Best Restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown
Despite the fancier environs here, the steaming shabu-style hot pots, featuring flavor-packed broths like spicy ma la and rich black-bone chicken, are a steal.
Don’t miss: The sake-spiked “Shanghai Mule” cocktail.
660 Washington St., 857-350-8968, thequsa.com.
Bubbling hot pots at Q Restaurant.
Hot-pot style dining at Q Restaurant feels swanky, but it’s actually a steal.
If you’re big on spice, the Ma La broth at Q is not to be missed.
New Saigon Sandwich
Blink and you’ll miss the speedy assembly of your $3 sandwich. The women behind the counter layer crusty rolls with ingredients like pâté, cold cuts (or pork or beef), cilantro, cucumbers, jalapeños, and pickled daikon and carrots. Cash only.
Don’t miss: The packaged to-go containers of fried rice.
696 Washington St., 617-542-6296.
At New Saigon Sandwich, banh mi sandwiches are crafted with astonishing speed.
New Saigon on Washington St.
The best xiao long bao can be found here, with ultra-thin skins and plenty of hot broth in each parcel.
Don’t miss: Pan-fried rice cakes with shredded pork and cabbage; three-cup chicken.
695 Washington St., 617-338-8859, dumplingcafe.com.
Where’s the dim sum, you ask? Right here.
For more on Asian cuisine in Boston, check out our complete guide: Umami Rising.