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Chef Yu

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520 8th Ave - At 36th St, New York City, NY 10018
(212) 736-6150
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Brisbane, Australia
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166 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here a couple of times - they serve until 11pm. We ordered shrimp with Broccoli, fried rice and Gyoza on our first visit. Very large portions which we were unable to eat, however they kindly boxed up the leftovers for us to take with us. On our second visit we ordered the salt and pepper calamari which were... More 

Thank DifromBrisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Good, basic Chinese food. No surprises, consistently good standards of Chinese. Yum!! Would have given four stars but for the server that came to the table and stood there waiting for us to pass her our water glasses over the food. I've never had that happen before.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

We order delivery from here every time we are in the city. Prices are cheap, portions are huge, delivery is fast and most important, quality is high and food is delicious.

Thank Wendy M
New York, United States
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117 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

You would think a midtown NYC Chinese restaurant would have the same old stuff you see everywhere. This restaurant is more authentic Chinese, with lots of things that ate creative or like you might find in Chinatown, if you were lucky. The food was delicious and very flavorful. Prices are moderate. Service was excellent. The tables are well spaced, so... More 

Thank Daniel V
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Ok. I will explain myself. Around this place there are many options, most of them offer you food for similar prices ( 10 usd, tax included), but in this case it is a restaurant that offers you a good meal. It tastes good. Personnel is really slow and they are not good dealing with tourist. So, I recommend, but do... More 

Thank memo D
New York, NY
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

I've been to Chef Yu at least 4x and this visit was by far the worst! It was empty (which was great) but it left me asking "then why is the service so awful??" I kid you not when I say my friend and I had 5 different waiters wait on us. 5!!! Service was sparse (despite the 5 waiters).... More 

Thank MELS16
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73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

The chinese food here was decent though it can be less salty and oily. Portions were large and service efficient. Its a very typical American Chinese menu though the dishes are generally cooked well. As the place is quite large, noise wasn't a real factor the few times I was there.

Thank Steven W
Providence, Rhode Island
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The food at Chef Yu definitely is worthy of some of the hype I've read here on TripAdvisor. Without a doubt, the food tasted authentic, the ingredients seemed fresh, and the prices were right. Our family of three was able to eat a hearty meal for under $70, which is quite an accomplishment for a restaurant in the heart of... More 

Thank policsiguy2011
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a great place to eat. The atmosphere is good and it looks like an expensive fine dining restaurant. The food is superb. It is inexpensive and presentation is great.

Thank Faye H
Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Service was ornery, borderline rude. But they can get away with it because the food is terrific. And VERY reasonably priced for New York City! We paid only $41 including 2 main courses, 2 cocktails, and a 15% tip for two people. Portions were huge. Flavors very, very good. We dined on a Monday night in March at 8:00pm and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings
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
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

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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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