These are NYC's 29 best Chinese restaurants right now (2024)

These are NYC's 29 best Chinese restaurants right now (1)

The best Chinese spots in NYC include classic dim sum destinations and speakeasy-style venues.

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Amber Sutherland-Namako
,
Christina Izzo
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Dan Q Dao

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New York City has a long lineage of excellent Chinese restaurants showcasing the culinary traditions of nearly every province in China, as well as the fusion fare created by immigrants in the United States. Whether you're looking to visitone of NYC's severalChinatowns,grab a classicdim sum brunch at an area icon, or check out sensational newcomers, these are the best Chinese restaurants in NYC.

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1.Nom Wah Tea Parlor
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown

New York's first dim sum house opened in 1920 and developed a devoted following for its almond cookies and moon cakes. In 2010, the stalwart went through a remodel. The most important tweaks, though, were behind the scenes. Now, the charming old-school institution prepares each plate to order, unlike some of the busy banquet halls that dominate Chinatown's dim sum scene.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Hutong
2.Hutong
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Midtown East

A spectacular, glittering dining room with Art Deco style for days and peripheral design elements like a long glass hallway with rows of wine bottles illuminated like heist-worthy works of art make Hutong an impressive address. Thankfully, the menu lives up to the aesthetic.Rosé Champagne shrimp dumplings sparkle, too, the mapo tofu has a welcome heat and roasted Peking duck skin crackles like it should.Hutong alsoserves special flaming Peking duck that’s only availableto pre-order, and only on a limited basis.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Geoffrey Chan
3.Potluck Club
  • 4 out of 5 stars

  • Restaurants
  • Lower East Side
  • Recommended

First opened in 2022 by the team behindMilk & Cream Cereal Bar, this Chrystie Street spot was on our list of that year's best new restaurants. See what all the fuss is about over pork and chive potstickers, braised short ribs and spicy eggplant.

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
4.MáLà Project
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

Chinese hot pot, customarily stewed with thinly sliced meats, vegetables and stock, gets a brothless showcase at this East Villagerestaurant from owner Ning Amelie Kang and chef Qilong Zhao. Named literally for “numbing" and "spicy" qualities, the restaurant’s starring dish is a variation on Chongqing-hailing dry pot, a stir-fry-like spread built with a choice ofmyriad add-ins. Meat options includebeef tenderloin, pig ear, fish fillets, squid balls and frog. Beyond the pot, diners can pull up to a 15-seat communal table or a marble-topped counter for snacks like steamed egg custard.

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Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Da Xi Sichuan
5.DaXi
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Flushing
  • price 2 of 4

Thisslightly upscale restaurant serves its dishes, likethe Tibetan-style pork rib and congee, in a theatrical and playful fashion withbright colors andattention to plating.

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6.Great New York Noodletown
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

This Hong Kong–style institution is a favorite for its consistently good eats. Choose from dozens of noodle variations—available pan-fried or in broth with add-ons like seafood, beef, pork and duck. And don’t overlook the rest of the menu: One signature stir-fry features Chinese flowering chives sautéed with your choice of duck, scallops, fish or squid.

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7.456 New Shanghai Cuisine
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 2 of 4

This 1963-vintage Chinatown eatery reopened in 2011 with the original owner's grandson at the helm. Most of the menu's Shanghai classics remain the same—like soup dumplings, crispy whole fish and cold sesame noodles. There is also an extensive array of dim sum and lunch specials.

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9.Pacificana
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sunset Park

This 450-seat Sunset Park palace is one of our favorite spots in the city for dim sum. Everything is made to order in the open kitchen,including previous hits like pork and shrimp shumai, crab soup dumplings, crispy suckling pigandsoy-sauced duck tongues.

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10.Uncle Lou
  • 4 out of 5 stars

  • Restaurants
  • Chinatown
  • Recommended

Chinatown local Louis Wong's Uncle Lou is large, lively, and feels very familial. Gather around a large table or cozy up to the bar fordishes like the lamb or oxtail stew,half chenpi duck and Buddha’s delight, all abundandly plated.

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11.Shan
  • 3 out of 5 stars

  • Restaurants
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Recommended

New to Brooklyn's Smith Street since 2022, Shan can truly bring the spice to items likeChongqing chicken, though you can also order that particular item a lot milder. The mapo tofu and cumin lamb are among our other faves in the comfortable, inviting spot.

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Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith
12.Xi'an Famous Foods
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

This Chinese chainlet highlights the mouth-tingling cuisine of Xi'an, an ancient capital along China's Silk Road. This location offers the same short menu of spicy noodles and cumin-spiced burgers in roomier digs. Unlike its sparely appointed siblings, a mix of antique touches and modern effects decorate the 40-seat restaurant.

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13.Ye’s Apothecary
  • 4 out of 5 stars

  • Restaurants
  • Lower East Side
  • Recommended

Ye's serves "classic Szechuan tapas" in a romantic environment that alsoskews speakeasy-adjacent. We've previously enjoyed the beef and pork potstickers, the chili filet-o-fish and the beautiful, petite bar's fun co*cktails.

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Photograph: Jessica Lin
14.Yun Nan Flavour Garden
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sunset Park
  • price 1 of 4

Thismom-and-poptakeout spotwas first started by a couple hailing from Kunming, the capital city of the southeast Yunnan province. The local cuisine borrows from the citrus and herb focus of nearby Southeast Asia. Best-sellers have included hot-and-sour soup with pork dumplings and skinny house-made rice noodles served cold with ground pork, roasted peanuts, and a bracing, sweet mix of chili oil, vinegar and soy sauce. More noodlesmight appear in a light bone broth, topped with goodies like crispy pig skin or braised chicken.

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15.Han Dynasty
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village

Known for his fiery Szechuan food, Taiwan native Han Chiang has earned a cult following in the City of Brotherly Love and sinceexpanded to NYC. Han Dynasty's cheery yellow walls and oil paintings surround spiced chicken wings and delicate pork wontons. The much-discussed dan dan noodlesare springier than most and with a deft balance betweenhot chili oil andcool sesame paste.

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16.Spicy Village
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Lower East Side
  • price 1 of 4

The best dishes at this noodle-based operation pack the heat and deep, complex flavors of Henan. In a spicy beef brisket dish, a tangy sauce bathes a pile of noodles all topped with chopped cilantro. In the aptly titled big tray chicken, a bright-orange, chili-spiked pool of broth is rich with star anise and cumin.

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17.Szechuan Mountain House
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

This is Szechuan Mountain House's first expansion outside of Queens, and its ambiance is above-and-beyond. On previous visits, the chili, garlic, fermented vegetables and pork on the string beans were a hat trick of flavor—freshness, spice and umami. The jellyfish salad had a dazzling, refreshing crunch. And overall, if Manhattan won’t go to the Mountain, we’re lucky the Mountain has come to Manhattan.

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Photograph: Anna Simonak
18.Peking Duck House
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

Your waiter parades the roasted duck past your party before placing it on the center show table. A chef brandishes his knives, then slices the aromatic, crisp-skinned, succulent meat with flair. Folks at other tables drool with envy. (Don’t they know that this establishment doesn’t require you to order the specialty in advance? Pity.) Select the “three-way,” and your duck will yield the main course (complete with pancakes and plum sauce for rolling up the goods), a vegetable stir-fry with leftover bits of meat and a cabbage soup made with the remaining bone.

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19.Wo Hop
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

First opened in 1938, this basem*nt spotserveswhat they call "old-fashioned chop suey style food."Wo Hop has an adjacent operation upstairs and an even more recent outdoor seating area, making it easier to nab a spot at the super-popular NYC classic.

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Photograph: Filip Wolak
20.Little Pepper
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Flushing
  • price 1 of 4

Spartan furnishings focus all attention on Little Pepper’s stunning, spicy Szechuan fare. The braised sliced fish comes simmered in a radiating scarlet broth reminiscent of a Thai curry. Dan dan noodles take on new life here, buoyed with fiery minced pork. Come prepared for the Szechuan pepper: Even simple appetizers like the sliced beef blister with firecracker heat.

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21.Hunan Slurp
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

Artist and Hunan native Chao Wang opened this slurp shop to bring a taste of his home to NYC. Upon arrival, you'll hearthe symphony of slurping noises in the dining room. Join in the chorus with a bowl ofbraised beeflu fen, with braised beef shank, cucumber, crushed peanut and minced garlic.

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Photograph: Ali Garber
22.Congee Village
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Dozens of congee varieties aren’t even the tip of the iceberg at this sprawling, delightful LES spot. Order a couple of colorful co*cktails and choose from page after page of menu items like sea cucumber preparations, several soup varieties, all manner of seafood, and plentiful beef, pork, poultry and vegetable entrées.

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23.Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles Inc.
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

Yes, the noodles are hand-pulled at this tiny Chinese eatery, and yes, they're mighty tasty. Strands are served in the broth of your choice, with a laundry list of options like fish balls, Fujianese wontons and fried tofu.

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24.99 Favor Taste
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Hot pots are the raison d'ĂŞtre of this bi-level locale, decorated with black-lacquered tables and red banquettes.There are oodles of protein and vegetable options to choose from, anddishes like curry chicken breast and beef in black-pepper sauce are also on the menu.

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25.Birds of a Feather
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Williamsburg

This Sichuanese spot in Williamsburg—from Xian Zhang and Yiming Wang, the restaurateurs behind Midtown's formerlylovely Cafe China—is as excellent and popular as the duo’s original operation. The menu here does not miss, and favorites include the mapo tofu, three pepper chicken and the tea smoked duck.

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Photograph: Courtesy Spicy Moon
26.Spicy Moon
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Greenwich Village

This East Village spot serves vegan fare like mapo tofu, General Tso's mushroom and dan dan noodles made witha meat substitute. The cozy 6th Street spot hasother locations on Bowery and West Third Street.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
27.Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Flushing

This famed soup dumpling restaurant is in Flushing’s Fulton Square. Six dumplings come in each order in varieties like pork, beef and shrimp. Enjoy them in Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao’s new (since 2019) location’s spacious, elegant dining room.

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28.Atlas Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Upper West Side

Atlas Kitchen serves what it calls "new contemporary Chinese cuisine,"includingXiang-style stinky tofu, spicy duck tongue, multiple soups, and noodles and mains like fried whole fish in sweet and sour sauce.

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Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jocelyn K.
29.Fried Dumpling
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

This tiny storefrontis known for its pork-and-chive dumplings that’ll only cost you a few bucks. Its menu also includes hot-and-sour soup,plus frozen dumplings to take home.

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