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520 8th Ave - At 36th St, New York City, NY 10018
(212) 736-6150
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Good food for group service

Ate here as part of a group tour. Food was good, served family style, but wait staff did not inform us of what they were providing so we had a guessing game to try and determine what we were offered.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Brampton, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Always have the same things here so can't speak for a menu that is very diverse but the Cantonese Wanton Soup with Roast Duck and Cellophane Noodle and the Szechuan Dumpling Appetizer are amazing! Used to live in the tri-state and this has been a favorite for many years. Always go back when I'm in town.

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Brampton, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Ate here as part of a group tour. Food was good, served family style, but wait staff did not inform us of what they were providing so we had a guessing game to try and determine what we were offered.

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Pittstown, New Jersey
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136 reviews 136 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I was walking to a place on the West Side, an area where I rarely travel, and purely by chance walked past this restaurant. It was late afternoon. I was a bit hungry. Given the time, I was surprised to see that the restaurant was somewhat full of people. I glanced at someone's plate looking through the window. It looked... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

One of the great Chinese restaurants in New York City. Delightful food, very fast to take order and even faster in getting the food piping hot to you. Recommended for all Chinese food lovers.

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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

Make sure you are sure what you are ordering. I ordered mango chicken thinking like home it will be chicken with some mango style sauce. The waiter then asked what ketchup I wanted, I was a bit perplexed as to what she meant but the language barrier was to far to bridge so I just said yes. When it came... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Had lunch in this midtown Chinese restaurant; chicken and string beans. The food was quite tasty, the beans crisp. The vegetable fried rice was nice. The food wasn't greasy. My only gripe was there should have been about a third more chicken. Perhaps this deficient was a cost savings as the dish was on their lunch menu.

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Stumbled across this restaurant a couple of months ago when wandering down 8th Ave. Also went there today for lunch, portions are large and food is good but not great but I would rather go here than take a chance on some of the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants around that neighborhood. Service is definately not with a smile but they are... More 

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Just opposite New Yorker Hotel so very convenient but the outside doesnt look fancy so its easy to miss. We had a variety of dishes all were tasty and fresh. We were surprised at the bill because of the location . It was far less than we expected to pay.

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United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We ate here twice during our holiday. Both times the food was excellent, the staff were swift and helpful. I recommend the mango chicken!

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Kilkenny, Ireland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I looked this restaurant up as we wanted something close to our hotel & not have to battle through the throngs.. Big Mistake!! Got seated quickly, ordered duck which was mostly fat & no duck! Husband got beef chowder & to quote 'Bowl of snot'. Main course arrived Beef schezwan which was stringy chewy meat served up with a mountain... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 520 8th Ave - At 36th St, New York City, NY 10018
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 736-6150

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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