Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

With three Chinatowns (one in Flushing, one in lower Manhattan and one in Sunset Park) and a slew of other Chinese restaurants littered throughout the boroughs, NYC has it good--really good--when it comes to finding delicious, authentic foodstuffs from this Far East country. Presenting the very best Chinese restaurants in the city.

Decoy
Chinese · West Village · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

The Peking duck “soars” at this underground West Village Chinese beneath RedFarm, where the “succulent” specialty is the star of “awe-inspiring” prix fixes enhanced by “craveable” sides and “crafty cocktails” ; the “cramped space” has just a single “long” communal table, but there’s also a bar for à la carte eating.
Pacificana
Dim Sum · Sunset Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Authentic and delicious” dim sum draws “throngs” to this huge, “you're-in–Hong Kong” Sunset Park banquet hall, where a well-priced Cantonese menu backs up what's on the “rolling carts” ; on weekends it's a “madhouse” packed with “big, multigenerational parties” , but “be patient” – it's “worth the wait.”
Wu Liang Ye
Chinese · West 40s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

“One of the best Chinese restaurants north of C-town” , this outfit just off Rock Center is known for “lip-tingling” , “real-deal” Sichuan cooking ( “bring tissues to deal with your runny nose” ); “bargain prices” outweigh the “glum” decor and “indifferent” service.
RedFarm
Chinese · West 70s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Intense” flavors and “innovative” preparations make for “unbelievably good” Chinese plates and “contemporary” dim sum (a “strong suit” ) at these “lively” hangs from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng; “long waits” (no reservations) and “elbow-to-elbow” seating are the downsides, but “incredible” cocktails help ensure “everyone leaves happy.”
RedFarm
Chinese · West Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Intense” flavors and “innovative” preparations make for “unbelievably good” Chinese plates and “contemporary” dim sum (a “strong suit” ) at these “lively” hangs from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng; “long waits” (no reservations) and “elbow-to-elbow” seating are the downsides, but “incredible” cocktails help ensure “everyone leaves happy.”
Hakkasan New York
Chinese · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

“Spectacular” Shanghai-chic surrounds “transport you” away from the Theater District at this “massive” branch of the London-born chain, where the “modern” Cantonese-inspired fare and “epic” dim sum also “impress” ; “fabulously expensive” prices are part of the “high-end” package, but after a few “fancy” cocktails you might “not mind.”
Café China
Chinese · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.8

Fans praise the “authentically spicy Sichuan” fare at this “novel” Murray Hill Chinese that offers “outstanding” specialties in a setting recalling a “circa-1930 Shanghai teahouse” ; “moderate” prices make some amends for sometimes “spotty service.”
Spicy & Tasty
Chinese · Flushing · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.5

The “name says it all” at this Flushing Chinese where the “hot, hot, hot” Sichuan cooking will “open your sinuses” but won't scorch your wallet; overlook the “nonexistent” decor, no-reservations rule and any “communication problems” with the staff – it's “all about the food” here.