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Chinese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
0.2 miles from Chinatown
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Reviewed October 9, 2022 via mobile

Located in the heart of Chinatown, this restaurant offers authentic Dim Sum. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was delivered to the table quickly. Delicious. Highly recommend. Try it!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed November 17, 2019

Usually we are the English-speaking patrons but the menus come with pictures. Order things you already know and be ready for them to be better than you ever knew. Many times we survey the nearby tables, point and say "we'll have that". We have never...had a bad dish. Cash only, but won't take a lot it it.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed June 26, 2019

Apart from the modern cafes with Asian food, that areeven too much these days (much more than one can eat) - this is the great gem in Chinatown - good prices, tasty and unusual dishes! Try shrimp dumplings and different combinations of rice noodles! Staff...is very nice always greeting you with a tasty hot teaMore

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 23, 2019 via mobile

This was recommended by our tour guide, Frank, and he delivered a great recommendation! The food was amazing and tasted far more authentic then anything I ha e ever had. Massive selection of dishes too!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

We were famished after visiting 2 museums today and wanted some tasty Chinese food in Chinatown and so we went to XO Kitchen and we thought we had missed the time dim sum is served but they have it on the menu all day and...night. The place isn't fancy and they only take cash. We were seated in the back room which was fine with us as the front room looks a bit congested. We ordered some dim sum dishes like steamed pork spareribs, beef rice noodles, chicken feet as well as mabutofu with rice, pan fried chicken chow mein and barbecue pork lo mein. All were very tasty and delish! We ate all the food and nothing to take back to our hotel! We would come back if we were here another day!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 25, 2019

the place offers great chinese food, which is very tasty, portions are very big and the prices are attractive

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed February 17, 2019

I felt at home and I was treated like family!! the price is a very cheap and casual meal or dinner with a big menu probably make u confused. aromatic environment pleased you obtusely. beef noodle, Korean BBQ with rice was the best among all...the dishes that I ordered. service was cool.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

If you look at some of the top rated chinese food places this comes up they are chains though.. I guess they're kind of the McDonald's or Wendy's of Chinese food up here.. it's kind of a typical Fair they have pictures of what you...want they have all the classical type of things. Depends on what you get and when you go some is fresher than others I would go here again for kind of a quick cheap meal it's not going to necessarily be the freshest or most flavor compared to higher-cost restaurantsMore

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Will return. No frills go to Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown. I only have the beef noodle 牛腩濑粉 and it tastes good. There are a few more tables in the back – so it’s too small.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

Stuck on jury duty, I wandered around Chinatown looking for a lunch place and found this one with primarily Chinese customers, which I considered to be good sign. It was. The Kung Bao chicken was so good that I went twice more and ordered the...exact same thing. The menu prices certainly can't be beat; but bring cash as they don't take credit cards.. There were many Chinese specialties I was unfamiliar with and so can't vouch for those but wish I lived closer so that I could eat lunch at XO regularly and experiment a bit. This place with its fresh, piping hot food and competent waitstaff is quite a find.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

If you have never eaten at such a place before, this is not for the faint hearted. The dishes and dimsum steamers looked like they’ve been used for eons, and the orders just keep rolling! On the plus side, they are a very authentic place,...which is proven by the throngs of local people eating here. Obviously this place is very busy and being tiny (they can seat about 25 people) they are a superfast joint. You order off the menu indicating numbers and are all set. Food is very tasty (if you know what you want) and service is okayish. They have a narrow self serve bar as well, that seats 3-4. Would be an ideal choice for a quick, cheap and authentic Cantonese meal.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 2, 2018

Lost--But Eternally Found Most regular customers and try-it-out tourists plunge into the nearly constantly crowded XO Kitchen locus at 148 Hester Street in Manhattan, New York’s Chinatown because the throngs suggest tasty heavily fried edibles and an aura of seasoned “regulars,” serious devourers of meat,...shellfish, and a teeny weenie number of vegetarian dishes. Surprise then on our last foray there to feel and devour instead of the, excuse the expression, dishes, the somehow unusual for this site paleolithic outfits borne that day by the youthful customers accompanying their parents and grandparents whose wheelchairs and walkers they steered down the slim aisles the owner allows for entrances and exits. First gaze at the yellow and black spotted slightly shirt worn, no flaunted, by a thinnish teen. It conveyed 1950s’ style but even before the 1950s arrived. A daunting cartoon danced on another young patron’s shirt; the words “We are the minority group” leaped from the camise to scanners’ eyes. As usual the useless immense video screen directly opposite the service counter remained unwatched by all. Instead, customers and their body coverings won everyone’s gazes. A woman’s blandly dyed gray and black top with not one iota of decoration grasped everyone’s attention, including mine. The courageous simplicity of that simple upper covering brought back glimmers of a former, long-time, beautifully gaunt waitress from the very same restaurant who along with numerous other long-time waiting staff had two or three years back suddenly disappeared, perhaps dismissed or fired. The image of that single, steadfastly slim personage, eternally adorned totally in black, eyes reaching out through her black-rimmed glasses to claim mine and everyone’s devotion, the winnowy essence of simplicity, reclaimed my vision, which in reality it had never lost. She and the other lost restaurant staff remain embodied in the XO milieu forever. Albeit never seen by you, her image will surely re-emerge upon your XO pilgrimage. See it.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

Basically a Cantonese eatery, but they also have Japanese style fried dumplings and curries, Korean BBQ with rice etc. I love the Cantonese congee especially the seafood congee.....

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

Decent place for a cheap and casual meal with a large menu, especially if you're into cheese rice dishes or congee! Portions are quite generous. Service is wonderful as always. However, everyone's tummy wasn't feeling too well after the meal... Baked Filet with Cheese ($7.95)-...4/5 This is probably the entree that I keep going back to. It's delicious, cheesy, and flavorful. And makes you extremely full. Salted Baked Squid ($8.95)- 3/5 I usually love this dish, but they don't make it as good here.. They give you a wasabi/mayo sauce I think, and it tastes odd. Singapore Mai Fun ($7.95)- 3.5/5 This dish was pretty good, I like mai fun noodles and portion was decent. It comes with shrimp, ham, carrots, and veggies with sesame. Deep Fried Fish Balls with Curry Sauce ($5.95)-3.5/5 Yummy dish filled with fish balls and also potatoes and carrots in a curry sauce. I love the curry! Everything is cooked quite nicely together.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

XO is an interesting place to try Cantonese fusion-style dishes like baked rice and steaks in Chinese sauce. It also serves traditional favorites like wanton noodles. Price is reasonable but cash only.

Date of visit: March 2018
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XO Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5