Williamsburg’s Kings County Imperial now has a location right on the other side of the Williamsburg Bridge (really, it’s about 14 feet from the bridge) on the Lower East Side. The space looks fairly similar, and the menu isn’t too different either - there are very enjoyable dumplings, noodles, and larger wok dishes like tea-smoked mu shu duck and crispy garlic chicken. For a fun, casual group dinner on the LES where you can drink good cocktails and share a bunch of food, this is a new spot that definitely belongs on your list.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
Minnie’s is a casual little spot on the LES where you can stop by for a burger or a farro salad without a reservation on a Friday night.
Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor is very simply an excellent place to eat some good dim sum and have a little fun. There’s a reason they’ve been around since 1920.
A Philadelphia import with a big following has now arrived in the East Village. Overlook the dumpy interior and shoddy service and put your face into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles.
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
Yes, that's the real name of this restaurant, which is impressive. The ramen? Not so impressive. But there are other things to love at this noodle spot in Hell's Kitchen.
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Kings County Imperial
Kings County Imperial may not be traditional, but it serves some of our favorite Chinese food in New York City. Definitely our favorite in Brooklyn.
Mission Chinese Food
The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
In a pinch in the Lower East Side, Souvlaki GR supplied The Infatuation with some great Greek street food. Yes, it’s random. And yes, it’s delicious.
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