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Pearls Chinese Restaurant

Upper West Side
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796 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-5742
212 749 0300
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I've ordered from Pearl's a few times, but never eaten on site before. A friend suggested lunch there, and while the food was typical, the price was anything but. We had soup, choice of rice and entrée, and the bill was fifteen bucks. For both of us! There are plenty of inexpensive lunches in the neighborhood but I think this... More 

Thank Manhattan T
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Very nice Chinese food,well seasoned and made with fresh ingredients served quickly,piping hot and courteously. I tried the noodles,fish and beef creations and often took out food for friends or family. Lets face it,Upper West Side is not known for 5 stars Chinese food nor it is Chinatown either but some Amsterdam Ave. eateries are better than the Broadway ones.

Thank louis phillippe d
New York City, New York
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

I came here today for Vday dinner bc my husband chose the restaurant. I expected the worst when I went through reviews while waiting for my food to arrive. I'd say... Glad I came here!!! We were seated on the side which was a bit cramped because there was a baby seat behind me. Squishy. The waitress was very attentive... More 

Thank Ikinkijnni
New York, NY
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350 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I reviewed this neighborhood Chinese restaurant in October and labeled the review "consistently decent, nothing to write home about." I went again with two friends visiting NY -- this time for lunch. The waiter was churlish, chiding my friend for sitting at a table other than the one he had suggested; I arrived just as he was giving her a... More 

Thank Trup
New York, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I go to Pearls in my Upper Westside neighborhood about every six months or so. It's "signature" is a free carafe of wine with your meal --- not great wine but the gesture is appreciated. The other evening I ordered their beef and vegetables in brown sauce --- nothing outstanding but certainly a decent meal (I wouldn't have minded a... More 

Thank Trup
Widecombe in the Moor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I visit this place with friends every time income to New York. It's really a place just for locals because it's definitely off the beaten track for tourists. It's pretty much standard stuff and oddly I always seem to enjoy the starters more than the mail course. Last night I had the fried pork dumplings at $5.95 and my friends... More 

Thank Stew T
Hanover, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Pearls bills itself as Hunan and Szechuan, which I associate with strong/hot flavours. We ordered delivery and the food was fresh, abundant, but bland beyond bland. A Five Chinese Flavors eggplant, had hardly one flavor..... The Hot and Sour soup, again, nor sour nor hot. So a very average meal. Delivery was super efficient and courteous. Average seems the best... More 

1 Thank Polichon
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The food is really good, and delivery is really fast. The problem with Pearls is the inconsistency of portion size. Sometimes there are 6 prawns in my dinner, sometimes there are 3. For $13.95, that's a pretty expensive dish. We used to order from Pearls at least once a week, but then they started shorting us on ingredients. When I... More 

2 Thank ash_nyc_107
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I've been going to Pearls on Amsterdam and 99th Street for many years. The food has always proved to be good consistent chinese/american fare with an accent on Szechuan flavored dishes. It is family friendly.

Thank William A
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Pearls can be jammed with neighborhood people, but my opinion is not all dishes are terrific. I have found some to be very bland for my tastes, and I stick to just a few menu items. Little Bit of Everything soup, Hunan pork, Chow Fun. Lo Mein. The lunch is reasonable. Some of the dinner specials I feel are overpriced.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 796 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-5742
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 212 749 0300

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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