Xi’An Famous Foods has quickly become a mini empire, with locations throughout the city. The spicy cumin lamb noodles and “burger” sandwiches are about as good a spicy cheap meal as you can find. This Chinatown location does have some communal seating, and you can usually find a place if you’re not too many people.
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Bassanova is a below-ground Japanese spot in Chinatown where you can get an excellent bowl of creamy green curry ramen.
Pho Bar is a casual Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown that’s great for a bowl of very rich beef pho by yourself or with a date.
August Gatherings is an upscale spot in Chinatown with a big menu of everything from foie gras to fish ball soup.
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Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
The noodles are good, but the real reason you go to this tiny Chinatown spot is for some of the best dumplings in the city.
Kings County Imperial
Like its original Williamsburg location, the Lower East Side Kings County Imperial serves very good Chinese food and cocktails.
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Despite its name, Thai Son is actually a Vietnamese restaurant on Baxter Street in Chinatown.
Xi’an Famous Foods
The Upper West Side location of Xi’an Famous Foods is an affordable place to eat good, spicy Chinese noodles.
Jiang Diner is a casual East Village spot that specializes in Northwestern Chinese food.
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