On Jan. 25, families around the world will take part in celebrations for Lunar New Year. To kick off the 15 days of celebration, Chinese families gather at home or at a favorite restaurant on New Year’s Eve for a reunion dinner, often featuring noodles for longevity, fish for prosperity and dumplings for wealth.
If you’re looking for a feast to celebrate the Year of the Rat with friends and family, Hoodline has crunched the numbers to find the top Chinese restaurants in New York City, based on Yelp ratings and our own methodology. Happy Lunar New Year!
1. Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine Restaurant
Topping the list is the Lower East Side's Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine Restaurant, situated at 118 Eldridge St. (at Broome Street). With 4.5 stars out of 814 reviews on Yelp, this spot is the highest-rated Chinese restaurant in the city.
2. Corner 28 - The Roast
Next up is Corner 28 - The Roast, boasting four stars out of 69 reviews on Yelp. Located at 5124 Eighth Ave. (at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 52nd Street) in Sunset Park, it has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Vanessa's Dumpling House
The Lower East Side's Vanessa's Dumpling House is another top choice. Yelpers give the dumpling spot — which can be found at 118A Eldridge St. (a few storefronts down from No. 1 eatery Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine Restaurant) — four stars out of 2,609 reviews.
4. Clay Pot
Also in the East Village is Clay Pot, another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 305 Yelp reviews. Head over to 58 St. Mark's Place (between First and Second avenues) to see for yourself.
5. The Bao
Last but not least, check out The Bao, which has earned four stars out of 1,173 reviews on Yelp. You can also find this spot in the East Village, at 13 St. Mark's Place (between Second and Third avenues).