Café China

Café China

(Now Closed)
Chinese Restaurant and Szechuan Restaurant$$$$
Garment District, New York
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  • Guha A.heart icon on user image
    Guha ArunkumarJune 10, 2017
    Get the stir fried assorted fresh mushroom (and ask for it to be made spicy) irrespective of whether you're a vegetarian or not. 😋
  • Gus B.heart icon on user image
    Gus BorrmannSeptember 19, 2015
    Shrimp dumplings are great. Pork dumplings with chili oil are amazing. And the King Pao Chicken is a good choice as well.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 24, 2015
    Recommended - Braised Fish with Tofu Lunch Special. Fresh and meaty chunks of fish with tofu in a mildly spicy sauce.
  • Jagadish G.heart icon on user image
    Jagadish GandhiApril 7, 2015
    Wonder how this place got a Michelin Star. Lunch menu is all precooked and dry. Lunch menu is tailored for a quick turnaround in business district.
  • Jason H.heart icon on user image
    Jason H.January 7, 2016
    Everything is great - as the other reviews said - but nobody mentioned the excellent eight jewel rice pudding for dessert!
  • Dustin M.heart icon on user image
    Dustin McSwaneJanuary 17, 2015
    Great decor, food was delicious service was excellent, and stag was informative and friendly. I will most definitely be back
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungApril 21, 2017
    dumplings, scallion pancakes + beef w/pickled veg or twice cooked pork... also their hot and sour soup is really quite good
  • Rafi R.heart icon on user image
    Rafi RomeroJune 27, 2015
    Food is good here but not spectacular. Favorites were the spicy wontons and the mapo tofu. Tea smoked duck, pork belly, and jellyfish were overrated.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsAugust 15, 2012
    Try the “mouth watering chicken." Bone-in chicken is poached & chilled, arriving in a bowl slicked with neon-colored chili-and-sesame oil. It somehow manages to be refreshing & incendiary all at once. Read more
  • Lorcánheart icon on user image
    LorcánAugust 26, 2016
    Tea-smoked duck was perfectly cooked. Among the best I've ever eaten. The sauce puts it over the top.
  • Noah N.
    Noah NormanAugust 24, 2016
    I was skeptical, given the location, the cocktails, and the Szechuan aspirations, but it's real. It's all real.
  • David H.
    David HuFebruary 8, 2014
    I mean, I guess the place has a Michelin star but I wasn't blown away. Comparable to some Chinatown favorites.
  • IrmaZandl Z.
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantSeptember 5, 2013
    Excellent! Get the wontons with chili sauce and the lamb cumin - both amazing! Not crazy about the duck or the tofu.
  • Angelaheart icon on user image
    AngelaDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Chinese food in the city. Sautéed chicken filet, mapo tofu, and steamed soup buns are my faves but everything is delicious.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiOctober 15, 2015
    Must get the dumplings and the spicy chicken!! Best dumplings I have ever had.... The sauce it's in is incredible!!
  • Sasha C.heart icon on user image
    Sasha ChinnayaJanuary 13, 2019
    Such a cute place. Three pepper chicken is a must. It’s not that spicy. The drinks are really really nice.
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeNovember 12, 2017
    Authentic and delicious Sichuan food - Dan Dan noodles and Ma po tofu, and cumin lamb!
  • Emil H.heart icon on user image
    Emil HMay 1, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    The three pepper chicken is really spicy.
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DFebruary 7, 2017
    Awesome find amidst a good food desert. Recommend Dan Dan noodles and twice cooked pork.
  • Kan H.
    Kan HsuSeptember 4, 2017
    Famous for its Chinese name "倾城" and it tastes just like you are in China! Another restaurant "倾国" is another style. I shall recommend "倾城" more.
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan ChingMarch 19, 2017
    Super authentic and affordable Michelin star. I order the fried spiced chicken and sour fish soup everytime.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 19, 2013
    Great Sichuan food in a clean, modern setting.
  • Rishav K.heart icon on user image
    Rishav KFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The fish with tofu in spicy sauce, Dan Dan noodles, scallion pancakes, and bok choi are a must
  • Dani N.heart icon on user image
    Dani NedalOctober 9, 2016
    Everything is great. Tea smoked duck is excellent. Pork dumplings in chili sauce are awesome.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerApril 7, 2016
    has to be one of the, if not the most, affordable Michelin-starred meals you can get in New York
  • Steph Y.heart icon on user image
    Steph YiuDecember 13, 2015
    I can't feel my tongue. The mapo tofu is good, but the Dan Dan noodles were the winner.
  • Ron H.heart icon on user image
    Ron HsuJuly 18, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The ma po tofu is way too salty. Cumin lamb is nice and tender. The menu should probably mention that the spicy wontons are also sweet.
  • Josh S.
    Josh SaletnikAugust 22, 2014
    Old school fancy cocktails pair perfectly with spicy Chinese food! The aromatic fish was really yummy.
  • Nick L.heart icon on user image
    Nick LoweryFebruary 23, 2017
    Three pepper chicken has more sichuan peppercorns than Chunking chicken. We still had them bring extra peppercorn powder. It was quite good.
  • Holiday
    HolidayJanuary 5, 2018
    My face is still on fire from hot and sour soup and ma po tofu but will be back for less spicy dishes.
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'NeillOctober 9, 2016
    Even with sub-par service, there wasn't a thing on the menu that I didn't enjoy. From the dumplings to the short ribs. Must visit.
  • Carol C.heart icon on user image
    Carol CaltaDecember 12, 2021
    Shrimp dumplings. Veggie pot stickers. Scallion pancakes.
  • Linda C.heart icon on user image
    Linda ChowOctober 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Authentic Chinese food! Great lunch specials. The lightly sauteed fish lunch special was DELICIOUS.
  • Tingheart icon on user image
    TingMarch 13, 2015
    Perfect mix of Szechuan + Hipster. Highly recommend the cumin lamb and fish blossom.
  • Lukeheart icon on user image
    LukeApril 11, 2015
    The Dan Dan noodles are a must, regardless of whether you're going the dim sum or family style entree route
  • Lorcánheart icon on user image
    LorcánAugust 26, 2016
    Tons of stellar vegetarian options. Good labelling of V and GF options as well.
  • Venkatesh K. Pork dumplings in chili oil
  • Zack P.
    Zack PFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch specials are key here. One of the few classy yet easy sit-down places (with waiter service) to get a inexpensive lunch in midtown.
  • Gabriela G.heart icon on user image
    Gabriela GrossmannJune 28, 2015
    Pork dumplings in chili oil is a must!
  • Daire H.heart icon on user image
    Daire HickeyMay 16, 2013
    Nom nom nom. Shredded pork is incredible as are the dumplings
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RAugust 6, 2014
    The best Chungking spicy chicken. Beware: not for the faint of heart.
  • Aditiheart icon on user image
    AditiApril 18, 2016
    My favorite Chinese in NYC. When they say spicy they mean it. Great veg options
  • Ed D.heart icon on user image
    Ed DeJuly 8, 2017
    Excellent cocktails - ashes of time & the catcher
  • j y.
    j yNovember 11, 2012
    Nice thoughtful wine list and good food. Comfortable service and room. Lovely dinner experience!
  • Danwen
    DanwenJune 2, 2015
    Spicy cumin lamb, spicy fish fillet, spicy beef and butternut squash. Mmmmm
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MoyAugust 26, 2014
    Chicken, chili dumpling and tofu with celery apps. Cumin lamb: so good
  • Mike H.heart icon on user image
    Mike HopkinsFebruary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Zha Jiang Noodle lunch special is out of this world. Delicious and good value!
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungSeptember 9, 2016
    Tasty midtown chinese with a no tipping policy. Went with 4 total during work and spent $28 per.
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John ShenDecember 7, 2015
    Don't get the spicy stewed fish. Definitely get the mapo tofu
  • Barry H.heart icon on user image
    Barry HottMay 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible Chinese food. Can't go wrong with any of the dishes.
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