When you ask your text chain if anyone wants to go out tonight, you usually get one yes, two maybes (a.k.a. nos), and no response from everyone else. But on the rare occasion that everyone wants to join, go to Congee Village. This two-story Chinese spot just off Delancey, which has a tree growing in the middle of it and bamboo everywhere, is filled with big tables. Almost everything on the very long menu is served family-style, so you should share things like the salt and pepper shrimp, congee with salted chicken, and chicken and yam that’s served on a sizzling hot plate.
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This Peruvian spot in Essex Market has rotisserie chickens spinning at all times, and that’s exactly what you should order.
Freemans has been a key player in the restaurant renaissance we’re currently living in and ranks among our favorite restaurants of all time.
Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop
Tiny’s Giant is an all-day spot on the LES that serves big sandwiches and salads.
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Tang Hotpot is a big place on Bowery where you and your friends can have a good time dipping high quality meats into a bubbling pot of broth.
Xi’an Famous Foods
The Upper East Side has a Xi’an too, and it’s a great place to spend around $10 on spicy hand-ripped noodles.
Little Tong Noodle Shop
Little Tong is a new East Village noodle shop serving a different kind of noodle called mixian.
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Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine
Skip nearby Vanessa's Dumplings in favor of the superior Shu Jiao Fu Zhou when you're looking for excellent, cheap Chinatown dumplings.
Cafe China serves some of our favorite Sichuan food in Manhattan, and is a great group dinner spot in Midtown.
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