If you want some high-quality dim sum, and you don’t want to sit at a big round table for two hours, go to Dim Sum VIP. It’s a small place on Mott Street with an all-day dim sum menu, and it’s a good spot for a quick lunch or dinner. Bring a small group, or stop by for a solo meal, and order the crispy shrimp rice rolls.
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Pho Bar is a casual Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown that’s great for a bowl of very rich beef pho by yourself or with a date.
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Spicy Moon is a vegan Szechuan spot in the East Village where you can have a casual dinner or celebrate something big.
Little Alley is a restaurant in Murray Hill that specializes in Shanghainese food. It’s a decent casual dinner spot, but maybe don’t travel for it.
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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.
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