Best Chinese Food on the Upper West Side
The Upper West Side loves Chinese food! Since a ride downtown to Chinatown is not always feasible, there are some excellent choices on this west side of town to fulfill that hunkering for Chinese food on the Upper West Side.
Let’s talk about these four that have been getting rave reviews:
Yes, it’s part of a chain of Szechuan restaurants through the country (with one downtown) but we won’t hold that against it. Its large “family style” preparation makes it ideal for trying out a few dishes and just sharing the bill. (Doesn’t that just simplify everything!) Choice items include “dan dan noodles” and the dry pepper chicken. Just remember that is a “Szechuan,” so hot and spicy is the norm here. Make sure to ask to tone it down if a calmer taste is your thing. 215 W. 85 (btw. Amsterdam and B’way).
This local, given A+ marks from an Asian reviewer, offers dim sum/appetizer-styled dishes and again, try everything. The owners bring a “greenmarket” touch to their menu, and it seems like their Pac Man dumplings with guac and sweet potatoes keep customers coming back. One comment was only disappointed because they didn’t live closer. 2170 Broadway (btw. 76th and 77th)
Xi’AN Famous Foods
A local gem that has done well since its roots in a Queens mall in the mid-2000s. It now boasts 8 locations, with the UWS getting some nice word of mouth. Their specialties include “hand-ripped” noodles, lamb burgers with a kick on house-made flatbread. Here’s a suggestion for the spiciness of the dishes: balance it with the jasmine tea. 2675 Broadway (btw. 101st and 102nd).
Flor De Mayo
Yes, this one has a little spin on it, a combination of Chinese, Peruvian and Spanish. Hmm..that’s an interesting twist. Choices include lomo saltado which is a Peruvian beef dish cooked with vinegar, soy sauce and French fries! Don’t forget to include a side of squid ink fried rice, and plantains with large portions, and moderately priced. 484 Amsterdam Avenue (Btw. 83 and 84th)
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