New York City is one of the most famous cities on the Eastern Coast of the United States. It’s known as “The City That Never Sleeps” for good reason. Between the theater, attractions, shopping, and most of all dining – there is always activity with people in the streets.
New York City’s dining scene serves all five boroughs and is world-famous for a good reason. In the last 10 years, New York City has experienced a Chinese food rejuvenation. The city has seen an increase in many new restaurants with diverse offerings.
Best Time To Visit
Anytime is the best time to visit New York City.
- Spring – Tourists flock to the city to admire the cherry blossoms at botanical gardens or stroll through one of the parks. While out and about enjoying the warmer weather, tourists have numerous restaurants to choose from.
- Summer – Tourists travel to the city for a baseball game or Coney Island. Restaurants offer outdoor tables as well as indoor tables to enjoy the air condition.
- Fall – Tourists enjoy coming to the city to experience the leaves changing colors in the five boroughs. Many of the cultural attractions and museums offer new exhibits in the Fall.
- Winter – Tourists are drawn to the city to see the window displays for the Holidays, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, or experience the parks covered in snow.
Restaurants are a good place to meet friends to catch up. They are also a good place to try new food or to enjoy some of the favorites. New York City has no short supply of great restaurants. Here are some of the best places to enjoy authentic Chinese food.
The Handpulled Noodle
The Hand-pulled Noodle is located at 3600 Broadway New York and is known as “North-Western Chinese Soul Food”. The hand-pulled noodles are very thin noodles made of only flour and water. The uncharacteristic variations in the thickness of the noodles make them a fun food to enjoy! They add a rustic, imperfect flair to their dishes. Homemade seitan is used for the vegans/vegetarians’ versions. The house favorite is Cumin Lamb and Ding Ding Noodles. This favorite dish is a chopped noodle also known as mini gnocchi.
Yu Kitchen is located at 2656 Broadway New York. Yu Kitchen offers a reasonably priced menu with many great options. The Chinese dark mushroom with stewed chicken noodle soup is a customer favorite. Tourists and locals adore the lamb soup with fresh pita bread as well as Wulong steamed pork with sticky rice.
Tri Dim West
Tri Dim West is located at 467 Columbus Ave, New York. A popular stop for tourists after visiting the Museum of Natural History or Central Park looking for excellent Chinese food and strong cocktails. This Shanghai restaurant carries time-honored Chinese dishes from Jellyfish salad to Dim Sum. Their Pecking Duck is a local and tourist favorite. Tri Dim West is a sister location to Tri Dim Shanghai located at 1379 3rd Ave, New York.
Little Pepper is located at 18-24 College Point Blvd, College Point. Little Pepper is around a 20-minute bus ride from the subway but well worth the ride. Little Pepper is known for the various ways tofu is prepared. For tourists looking for spicy food, Little Pepper will not let them down. Tourists should be prepared with a tall glass of water or beer when eating the Chong Qing chicken which uses capsaicin in every form. Little Pepper doesn’t disappoint when it comes to spicy, salty, sweet, and sour.
Friendship Foods BBQ
Friendship Foods BBQ is located at 36-22 Union St Flushing and is one location of three in NYC. This is a chain restaurant that spans five states. They are known for their variety of kebabs which are served Xinjiang style along with noodle dishes, fried rice, and seafood. The meats are prepared with a tasty cumin seasoning and barbequed very well. Beer is available to enjoy. The service is great and the prices are very reasonable.
Shanghai You Garden
Shanghai You Garden is located at 4107 Bell Blvd Bayside, Queens. Tourists looking for soup dumplings will find the best ones here. They are small, thin-skinned, and filled with delicious gravy. A local favorite is the Pan-fried pork bun and the Peking duck. Tourists should add it to their list of food to try while in NYC!
Alley 41, located at 136-45 41st Ave Queens, is on a secluded 41st Street right off Main Street. The owner chose this location because it reminded him of his childhood. The restaurant is very enticing with its décor. Alley 41 offers a large variety of food with plenty of options for everyone whether looking for Sichuan classics to bar snacks. Alley 41 does not disappoint!
Where to Stay
New York City has many options for places to stay while visiting the city. The choices are numerous – 5-star hotels, romantic hotels, or best value hotels.
- Lotte New York Palace: $650 a night
- Margaritaville Times Square Resort: $248 a night
- A Jewel, a Club Quarters Hotel: $199 a night
New York City has so much to offer to people visiting the city. No matter why people are in the city, tourists should put on their to-do list to try one of the Chinese restaurants listed above.