China Blue would be a great place to film a movie. It’s huge, and decorated in a sort of Jazz Age style, with lamps that have hanging crystals and other assorted vintage accessories. They’re owned by the same people as Midtown’s Cafe China and Williamsburg’s Birds Of A Feather, and focus on Shanghai-style food. Get any of the dumplings, the crispy eel, and the noodles with scallion sauce and dried shrimp. If you’re not into filming movies, it’s a great option for a big group dinner or private event.
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Around since 1980, The Odeon is a New York City classic. It may not be the same downtown destination that it was thirty years ago, but they still serve very respectable bistro food and stiff drinks, and brunch is always reliable.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
Yes, that's the real name of this restaurant, which is impressive. The ramen? Not so impressive. But there are other things to love at this noodle spot in Hell's Kitchen.
Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
Mission Chinese Food
The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
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The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Tetsu is a Japanese restaurant in Tribeca from the chef behind Masa. It’s basically a stand-in for Nobu.
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