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Good chinese food in Chinatown?

Anyone have any recommendations for the best restaurants in Boston's Chinatown? I'm just visiting for the weekend with my family. The only caveats are: 1. we stuffed ourselves with lobster last night already, and 2. my mom's a big time clean freak, so the cleaner the place is, the better. Thanks all! :D

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"Pizza, where's the best place for this?"

wow. that is a loaded question.

pizza in new york is like music - everyone likes it but what does that even mean? what kind of music do you like - rock, country, jazz, rap, evanescence?

notice how long that thread cited by Captain is? and that's just one of many pizza threads on CH. now try doing a google search - to quote a movie: "mind-bottling isn't it?"

anyway, a possible solution is just simply to try a variety of pizza places. the first problem is that there's a lot of crap pizza out there. but then again, maybe one new yorker's crap pizza is your hot slice of gold. i mean, someone out there actually likes evanescence, right?

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

EMP or Per Se?

facinating. why have i never heard of this place? should i be making reservations and trying this place asap? or is more of a "when you get a chance" kind of place?

anyway, don't worry about the lactose intolerance thing at per se. i'm lactose intolerant, brought my lactaid with me ... it was no problem whatsoever. further, one of my friends doesn't eat red meat so the kitchen adjusted her 9-course accordingly. not only that, but the substitute dish that she was served instead was one of the best dishes of the evening.

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

What is fresh in Chinatown?

is that what it's called? i thought it was just called "hollow stemmed vegetable"

the bean paste sounds like a good idea. i'll try it next time, thanks! :)

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

EMP or Per Se?

sorry ... what is EMP?

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Teenagers visiting Union Square area

I agree on Rosa Mexicano.

Republic, Spice, and El Cantinero ... don't do it. PLEASE.

Pomme Frites is good but might not be a big deal for them since it's basically just chips. But a walk up St. Marks would be fun for a bunch of teenaged boys.

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

wine bar in theater district

casellula. i'm a fan too. the chocolate cake treading in fresh cream is quite good.

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

9th Avenue- 10:30AM Saturdays-What To eat?

interesting dilemma. a lot of places don't open until lunch on saturdays in hell's kitchen. eatery and vynl are fine. i find them a bit ho-hum but maybe that's just me. for brunch, i prefer to go over to Tenth Ave to 44&X (corner of 44th and 10th). i find it less greasy/heavy and fresher tasting than eatery and vynl. but it's not open til 11:30 on saturdays.

i agree on amy's bread. yum. they've got this ham and cheese biscuit that will make you want to jump up and down on the street it's so good.

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best Once In A Lifetime Manhattan Meal?

i was pretty surprised by the comment and went to tripadvisor to check it out. i read the review that raved about GT and said that the person didn't want to pay the deposit for Per Se. certainly, the cost of a dinner at Per Se is at first glance prohibitive, but let me put it to you this way: right now on kayak.com tickets to costa rica are $250 r/t from NYC. i would rather spend that $250 on the 9 course at Per Se.

not to say that GT isn't great. i've been to GT with friends and it was excellent. but to say its a "once in a lifetime meal" in New York is like calling Gerald Ford the greatest man of the 20th Century.

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

World Financial Center - am I truly screwed?

thanks for all the suggestions. i'm headed out of town starting tomorrow but i'll report back on the few west side down town possibilities that you guys have mentioned.

Oct 18, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

essentials in flatiron/k-town/garment/curry hill

when it starts to get cold, the ramen and jigaes served up out of the back of the korean take-out place "woo ri jip" will warm you up at low cost. it's not fancy and i'm not saying it's the best korean food ever, but the place is packed with koreans every day and that's probably a good sign.

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best dumplings in Chinatown? Both $1 & higher

i totally agree. some of the other places, after i eat their dumplings i feel like a paper napkin that's been dredged across a slice of pizza in the village: saturated with grease.

also, some folks have mentioned the dumplings at dim sum go go. the place next door to it, goodies, has pretty decent little xiao long tang bao. the dumpling skins are delicate and the dumplings aren't artificially filled with soup like at joe's.

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

World Financial Center - am I truly screwed?

i did a search and didn't find much. financier and the raw bar at pj clarke's. sadly i don't think i can subside on oysters and illy coffee. :( you know it's bad when one of your partners takes the ferry over to hoboken for lunch.

i used to live over by the seaport too. there were a couple good things over there: zaitzeff's hamburgers, and some southeast asian place on fulton and gold.

i was kind of hoping someone would enlighten us all with a secret hole in the wall on south end or something ...

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

World Financial Center - am I truly screwed?

So I work at the World Financial Center now. The food options are poor at best. About the best things I can find to eat are salads at Cosi (with the accompanying strangely crack-like cardboard bread) and smoothies at Elixir.

Is there any hope???

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best Once In A Lifetime Manhattan Meal?

actually, it was at le bernadin! one half of a surf-and-turf.

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best Once In A Lifetime Manhattan Meal?

agreed, although i tried some of my friend's waygu beef there once and it was possibly the greatest thing i've ever placed on my tongue.

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best Once In A Lifetime Manhattan Meal?

a few years ago i went to per se and it came to be the best meal of my life to that point. a few months later i went to alain ducasse at the essex house and it was even better. not that the food at alain ducasse was better, but the service: at per se i felt that the service was as if the waitstaff knew that the night was a special occasion for us and that we were so lucky to be eating there; at alain ducasse the waitstaff treated us as if to say "of course you deserve to have this incredible meal with impeccable service and a beautiful flower arrangement and a special stool for your girlfriend's purse. it is our honor to humbly serve you." !!!

of course, this is chowhound and not service hound.

and alain ducasse at the essex house is closed.

so i'll just say per se and keep it simple.

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

What is fresh in Chinatown?

just as a follow up in case anyone is interested. stopping by the groceries on east broadway yesterday, the hollow stemmed vegetables were pretty popular amongst those that appeared to know. stir-fried last night with some garlic and ginger was pretty tasty.

Oct 17, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

8 visitors, 4 days, rec's for good meals?

who's in your family? little kids, gramps and granny, picky teenagers? what neighborhood(s) are you looking for?

Oct 16, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

What is fresh in Chinatown?

Cooking up some chinese food tonight and want to make some fresh seasonal chinese veggies. I'll be wandering through Chinatown on my way home from work ... any tips on what vegetables are fresh and yummy right now?

Oct 16, 2007
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

oh ... that's true. i feel less foolish now. thanks pdg.

Nov 30, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Dinner before opera at the Met?

i agree with the suggestions against daniel as a pre-opera meal. if i'm going into the theater i personally don't want to be so over-stuffed that i fall asleep midway thru, so for me that typically also means that italian is almost certainly out. my alternate suggestion (the ones above are good, imo) is sushi. i love sushi when i'm hungry but don't want to feel weighed down after the meal. just my opinion.

Nov 30, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Flavor junkie on a budget

oh man. i gotta try this place.

Nov 30, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Flavor junkie on a budget

i agree with lloydg. you can go eat in k-town, you see the empire state building and herald square and macy's in its holiday-ness, madison square garden, and then go for korean food. forte is fun, noisy, weird. my friends thought it was a trip to go for beer and korean-style fried chicken with tupac playing on the stereo. they also felt like they were in on a secret since we had to walk into a random business entryway and climb stairs to get to the restaurant. plus it's a short subway ride from 32nd street to any of: times square, union square, or grand central. and of course, the karaoke.

Nov 30, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best Ramen - one person a vote

p.s. is momofuku even ramen?

Nov 30, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Best Ramen - one person a vote

JoLi ... i think you're talking about Saporo. yes, it's very good and has my vote. :)

Nov 30, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Friends coming to visit on a budget

if you hit pommes frites in the east village, make sure to cross the street to a salt and battery for the deep fried mars bars. omfg!

also, it's not cheap, but (i've mentioned this in half of my replys to posts) the lunch at bouley is a steal! a relatively inexpensive way to get a top flight meal. but a lot of it is seafood, often not a favorite amongst midwesterners (i grew up there).

Nov 29, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

I Want a Classic Italian Hero sandwich

also on bleeker: abbondanza's. tell them what you're in the mood for and let them take over. you will be very happy.

funny story about this place. i went there once with a friend and they had pulled pork on special that day. i asked for a bbq pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and they took over from there. awesome sandwich, messy, huge. my buddy ordered a pulled pork sandwich too but ... well here's how it went:

my buddy: "can i get that with ... sun dried tomatoes ..."

abbondanza's guy: "no. you can't do that."

my buddy: "uh ... okay. how about with some cauliflower then."

abbondanza's guy: "uh-uh. nope."

my buddy: "huh? okay well then i'll just have a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw too, but can i have mine with provolone?"

abbondanza's guy: "no. you can't have that on a bbq pork sandwich, guy. c'mon!"

Nov 29, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Flavor junkie on a budget

i've heard that the best place for thai food in new york city is in queens. flushing i believe. sorry i don't know more about it than that. beware of thai food in manhattan. a lot of it is overpriced and of only average quality. french food ... we got lots of that. but it can be $$$. good luck!! oh ... btw how tight of a budget are we talking?

Nov 29, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan

Special Occasion - No Reservations?

if you're looking at l'imperio, consider it's new sibling restaurant alto. i took my gf there for her birthday last night and we had a really top notch dinner. the plates were excellent, so was the service including our sommelier who put together a wine pairing for our meal. the only drawback was that we closed the restaurant down with a table next to a bunch of young bankers. bleh.

oh and if you can. sneak in a lunch at bouley. actually, just do it. make it happen.

Nov 29, 2006
krunkymunky in Manhattan