Where in Boston to Order Chinese Food for Takeout or Delivery

From comforting American-style takeout to fiery Sichuan noodles and funky Hunanese flavors, get region-hopping flavors at home.


Dumpling Daughter opened a brand-new Coolidge Corner location in the midst of the pandemic. Now, it has three Greater Boston restaurants ready to take your takeout order. / Photo courtesy of Dumpling Daughter

Boston’s Chinese food landscape has evolved tremendously since Chinatown was established about five generations ago. Right now, though, the coronavirus pandemic threatens to erase many of these beloved independent businesses—and decades of delicious history. So if you’re craving sweet and saucy Chinese-American takeout, fresh hand-pulled noodles, fiery Sichuan cuisine, and even juicy soup dumplings, consider ordering from a mom-and-pop spot in your neighborhood that is open for takeout or delivery.

We’ve gathered up eight current favorites for at-home enjoyment below. In addition, we’ve also updated our more-comprehensive guide to the 19 best Chinese restaurants in Boston, indicating whether they’ve reopened for takeout (good news; most have!) or remain closed. We’ll continue to refresh with new information, as available.

With that in mind—from Chinatown to Allston and Malden to Quincy, here’s where to find the best Chinese food around Boston right now.

Note: Due to the uncertain nature of the present moment, as well as what it takes for full-service restaurants to pivot to takeout operations, these options are subject to change. This post will be updated. Please call a restaurant directly if you have questions about ordering. Additionally, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association are both tracking self-reported takeout options with their own online portals. Looking for other takeout and delivery options? Check out all of Boston magazine’s dining guides for the pandemicLast update: May 15, 2020.

Bess’s Cafe

This homestyle, humble little spot is open for takeout and Doordash delivery, offering noodles and more comfort food from owner Bess Lee and family. That includes a short but strong list of dumpling options, both pan-fried and steamed, wrapped in a delicate, just-thick-enough rice dough made in-house every day. For the takeout era, Lee is packing up some best-selling combos, like her signature steamed chicken dumplings swimming in spicy Sichuan sauce with a side order of scallion pancakes; and dan dan noodles with vegetable spring rolls. Current hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (6 p.m. Sundays).

224 Cypress St., Brookline, 617-879-0993, besscafe.com.

You, too, can make Blossom Bar’s Halo Halo cocktail look this good on your front porch. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain

Blossom Bar and the Baldwin Bars at Sichuan Garden

For very good reasons, second-generation owner Ran Duan earns a lot of attention for the creative cocktail bars housed within the Sichuan Garden restaurants his parents founded in Brookline and Woburn. Now, you can bring his mixology home via Duan’s new brand of Craft Blossom Mixers, some of the finest bottled cocktail ingredients around. The Sichuan dining menus are also available, so you can pair drinks like the velvety-purple Halo Halo with fiery dan dan noodles, or the coffee and passion fruit-spiked Gloria with Chongqing dry hot chicken. All this, without needing to wait for a coveted barstool at one of Duan’s bars. Call the Baldwin Bar after 4 p.m. to order takeout and cocktail mixers from the Woburn location, or order online ahead of time to pick up drink kits at Blossom Bar in Brookline.

2 Alfred St., second floor, Woburn, 781-935-8488, thebaldwinbar.com; 295 Washington St., Brookline, 617-734-1870, blossombarbrookline.com.

China King

Chinatown’s best-known Peking duck can be delivered to your door: China King is open for pickup and delivery via UberEats and Deliberr. Along with takeout favorites including rice dishes, noodles, and handmade dumplings, the menu also includes the three-course Peking duck feast once enjoyed by Julia Child, Larry David, and other luminaries. Courses include crispy skin with pancakes; shredded duck meat and hand pulled noodles; and duck soup with tofu and vermicelli. The feast must be ordered by 3:30 p.m. the prior afternoon, and it will serve four people. Current hours are Wednesday-Sunday noon-9 p.m.

60 Beach St., Chinatown, Boston, 617-542-1763, chinakingboston.com.

China Pearl (Quincy)

While the Chinatown dim sum house is closed for now, Quincy’s China Pearl is open daily for takeout lunch. Rice noodle rolls, shumai, steamed bao, and other items join tons of wok-style dishes available for takeout. You’ll also find “survival packs” of dim sum dishes like lemongrass chicken wings, turnip cakes, bao, and more to reheat at home. For now, China Pearl is open for pickup only, daily from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

237 Quincy Ave., Quincy, 617-773-9838, chinatowndelivers.com.

Bubble tea is on the menu from this fun Chinatown favorite—spiked with soju, or not. / Photo courtesy of Double Chin

Double Chin

This Chinatown late-night favorite is still open for takeout and delivery from noon-11 p.m. on weeknights, and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Await at-home delivery of fun fusion fare like Sriracha-honey chicken, kimcheesy waffle fries, noodle soups, and even over-loaded Hong Kong-style French toast. Bubble tea, smoothies, beer, sake, soju, and signature cocktail kits are also available to go—boozy boba, anyone? Double Chin is trying to raise money to provide food for frontline healthcare workers, too. Call to order pickup, or get delivery at any time of night from a third-party app.

86 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-482-0682, doublechinbos.com.

Dumpling Daughter (Brookline and Weston)

There are two locations of Dumpling Daughter ready to take your order, even though the Cambridge location is currently closed: Owner Nadia Liu Spellman actually debuted a brand-new Dumpling Daughter in Coolidge Corner on Wednesday, May 13. Similar to her original location in Weston, the Brookline menu is inspired by the homestyle fare her mother, chef Sally Ling, made for her girls at home: Pan-seared and steamed dumplings, spring rolls, scallion pancake rolls, noodles, soups, and more. “Our loyal fans have been extremely supportive during this time and we have never felt as needed as we are now,” Spellman says in an emailed note to announce the new opening. Call or order online from Brookline or Weston to schedule a pickup time; both locations are open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-8 p.m. (Stay tuned for word on the Cambridge location—sister cafe Vester, also located in Kendall Square, is currently offering limited menu selections for pickup at Dumpling Daughter Weston.)

1309 Beacon St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline, 617-383-5282; 37 Center St., Weston, 781-216-8989, dumplingdaughter.com.

Gourmet Dumpling House

If the typical line outside this Chinatown spot has deterred you in the past, know that it’s currently open every day from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. for takeout. Crispy-chewy Shandong-style pockets are a must-order, and “mini juicy” soup dumplings won’t disappoint, either. Other takeout options include spicy salt-and-pepper fried calamari, a Taiwan-style oyster omelet, and hot and spicy ox tongue and tripe. GDH is also on GrubHub.

52 Beach St., Boston, 617-338-6223, gourmetdumplinghouse.com.

Kowloon

Recreate the tiki bar experience with pu pu platters, “Seafood exotic” stir-fries, General Gau’s chicken, and—of course—mai tai mixers to go. The Wong family, who own this Rt. 1 icon, is currently taking a break from takeout, but will get back at it on May 18. And soon, you may be able to experience another dose of nostalgia at this 70-year-old restaurant: Kowloon envisions adding carhop service (cocktails included) and a drive-in movie to its parking lot this summer.

948 Broadway, Saugus, 781-233-0077, kowloonrestaurant.com.

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A delicious spread from Sichuan Garden II at the Baldwin. / Photo by Michael Piazza for Best Restaurants 2014

You know ’em, you love ’em—and many of them are back in action. Here’s our recap of the best Chinese restaurants in Boston, with details on the availability of takeout and delivery. Watch this space for more updates!

The 19 Best Chinese Restaurants in Boston

From Cantonese-style seafood to fiery Sichuan noodles and Peking ravioli, an ultimate guide to region-hopping flavors.

Chef Chang’s on Back Bay
Status: Currently closed

This subterranean spot retained some of the provincial decor from its former life as a wine shop—so you’ll slurp hand-pulled noodles, sample pork burgers, and savor other Xi’an-style fare against a backdrop of staid Victorian townhouses. Its spicy, northwestern-regional cuisine is the best Chinese food option in the Back Bay.

30 Massachusetts Ave., Back Bay, Boston, 617-236-1888, restaurantji.com.

Chili Square
Status: Open for takeout and delivery

A favorite restaurant in “the other Chinatown” of Quincy, Chili Square reopened May 11 for takeout and delivery via the app Rush Runner. Head to the hole-in-the-wall Wollaston spot to pick up chewy, hand-pulled noodles with aromatic beef broth; fresh fried fish filets; and spicy specialties like mala-style duck wings.

666 Hancock St., Quincy, 617-472-8888, thechilisquare.com.

Five Spices House
Status: Open for takeout 

A multi-year Best of Boston winner in Chinatown and a newer, second location in Cambridge are both great options for Scoville-scaling Sichuan dishes, like thin-skinned wontons drenched in neon-orange chili oil, a signature whole-roasted fish, and spicy dry pot (a wok-charred stir-fry) with a choice of veggies and proteins.

58 Beach St., Chinatown, Boston, 617-574-8888; 546 Mass Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-714-3339, 5spiceshouse.com.

Gene Wu

Gene Wu of Gene’s Flatbread Cafe making noodles at his Boston shop. / Photo by Toan Trinh for “Cheap Eats in Boston From A-Z”

Gene’s Flatbread Cafe
Status: Open for takeout and delivery

Go for a drive in the ’burbs right now to get your fix of Gene Wu’s thick and chewy Xi’an-style hand-pulled noodles, tossed with cumin-scented lamb, or garlicky spicy cilantro oil; and hand-held flatbread pork sandwiches. The Woburn location returned May 5, and is open every day but Monday from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. The Westford is back on Thursday, May 14, with plans to open Thursday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. For now, the downtown Boston location remains closed. Order online from the open locations, or find Gene’s on Grubhub, Doordash, and UberEats.

466 Main St., Woburn, 781-938-6888; 175 Littleton Rd., Unit A, Westford, 978-692-3406, genescafe.com.

Golden Garden
Status: Open for takeout and delivery

This large restaurant in Malden—“another Chinatown” around Boston—is known for both reliably delicious Americanized takeout staples, as well as authentic, Northeastern Chinese-style dishes, like stewed chicken with mushroom; sour napa cabbage with pork belly; and sautéed pork with clear, chewy mung bean noodles and a soy-based sauce. It’s open Wednesday-Monday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. for takeout, and delivery within 5 miles of the restaurant. Call or order online.

9 Highland Ave., Malden, 781-322-3708, goldengardenmalden.com.

Hand-pulled noodles with cumin, peppers, onions, and lamb at Home Taste in Watertown. / Photograph by Jenna Skutnik for “Top New Restaurants 2016: Found in Boston

Home Taste
Status: Open for takeout and delivery

Wife-and-husband duo Ying and Kai Chen continue to bring their “home taste” of the central Chinese province of Henan to the Boston suburbs in the time of social distancing. That means thick, peppery, stir-fried wheat noodles; squiggly Chongqing “small noodles” topped with minced meat, peanuts, and bright orange chili oil; and hamburgers (or flatbread sandwiches) filled with aromatic stewed lamb—enjoyed in the comfort of home. Curbside pickup is set up in both Watertown and Arlington, with delivery options too.

1312 Mass Ave., Arlington, ​781-646-8080/781-646-8081; 58 Mt Auburn St., Watertown, 617-923-0227/617-923-6227, hometastema.com.

Jo Jo Taipei
Status: Open for takeout and delivery

This place is a dumpling lover’s delight, with spicy Sichuan wontons, rich and luscious soup dumplings, fluffy steamed pork bao, and more pocket-sized specialties on the “homemade flour corner” of the menu. But it’s an Allston mainstay thanks to a range of other specialties, like three-cup cuttlefish (braised in a cup each of soy, wine, and water), basil-scented wok-fried eggplant, and very spicy beef noodle soup. Jo Jo Taipei remains open daily for pickup, and also offers delivery via Caviar.

103 Brighton Ave., Boston, 617-254-8889, jojotaipei.com.

Mary Chung
Status: Currently closed

Since the 1980s, Joyce Chen alum Mary Chung has welcomed droves of MIT students and Central Square types for dishes like spicy dun dun noodles with chicken, Sichuan beef salad, and the regularly available special, egg roll-like hand pies filled with crispy radishes or savory chives. Don’t miss the suan la chow show, which are pork wontons served with bean sprouts in a spicy, soy-based hot and sour sauce.

460 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-864-1991.

Irene Li (far left) and her team at Mei Mei are once again redefining Chinese-American takeout. / Photo courtesy of Mei Mei

Mei Mei
Status: Open for takeout

Chef Irene Li and her siblings have redefined Chinese-American takeout in Boston with a delightful menu of dumplings, vegetables, and scallion pancakes, reinvented with regional ingredients and twists inspired by their Brookline upbringing. Now, the six-time James Beard Rising Star award nominee Li is redefining what takeout looks like. Mei Mei is currently selling meal kits to recreate its signature scallion pancake sandwiches, dumplings, and rice dishes, plus trays of pre-made pork and pierogi dumplings to heat and serve at home. Li is also working with the organization Off Their Plate to provide food for hospital workers, and selling and donating groceries. Order online to schedule a pickup time between 3-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, or weekends from noon-2 p.m.

506 Park Dr., Boston, 857-250-4959, meimeiboston.com

Myers + Chang
Status: Open for takeout

Dishes like tea-smoked spareribs, Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings, wok-charred udon noodles, and coconut cream pie with lime whipped cream are on the pickup menu from Boston’s original Asian gastropub. There are also beer, wine, and sake selections, plus provisions like brown sugar-pepper rub (to make your own ribs at home), and chili sambal by the half-pint. Of course, chef-founder (and bonafide superstar) Joanne Chang’s house-made fortune cookies still come with every order. Open Wednesday-Sunday; call between noon and 3 p.m. to preorder and schedule a pickup time between 4-8 p.m.

1145 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-5200, myersandchang.com.

Peach Farm
Status: Currently closed

Figuratively diving right into the restaurant’s fish tank to select your own lobster is a quintessential dining experience in Boston, and not only because this stalwart spot is open ’til 3 a.m. Peach Farm’s Hong Kong-style Cantonese seafood is among the absolute best, from the garlicky scallops on the half-shell to whole-steamed black fish with ginger and soy.

4 Tyler St., Chinatown, Boston, 617-482-1116, peachfarmboston.com.

Cumin lamb with cilantro at Qingdao Garden.

Cumin lamb with cilantro at Qingdao Garden. / Photo by Tim Sackton on Flickr/Creative Commons

Qingdao Garden
Status: Open for takeout and delivery

As in northern China, where wheat is a staple crop, dumplings and noodles abound on the menu at this northern Cambridge favorite. Other must-order menu items range from crunchy stir-fried vegetables, to crispy fried flounder, to spicy lamb hot pot—and anything from the “Northern Style” section. Qingdao Garden offers takeout and delivery Thursday-Sunday from 4-10 p.m.

2382 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-7540, qingdaogarden.net.

Shabu Zen
Status: Currently closed

Head to either busy Boston location for a fun night out of cook-your-own hot pot loaded with fresh, thinly sliced meats, vibrant vegetables, and richly flavored broths (including vegan-friendly options). Soup selections include Thai and Japanese flavors, but we suggest the spicy Mongolian-style broth, which gets even more complex as all the tasty ingredients are dipped in by the friends around the table.

16 Tyler St., Chinatown, Boston, 617-292-8828; 80 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-782-8888, shabuzen.com.

Shanghai Gate
Status: Currently closed

This unassuming Allston spot is where to go for simple, well-made traditional dishes like porky soup dumplings, rice wine and ginger-scented seafood, and tender lion’s head meatballs. A savory staple of Shanghainese cuisine, the savory meatballs are served here as a meaty “casserole” with steamed bok choy.

204 Harvard Ave., Allston, 617-566-7344, shanghaigateboston.com.

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The Baldwin mansion in Woburn that’s now home to Sichuan Garden and the Baldwin Bar. / Photo by Alex Lau

Sichuan Garden at the Baldwin
Status: Open for takeout

The addition of celebrated spirit guru Ran Duan’s awesome, takeout-ready cocktail mixers has been a rare bright spot during the shutdown. (See Blossom Bar and Baldwin Bar entry at page top.) But we’ve long been in love with the American-Chinese food his parents first debuted at the Woburn location of the Sichuan Garden restaurants—like fiery dan dan noodles, pork dumplings with chili vinaigrette, and Chongqing dry hot chicken.

2 Alfred St., second floor, Woburn, 781-935-8488, thebaldwinbar.com; 295 Washington St., Brookline, 617-734-1870, blossombarbrookline.com.

Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
Status: Takeout and delivery

Hunaese cuisine is spicy, but not in the same, mouth-numbing way that categorizes Sichuan flavors more commonly found around Boston. Taste the play of fermentation, heat, vinegar, and smoke through colorful dishes like fried cauliflower and pork belly with duo jiao (a chopped-chili sauce), “beef on fire” with black rice, and purple yam bao buns. The Kendall Square restaurant is open for pickup and delivery via Caviar daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (2-9 p.m. on Mondays).

270 Third St., Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-945-0907, sumiaohunan.com.

fried Taiwanese-style pork chop at Taiwan Cafe

The fried Taiwanese-style pork chop stays juicy and succulent at Taiwan Cafe. / Photo by Chelsea Kyle

Taiwan Café
Status: Reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, May 19

Chef Peter Wang has grown a “mini juicy buns” empire thanks to his Dumpling Café, located elsewhere in Chinatown; Dumpling Kingdom in Allston; and Dumpling Palace in the Back Bay. While those spots are currently closed, the soft buns filled with molten, porky soup are also available from this street-food focused spot, which Wang first opened in Chinatown in 1998. Other authentic Taiwanese dishes found here are the equally craveable crispy pan-fried dumplings, a flaky scallion pancake rolled up with roast beef, succulent fried pork chops, garlicky sautéed watercress, and more. Taiwan Cafe reopens on Tuesday, May 19 for takeout and delivery via GrubHub.

34 Oxford St., Chinatown, Boston, 617-426-8181, taiwancafeboston.com.

Winsor Dim Sum Café
Status: Currently closed

Rather than roving carts, here you’ll check off your small-plate selections on a slip of paper, hand it to a server, and be rewarded with a feast of shumai, spare ribs in black bean sauce, wok-charred chow fun noodles, Sichuan-style beef stomach, and more.

10 Tyler St., 617-338-1688, winsordimsumcafe.com.

Zoe’s Chinese Restaurant
Status: Reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, May 19

Head to Somerville for flavorful Peking ravioli, mouth-numbing mapo tofu, and dry-fried beef or chicken with hot peppers. There’s a sizable selection of authentic Sichuan and Hunanese dishes on the menu, alongside decent versions of takeout classics like orange chicken and lo mein packed with crisp and fresh vegetables.

296 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-864-6265, zoeschinese.com.