The Upper West Side loves Chinese food! Since a ride downtown to Chinatown is not always feasible, there are some excellent Chinese restaurants on the Upper West Side to fulfill that hunkering for Chinese food on the Upper West Side.
215 West 85th Street
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 it’s “Szechuan,” so hot and spicy is the norm here. Make sure to ask to tone it down if a calmer taste is your thing. Han Dynasty was featured at both the 2016 and 2017 New Taste of the Upper West Side.
This local spot, 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 commenter was only disappointed because they didn’t live closer. Red Farm is located at NYLO, a cool hotel on the Upper West Side.
Xi’AN Famous Foods
A great Chinese place 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 and lamb burgers with a kick of house-made flatbread. Here’s a suggestion for the spiciness of the dishes: balance it with the jasmine tea.
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127 West 72nd Street
Legend 72 specializes in authentic and spicy Sichuan cuisine in a casual setting. Some dishes to try include the spicy crawfish and spicy fish with green bean noodle. They also have a dim sum menu which includes some classic dumplings, cold and sizzling plates, and a “design your own dish” option for $13.50.
And here are the newest Chinese restaurants on the Upper West Side:
- Atlas Kitchen at 258 West 109th Street
- Dun Huang at 1268 Amsterdam Ave
- West Side Wok at 698 Amsterdam
- Yu Kitchen at 2656 Broadway
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