Randomness (r_ness) wrote,

Some Manhattan Chinatown pointers.

My parents are really useful for pointers to Chinese food, particularly in New York City, Central New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. I've tried three of the these but I'm looking forward to the others.

Phone numbers are listed here, but at some of these places you probably won't reach anyone who speaks English. If your Mandarin or Cantonese are adequate, however, you should be fine. I dunno about Hokkien or Shanghainese.

Li Chuen Corp.
17 Catherine St.
Manhattan, NY 10038

This place is a take-out counter which has the best scallion pancakes cong1 yuo2 bing3 in the area. So say the members of my extended family. I haven't been there yet. Details when I check it out. Not really a restaurant, as it only has one table. Sells packages of frozen pancakes.

Lao Shandong (Old Shandong)
99 Allen St.
Manhattan, NY 10002

The short menu includes their specialty, guo1 gie1 (fried dumplings), and a few other northern specialties. Has a couple of tables. Counter staff doesn't really speak English, but there may be someone around (like me) who can translate for you.

Business really picked up when the New York Times reviewed them. When the review came out they had no idea where all the new customers were coming from, as they don't read English. Now, they have the review posted.

Hong An (listed as Fong Inn Too in the phone book, which doesn't sound right to me in either Cantonese or Mandarin)
46 Mott St.
Manhattan, NY 10013

The best place in town for bai2 tang2 gao1 (a flat, translucent white sugar dessert). Mostly a soybean factory. The soybean stuff is adequate, but not great, as are the zhong4 zi. But the bai2 tang2 gao1 is first-rate. Pity it travels poorly.

Wong Kee
113 Mott St.
Manhattan, NY 10013

Specializes in roast duck shao1 ya1 (a.k.a. huo3 ya1). Only makes ten a day, so go early.

Sanky Bakery
243 Grand St.
Manhattan, NY 10002

branch at:
90A-B Bowery
Manhattan, NY 10013

Chinese bakery products, like dan4 ta1 (egg custard tarts). Somewhat more expensive than the other places, but better, and still not very expensive.

May May Gourmet Chinese Bakery
35 Pell St.
Manhattan, NY 10013

The storefront of a major frozen food bakery making steamed buns sold in Asian supermarkets all over the northeast. Their dou4 sha1 bao1 (steamed red bean buns) are the best around, and are available frozen in twelve packs, ready for steaming. (For folks in Boston, try your local branch of the Super 88 Market.) Their cha1 shao1 bao1 (barbequed pork buns) are also very good, but only available at the storefront. My parents report that the owner doesn't think he can mass-produce them and maintain the quality, so he doesn't distribute them.

Staff has gotten somewhat pushy in recent years (the owner, a nice guy, no longer works the counter as he has a business to manage), but the buns are still excellent.

I would really like to figure out how to input Chinese characters into LiveJournal, as in many cases the English name listed is neither posted nor even useful for asking directions.
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