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Chef Yu

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

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good food awful service.

No smile , no hi , no customer service. ....just sitting around chatting in their language. ..no attention to guests.. .to bad for that wonderful food they have. cheers.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

No smile , no hi , no customer service. ....just sitting around chatting in their language. ..no attention to guests.. .to bad for that wonderful food they have. cheers.

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Miami Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We have ordered a variety of dishes and have never been disappointed. The food comes piping hot and quickly so if you have tickets and not much time to spare this is a good choice. In the early evening they have a large selection of drinks between $4.50 and $5.00, during their happy hour, which is a nice way to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Staff friendly and quick and efficient service. Food very good and reasonably priced and all 200 yards from our hotel - the Wyndham New Yorker. A busy restaurant but it is quite large so didn't feel cramped at all.

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los angeles, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Went here for dinner as our hotel - Wyndham New Yorker - is just right across. For the price this is a good sit down dinner. We ordered mostly noodle soup as we were hankering for broth. For 5 people bill came to around $54. Not bad by NY standards and at least we did not have fast food for... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I arrived here after checking the menu online and deciding that it is cheap enough and good enough for a light dinner. I found a very nice restaurant with good service and great food. It can be a good place for a business meeting or for a family dinner. It is big and not too crowded so you can always... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Not the best Chinese I've had, but certainly not the worst. Huge place, I've eaten upstairs and down. They have a nice Happy Hour with some good cocktails too. Food is reliable but nothing particularly unusual or inspired. But decent and consistent. Quite noisy, it's on a busy street corner and it's a big, cavernous place.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Visitors to New York City tend to think they have to travel to Chinatown to get good authentic Chinese food. As for the authenticity, I can't speak to it - I have eaten food from all regions of China, but I have done it here, and in many cases, I am sure that what I am eating is Chinese food... More 

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Vaughan, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife, daughter and I ate at this Chinese restaurant. We loved the food, service and ambiance. The price of the dinner was very reasonable.

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Union City, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

One of my boyfriend favorites chinese restaurant, its clean, the food is delicious and well and quick served. Our suggestion is the Lemongrass chicken and BTW the hot black tea is free.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It seems like I can't get a good meal in the vicinity of Penn Station. Usually I am on my way to the train and want a light dinner. The service here was prompt and the restaurant was bright. The menu contained typical Chinese food. I was hoping to find a replacement for West Side Cottage, my favorite Chinese restaurant... 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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Doing business


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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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