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BEST Chinese Restaurant

2007 BEST Chinese Restaurant

New Jumbo Seafood


Last year a new owner added “New” to the name of this steadfastly excellent Chinatown joint. Happily, that appears to have been his only real change. The spicy salt calamari remains one of the city’s best takes on tricky-to-cook squid…. read more»

2006 BEST Chinese Restaurant

East Ocean City


A good gourmet always appreciates knowing where his food comes from. And at East Ocean City, where lobster, fish, shrimp, and king crab swim happily in large tanks before being plucked for your plate, it’s pretty obvious. The menu includes… read more»

2005 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood


Select a sea bass or blackfish from a giant tank, watch the waiters skillfully net it, and wait. Just 20 minutes later, said fish arrives steamed with scallions and ginger. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. From seafood delight… read more»

2004 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Peach Farm


Check the specials before ordering at Peach Farm—the seafood is always right from the tank, the clams in black bean sauce taste fresh from the sea, and the lobster with ginger and scallions is the stuff Cantonese dreams are made… read more»

2003 BEST Chinese Restaurant, South

Beijing House Restaurant


Chef Kwok Cheng’s specialties include most of the usual suspects (lemon chicken, Dragon and Phoenix, the ubiquitous Family Delight), but Beijing House is much more Chinatown than anonymous suburban strip mall. The spring rolls, always the first and surest sign… read more»

2003 BEST Chinese Restaurant

New Shanghai Restaurant


Sure, you’ll find General Gau’s chicken, lo mein, fried rice, and other Chinatown favorites on New Shanghai’s endless menu, but it’s unexpected details like a decent wine list, polished flatware, and cloth napery that sets this restaurant apart. Not to… read more»

2002 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Taiwan Café


Taiwan Café’s light-as-a-feather handmade pan-fried dumplings, delicious tilapia braised with scallions and spicy bean curd, or garlicky sautéed watercress are a welcome change from the heavy-handed dishes found at many joints in Chinatown. And they’re only a few of the… read more»

2001 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant


On any given night you’ll find some of the city’s top chefs here after work with chopsticks waving. The eight water tanks filled with live seafood make fish and shellfish obvious choices. Crispy calamari with jalapeño peppers go down like… read more»

2000 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood


It stands to reason that seafood is the speciality of the house at this bright little spot near the Chinatown gate. To wit: The restaurant is decorated with tanks of live fish, lobsters, eels, crabs, and shrimp. The atmosphere itself… read more»

1999 BEST Chinese Restaurant

New Shanghai


Nestled near the Chinatown gate, New Shanghai is, literally and figuratively, a step up from its neighbors. The decor is passable—it won’t depress you like some Chinese restaurants, and there’s a colorful fish tank in front—but the food is truly… read more»