaranteed, the thrill of making a game-time decision when the carts speed by is worth the wait.

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10. Vanessa's Dumpling House 220 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

This NYC counter-serve dumpling chain gives hungry (and sometimes inebriated) souls the most bang for their buck. Fan favorites include pan-fried chive-and-pork dumplings and crispy sesame pancake sandwiches (pictured above). Vanessa's is fast, reliable, and there for you when you're craving solid greasy but good Chinese food for less than $5.

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11. Uncle Zhou 83-29 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373

Owner Steven Zhou draws from his roots to serve up traditional Henan-style eats at this pint-sized Elmhurst restaurant. All of Zhou's specialties are spicy, savory, complex and far from the run-of-the-mill Americanized Chinese dishes. The regional da pan ji (big tray of chicken), a stew-like dish with bone-in chunks and potatoes doused in chile, star anise, and peppercorn seasoned sauce, is a must-try. Note: Uncle Zhou's is cash-only.

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12. Fu Run 40-09 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

This Flushing spot specializes in northern Chinese delicacies from Dongbei, which means spicy and over-the-top dishes that you won't find anywhere else in the city and probably haven't tasted before. Take the Muslim lamb chop, a fall-off-the-bone tender chunk of meat generously seasoned with cumin, chiles, and cloves. Fu Run's no-frills and basic exterior means it often gets overshadowed by Flushing's surrounding malls and dim sum palaces, but that's all the more reason to eat at this untapped gem.

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13. East Ocean Palace 11315 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375

This Forest Hills Chinese serves mindblowingly good dim sum and a laundry list of authentic Cantonese fare. The dim sum carts feature greatest hits and more unfamiliar plates, so your best bet is to fill one of the huge tables with your 20 closest friends and try as many dishes as possible.

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14. Grand Sichuan House 8701 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

This Chinese staple in Fort Hamilton offers traditional and affordable Sichuan fare plus American mainstays (that's code word for sesame chicken). Most things on the menu are spicy, and the must-order Dan Dan noodles are especially not for the faint of heart.

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15. Xi'an Famous Foods 648 Manhattan Ave, New York, NY 11222

Pronounced "shee-ahn," this New York City mini chain garnered a cult following after Anthony Bourdain declared it one of his local favorites. The ubiquitous fast-casual specializes in northwestern Chinese dishes, most notably, hand-ripped noodles and burgers in flatbread-like buns. Don't be fooled by the noodles' to-go serving containers -- they're best enjoyed on the spot when they're still hot and fresh from the kitchen.

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16. Hakkasan New York 311 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Dim sum takes a turn for the swanky at this clubby Chinese in Hell's Kitchen whose flagship is in London. Hakkasan has several locations worldwide and no wonder -- the modern Cantonese fare is pretty amazing. The dim sum rocks and since it's not of the rolling cart variety, there's no need to beat the weekend brunch rush to get the freshest picks.

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17. Shanghai Café 100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

At the cusp of Chinatown and Little Italy, this longstanding staple shines with perfect soup dumplings. Not too heavy, not too soupy, the handcrafted dumplings are made with dough that's thick enough to safely make the journey from chopstick to mouth without sagging or leaking. Shanghai Café also has a solid selection of reliable plates like scallion pancakes and spring rolls, and everything is more-than-reasonably priced.

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18. Buddakan 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Stephen Starr's Asian fusion spot in the Meatpacking District is the level of cool that attracts celebrities, socialites, and chic European tourists. The food means business -- instead of General Tso's chicken, you'll find champagne-taste Chinese dishes like lobster fried rice and wild mushroom chow fun. The 16,000sqft space features oak-covered walls, chandeliers, and a grand staircase leading to cozy velvet booths with extra privacy.

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19. Peking Duck House 28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

At both the Midtown and Chinatown locations, Peking Duck House offers up quality Chinese at white tableclothed and lazy Susan-equipped tables. The main attraction is, yep you guessed it, Peking duck. Fancy-pants waiters bring the whole made-for-sharing shebang to your table, slice it in front of you, and let you fold the succulent meat into house-made pancakes.

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20. Szechuan Gourmet 21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

On the menu at this Midtown fave you'll find over 100 items to choose from, running the gamut from stir-fried frogs to classics like deep-fried diced chicken with chili peppers. The softly lit restaurant decorated with red paper lanterns and cushiony seating is the perfect place to enjoy a comforting meal.

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21. Jade Island 2845 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

This Chinese joint-meets-Polynesian Tiki bar in a Staten Island strip mall has Anthony Bourdain's seal of approval, so you know it's good. The reliable comfort food dishes include barbecue spare ribs, lobster fried rice, and hibachi grilled pork. Fruity fishbowl cocktails sweeten the whole shebang.

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22. Pacificana 813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

There is literally something for everyone on the 100-plus item menu at this Sunset Park Chinese. The large banquet hall space specializes in Hong Kong-style dim sum, which means carts rove by with dumplings, spring rolls, bean curd wraps, and so much more. Everything on the menu feels right, so there's no need to be picky.

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23. Macao Trading Co. 311 Church St, New York, NY 10013

From the same guys who brought us Employees Only, Macao Trading Co. in Tribeca shakes things up with a Chinese-meets-Portuguese menu. Expect noodles, dumplings, and lots of seafood, plus spot-on drinks that do great things for green tea cocktails.

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24. Wo-Hop 17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

A quirky, subterranean Chinese style diner, Wo Hop is a perennial Chinatown fave that's been around since 1938. Wo Hop offers all the familiar staples alongside more adventurous options like chicken with oyster sauce and meat-and-egg stuffed crab. It hits the spot on all the comfort food fronts, and it's open until 7am to quench late-night munchies.

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25. Chef Ho's Peking Duck Grill 1720 Second Avenue, New York, NY

Chef Ho's specializes in solid Chinese fare and most importantly, affordable (and good) Peking duck. You can choose between a whole or half a bird, both of which come with the standard accouterments of cucumbers, scallions, and Chinese pancakes. The dining room is comfortable and reliable for group dinners, making it a convenient stop for Upper East Siders who don't want to trek below Canal Street for unpretentious Chinese food.

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26. Shun Lee West 43 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

This semi-formal Chinese spot near Lincoln Center serves elegant and varied regional fare that'll satisfy any Chinatown-worthy cravings. Shun Lee is popular for its dim sum and Hong Kong-style dumplings, but also for its large plates like Szechuan-style lamb and walnut, peanut, and cashew chicken. As most Upper West Side residents can attest, Shun Lee and its large, palatial dining room is the best in the 'hood.

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27. RedFarm 529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

This brick-walled West Village eatery serves up modern iterations on dim sum in a lively and trendy rustic setting. Snag a seat at a communal table and snack on quirky comestibles like egg rolls made with Katz's pastrami and shrimp-stuffed jalapeño poppers. Mains are hearty and run the gamut from cold noodles to fried rice dishes. For the most part, seasonal ingredients set the course of the menu, which changes regularly.

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28. M Noodle Shop 594 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 11211

This Williamsburg noodle shop is proof that you don't need to trek to Chinatown or Flushing for traditional Chinese food. M Noodle serves a mash up of Shanghai street food and Chinese-American comfort standards (pork buns, fried dumplings, lo mein, you know how it goes). The best part? It's open until 6am. Hello, late-night eats.

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29. Mission Chinese Food 171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

The New York outpost of Danny Bowien's buzzy Chinese restaurant had a shaky start in the city -- after opening on Orchard Street in 2012, the restaurant closed down due to landlord issues and relocated to East Broadway. The Lower East Side spot is a destination for trendy and original Chinese food, far different from what you'll find at the family-owned banquet halls in Chinatown. Some dishes are spicy Szechuan, but for the most part, the menu draws from all over China and just about everywhere else (there's pizza on the menu). Make sure you get the fried rice, it's unbelievable.