When you’re in the mood for juicy, nicely charred pan-fried dumplings, you should check out Three Times, a spacious fast-casual Chinese spot on the LES. Unfortunately, that’s all you should come here for, as the pork buns have big, dry baos around marble-sized meatballs, and the noodle-filled pancakes have almost no flavor without dipping sauces.
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For barbecue on the Lower East Side, go to Randall’s. It’s counter-service, there’s a full bar, and they make some good sandwiches on bialys.
Clinton St. Baking Company
During brunch hours, it’s not uncommon for people outside Clinton Street Baking Company to wait two hours for the pure, fluffy cakes of ecstasy that this place is known for. We won’t join them…but we can’t blame them either.
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Amituofo is a vegan restaurant in Bushwick that serves Asian-inspired dishes and is great for casual group dinners.
Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine
Skip nearby Vanessa's Dumplings in favor of the superior Shu Jiao Fu Zhou when you're looking for excellent, cheap Chinatown dumplings.
Hop Kee is a restaurant in a basement in Chinatown that’s been around since the 1960′s. Stop by for some late-night Cantonese-style crab.
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Mimi Cheng’s is a spiffed up version of the dumpling experience in the East Village. It’s the Silicon Alley startup of dumplings.
Dim Sum Go Go
For convenient Chinatown dim sum that’s open all day, Dim Sum Go Go can be your go-to.
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