Comfort Inn Manhattan Bridge
61-63 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 925-1212
Fax: (212) 925-5655
Chinatown has a plethora of Chinese restaurants but Spicy Village stands out due to its innovative recipes and judicious use of spices in the dishes. The seating is limited but people in the neighborhood still flock to this place for savoring delicious Asian meals. Popular menu items include Dry Bean Curd, Japanese Seaweed Salad, Clam Hui Mei and Lamb Triple With Thin Rice Noodle Soup. Guests can request for customization of the amount of spices in the dishes, and the attractive visual presentation only increases one's appetite. If you are unable to bag a seat in the restaurant, avail of their delivery or takeaway option.
Almond Flower Bistro is a cozy restaurant in the heart of Chinatown, serving authentic Chinese cuisines. The interior of the restaurant has a friendly ambiance, with a burnt brick wall on one side giving it a typical backstreet restaurant look. Try their famous crispy calamari with cardamom salt, or the roasted monkfish with clamps, shrimp, mussels in bouillabaisse. Their signature seared rack of lamb with roasted parsnips, squash and au jus, will certainly land you in a finger-licking battle! The range of items available here is pretty extensive and the ever-smiling staff is always eager to serve you.
Congee is one of those places where you can order a ton of food and still pay a pittance. Wholesome and generous-portioned dishes of beef porridge, curry fried dumplings, crab meat soup, and shredded pork with Mei Fun feature on the menu. But leave room for hearty house-specials, such as sautéed crabs and T-bone steak, which have a sort of fan following. Walk in or take-out, Congee's the place for a satisfactory Chinese fix.
If looking for a budgeted meal way too early in the morning, then Cup & Saucer is your best bet in the city. Offering morning specials of hearty sandwiches, decadent omelets, muffins and delicious pancakes, it only makes sense that this is one of the best for breakfast. Continue to enjoy their grub on the go with take out and delivery options or stop by for a light bite at peak lunch hours. Affordable yet satiating, this diner is perfect while in NYC.
The food served here might be the tastiest deal in the city. The savory chive and pork dumplings are a favorite among the regulars here, which can be prepared both fried and boiled. The sesame pancake with a vegetable filling is another popular menu item. With this restaurant being constantly filled with customers, the food is always piping hot and freshly made. There are only six stools for seating in this restaurant, so most diners get their food to go and just eat it as they walk or on a nearby bench.
Don't go to New Malaysia looking for ambiance as there is none, but do go for its excellent Malaysian cuisine which is served in strictly pedestrian environs. The menu at New Malaysia is fairly extensive and features many indigenous Malay dishes like Ipoh Rojak(tamarind based salad), Poh Piah(fresh spring rolls) and Roti Canai(fluffy bread and coconut based chicken curry). Notable dishes on the menu include the Indian Mee Goreng (fried curried noodles), Hainanese Chicken Rice(Steamed chicken served with a flavorful broth and rice), Assam Laksa(curried noodle soup) and Nasi Lemak(a complete meal of chicken, rice and accompaniments like boiled egg and pickle). Do end your meal with a typical Malay desert like Chendol or Red Bean ice.
Yi Zhang Fishball Inc on Eldridge Street is a cheap Chinese restaurant. They are known for their fishballs, German style egg noodles with soy peanut sauce which is only for USD2, fish noodle soup with lamb which is for USD6 is their most expensive item on the menu! Yi Zhang is quite inventive with their noodles and you fill find a variety of them on the menu.
Jing Fong Restaurant is a lavish dining place that specializes in dim sum cooked in the Hong Kong-style. The chefs are Chinese, thus lending authenticity to the food, which is prepared using traditional recipes. The dim sum is served in the classic style in bamboo baskets and garnishes are used to make the dishes visually attractive. Savor items like Barbecued Spare Ribs, Roasted Peking Duck, Salt Baked Lamb Chop and Diced Pork With Cashew Nut for the main course, accompanied by rice and noodle dishes. This restaurant has a luxurious ballroom with a seating capacity of 800 guests and can be hired for business functions, wedding receptions and bridal showers.
Shanghai Café is a busy Chinese eatery, located in the heart of New York City's Chinatown. This lively eating house is renowned for its mouth-watering Pork Dumplings, which can be steamed or fried according to your taste. Shanghai café has an extensive menu which also features several other varieties of dim sum like Steamed Pork Buns and Fried Shanghai Wontons and many noodles and rice dishes like Braised noodles with Beef/Chicken/Pork and Shredded Pork with String Beans and Black Mushrooms which are served over rice and best enjoyed family style. The restaurant however gets to be quite noisy at meal times when the service can seem a bit rushed and brusque as the servers try to accommodate the hungry crowds. Cash only.
Chosen as the best Chinese restaurant in New York by Zagat's 2006 guide, Oriental Garden is known for its no frills approach to food. The unremarkable decor and sometimes brusque service is more than compensated for by the cuisine. Crabs, lobsters and other sea food are kept in tanks up front only to be plucked out and cooked fresh for you. Dig into dishes, such as the succulent Salt and Pepper Prawns or the Diced Seafood Soup, and the highly recommended Razor Clams in Black Bean Sauce. If you want Chinese food that's fresh, wholesome and affordable and don't mind an unexciting ambiance, then this is the perfect place to go to. It must be remembered though - dinner here is not for the squeamish, there are dozens of creatures staring at you from the fish tanks, while you eat your meal!
Fontana's is located between the Broome and Grand Streets in New York. The bar has two floors of enormous dancing space with extensive musical memorabilia adorning the walls. Upon entering, there is a large attractive bar that looks pretty inviting. The back room contains a pool table and a large video screen which keeps the youngsters hooked on to it, and the basement room features live bands playing rock as well as the latest pop. The hospitable bartenders and the relaxed atmosphere of the bar give it a great feel. The concerts and events that happen regularly in the bar are something to watch out for.
One of the many vendors clustered around the Manhattan Bridge, BBQ Kebabs is one of the best places to head to for a kebab fix. You will find a lot of variety on the kebab menu of this little food stand; you can choose from among chicken, fish and beef, or perhaps have them all! But the most popular one by far is the succulent lamb kebab, with its subtle flavors of ginger, cumin and chilly. You can afford to have your fill, because they come at a measly USD1 per skewer.