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Chinatown restaurant

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Chinatown restaurant

I will be on vacation in San Francisco in January and plan on one day going to Chinatown. I will be there around lunch time and looking for recommendations for restaurants. I have to admit, I've only had Americanized Chinese food so that is all I can go on for preference.

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This article lists some of the Chinese restaurants mentioned by TA regulars, DEs and visitors to San Francisco. As one may notice, while there are many "Chinese" restaurants in San Francisco, one has to be more specific as most locals will choose the type of Chinese cuisine they want to eat from the various regions or perhaps based on a cooking style or the spicyness of the food.

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many great restaurants in SF and to say that one should only choose a restaurant from this list would be unfair. Looking for a late night meal, there are some late late night Chinatown restaurants.

Please use a food website such as www.chowhound.com or www.yelp.com or www.urbanspoon.com or the SF Chronicle Food site www.sfgate.com/food to read reviews before you go. www.opentable.com has reviews and one can reserve a table at some of these restaurants.

Dimsum is usually served during lunch. Here is a primer on Dimsum Cannot decide which Dimsum restaurant ? Just pick one from the list at lunch time.

Too many choices ? Pick any of the resturants from the Chinatown list and you will have a great meal.


Cantonese, Seafood (R&G Lounge)

Cantonese, Dimsum with no carts (Great Eastern) - You order of a menu

Szechuan (Z & Y Restaurant, Sichuan Home) - Spicy Food and the distinctive taste with Szechuan Pepper Corns

Hunan (Hunan Homes Restaurant) - Spicy Food

Specialty (Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant)

Takeout Dimsum (Good Mong Kok Bakery, Golden Gate Bakery known for its Egg Custard Tarts) - Eat it soon after as Dimsum should be eaten HOT

Nanking Style (House of Nanking) - Popular with visitors

Downtown/ Financial District

Upscale Cantonese, Dimsum with Carts (Yank Sing Two locations) - Most would recommend the Rincon Center . Very Popular with locals and visitors

Cantonese, Dimsum with Carts (City View)

Upscale Chinese (MY China) - Owned by Chef Martin Yan of "Yan can cook' fame

Upscale Chinese (Hakkasan) -- International Chain with locations around the world including London

Expensive Chinese pre-fixe (Jai Yun)

Nanking (Fangs)

SF Neighborhoods

Hip Chinese (Mission Chinese) A second restaurant was opened in NYC to rave reviews

Shanghai (Shanghai Dumpling King)

Hakka (Hakka Restaurant )

Chinese with Korean Influences and famous dry chicken wings (San Tung) Close to the Golden Gate Park Museums

Cantonese, Dimsum (Hong Kong Lounge, Ton Kiang)

Takeout Dim Sum (Good Luck)

Beijing (Beijing Restaurant)

Islamic Chinese (Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant)

Late Night Cantonese Food (D& A Cafe)

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Let us know if you need more names. It is always a Good idea to peruse the TOP questions on the right side about what to do, see where to eat in SF. Does not mean you cannot ask questions so feel free to still do so

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If you only have had Americanized Chinese food, you might also want to think specifically for any particular authentic dishes to try. Dim Sum, Noodles, Dumplings, roast duck or perhaps something more exotic like the ones listed in this video http://youtu.be/wFGCr9KsqUA

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Al - LOL! I remember when that went viral over the summer. Let's not try to deter the OP from good Chinese food.

Tiff - for lunch time, try dim sum at Great Eastern. They speak passable English and have photo menus.


Then walk up to Grant Ave for fresh egg custards at Golden Gate Bakery.... if they are open. : p


Edited: 09 November 2013, 19:42
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