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Restaurants in Chinatown (New York City)
Member Name: Autumnrose
Restaurants in Chinatown (New York City)
Advantages: So much to choose from and pretty cheap and well priced for what you get.
Disadvantages: The general area is rather dirty and unkempt
In April of this year I had the great luck to be able to visit New York City as I had never before been my Husband was more than willing to let me know what I needed to see and do while I was there. As he was not going he had a huge list of things for me to do. One of them was to visit China Town and eat at any one of the hundreds of restaurants that are spread over the few blocks that make china town.
So we chose our second day to go to China town and shop and eat. We rode the Subway to get there and when we got off the train and walked up the stairs back above ground it was almost as if we had walked into a totally different time and place. All I could do for a few minutes was stand around and just watch the throngs of people as they went to and fro on their way. Then I noticed how loud it was it seemed that every one was yelling. I was rather quite overwhelmed and at first wanted to turn right back around and go back to my hotel room but my cousin would have none of that. So off we walked looking for a place that was busy I had been told to look for a place that had people eating already because that meant it was good. If no one was there then don't go as it meant that not even the locals would eat there. So that's what we did.
We must have walked past about 20 different places before we settled on this one. We had stopped to read the menu when this lady stuck her head out the door yelled something to us that we could not understand then told us to come in come in as she ducked back in to take care of the customers that were already there I turned to look at the menu one last time when the cook banged on the window and waved us in with his spatula and a big ear to ear grin.
So we went in and were shown a table we sat down and I looked at the lunch specials and picked what I wanted I had a Curry type chicken that was so good. My cousin had sweet and sour chicken with fried rice and mine came with lo-mien so we shared all of it and had a feast. It was the best Chinese food that I have ever had it was well cooked and very hot. So hot that it burnt my mouth the first bite I took.
As I sat waiting for my lunch to cool I was happy to see families with young children come in and get seated right away. I was shocked to see the little lady that was screaming at every one to come in sat a complete stranger at a large table with a group that she was not with but they did have room at the table and the place was packed.
I can not remember how much we paid but I think it was 14.00 dollars with drinks and tip. I just remember being amazed that it was not way more. I went back later for dinner but was sick at the price change. The best time to hit China town and eat is for lunch. They have great prices on lunch specials and you can find them all over the place in china town. It seems that every little place has their own list of specials that they run each week. I only had 4 days in New York City had I been blessed with more time I may have ventured back to china town to explore more of their wonderful little restaurants that seem to line the streets.
I really enjoyed my time in China town but there was one thing that I just could not get over. How dirty it was. It seemed like every thing was run down the paint all had layers and layers of paint over it and there were news papers blowing in the streets. Out of all the parts of New York I did get to see I would have to say that it was really the dirtiest part of the city. I think I just expected it to be as clean and well maintained as the rest of the city due to the fact that it is a tourist attraction.
A visit to China town is a must for any visitor to New York City. It was a great day and I did have a lot of fun. I would love to be able to explore more and perhaps eat more of the wonderful dishes that I could smell when I got off the train and walked up the stairs. I may have been dirty there but it sure did smell like heaven.
Summary: Worth the dirt to get the great food and something every one should experience.
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