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Chinese New Year: Five Exceptional Choices for Dining Out

Despite the fact that the Chinese New Year commenced on Monday (January 23rd), the celebration continues in New York as the Year of the Dragon has arrived. Unlike some cities in the U.S, New York has some of the finest and most authentic Cantonese restaurants anywhere outside of China. Therefore, 2DineOut has curated the consummate list of five superlative choices for dining out that would properly celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Chinatown Dim Sum:

Golden Unicorn:

18 East Broadway, New York, NY, 10002

P: + 1 (212) 941-0911

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Golden Unicorn serves some of the finest and most authentic Cantonese Dim Sum in the city. What better way to celebrate the year of the dragon than delectable dim sum in Chinatown? Some of the favorite dishes are: Steamed Shrimp Dumpling ($3.25), Steamed Vegetable Dumpling ($2.25) and Steamed Beef Ball ($2.95).

Grand Harmony:

98 Mott Street, New York, NY, 10013

P: + 1 (212) 226-6603

Akin to Golden Unicorn, Grand Harmony also serves some of the most authentic dim sum in the city. Located in Chinatown on Mott Street, Grand Harmony serves fantastic dumplings (Steamed Shark Fin Pork and Parasly, House Special Shrimp Dumpling and Pork Shui Mai) as well as other delectable dim sum dishes such as: Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce, Beef Ball w/Watercress and Shrimp Ball with Almond. Overall, whether it is to celebrate the New Year or to just to dine out at an exceptional dim sum, Grand Harmony is a winner.

Dumplings, Dumplings and More Dumplings:

Vanessa’s Dumpling House

Although it does not have a proper dining room, Vanessa’s Dumpling House serves some of the finest and most affordable dumplings in Manhattan. Averaging 50 cents per dumpling (some are 25 cents), Vanessa’s is easily one of the least expensive Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. In addition to dumplings (Boiled Shrimp Dumplings (8) $4 and Fried Chive and Pork Dumpling (4) $1) Vanessa’s Dumpling House also serves fantastic Sesame Pancake with Peking Duck( $2.25) and Beef Noodle Soup ($3.50)

Fine Dining:

Shun Lee Palace

155 East 55th Street, New York, NY, 10022

P: + 1 (212) 371-8844, W: www.ShunLeePalace.com

While there are many venues located in Chinatown that serve exquisite Cantonese cuisine as well as authentic dim sum, who says celebrating the Chinese New Year can not be done at an upscale restaurant? Shun Lee Palace is one of the best Chinese restaurants in NYC. Among the many scrumptious dishes served at Shun Lee, the best are the Barbecue Spare Ribs ($19.50), Shrimp with Lobster Sauce ($25.95) and Beijing Duck ($45).

Mr. Chow

Quite possibly the “King of Chinese Cuisine,” Mr. Chow is one of the best, if not the best Chinese restaurants in New York. If that was not a strong enough contention, then perhaps it’s affordable $35 prix fixe dinner menu for New York Restaurant Week should do the trick. The NY Restaurant Week menu includes an appetizer (Chicken Satay, Mr. Chow Noodle, Squab w/Lettuce or Water Dumplings) entree (Green Prawns, Beijing Chicken, Drunken Fish or Spicy Pork w/Chilli) side of Shrimp Fried Rice, Vegetables AND dessert (Mixed Sorbet). Restaurant week concludes on Friday February 10th, 2012.

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