However mundane or exotic your Chinese food tastes run, whatever corner of the city you happen to be in, whether you prefer your spice level at baby food or red zone levels, one of these fine restaurants will tickle your Chow Fun-ny bone.
Seems like most people I know either love this humble Chinatown restaurant with a deep, fierce passion or don’t at all get why other people love it with a deep, fierce passion, but if you’ve had the huge bowl of hot wonton soup on a nasty day, you’re in Camp A.
When I'm not eating out for work, this is my guilty comfort food pleasure--sinking into a worn red booth in this tidy Chinese spot and ordering soup and a steaming pile of chow mein. Nothing fancy, just fantastically consistent and fresh food. Great service, super quick takeout, and they even deliver within a reasonable radius.
If you live in the Hawthorne hood, this is probably your go-to Chinese takeout destination. Food is reliable and fresh, the staff is really sweet, and everything's ready fast. I always get the hot and sour soup and crispy eggplant.
This elegant Pearl District Chinese restaurant has one of the best happy hours in the city--daily from 3-7pm (all night on Tuesday), you have your pick of 20 classic dishes, from egg flower soup to sweet & sour shrimp, all ranging between $2-$6, plus $5 wine and $6 cocktails.
Weekends mean waits at this exceedingly popular Division Street dim sum palace, but once you've got your table, you're in for a treat. Try the hum bao and pork shu mai, and if you're feeling adventurous, the chicken feet. Love the slightly seedy adjoining lounge, which actually has a great happy hour twice daily, from 5-6pm and 9pm to close...think $2.50 to $5 dim sum and appetizers and $2.75 well drinks.
Besides being fun to say, this Hollywood Chinese spot has some very good noodle and seafood dishes--I'm fond of the signature prawns and the Judy's noodles myself. Parking can be interesting during peak times, so start looking for a spot when you're a few blocks off.
Frank's hand-pulled noodles are slightly addictive, so don't be surprised if you go through a Frank's phase for a while after trying them. Lunch is the best deal--nothing's over $7 and you get free soup, kimchi and pickled daikon. Super fast takeout too!
White tablecloth dining and Chinese food don't necessarily go together like chow and mein but this busy 82nd Avenue restaurant pulls it off, with huge crystal chandeliers no less. Be as daring as you wish with the Chef's Recommendation menu--it features delicacies like sauteed goose intestine and conch with fresh yam. Or, you know, get the house special fried rice. (Ok, so I'm a wimp, but it's really good!)
Try happy hour (daily 4-6pm and 9pm-close) at this high energy, high-spice Szechuan spot set inside Hawthorne Theater, you can make a very affordable meal of the dan dan noodles, sauteed baby bok choy, and seafood pancake. Glasses of house bubbly & 22oz Sapporos just $4!