Chinatown Dining, NYC

New York is home to one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in the U.S. Occupying a small area of southeastern Manhattan, Chinatown has more than 200 restaurants, offering everything from Cantonese to Szechuan to Vietnamese to Malaysian cooking. If you're hungry, pick any one of the restaurants you find -- they're all authentic. Once you know your way around, check out the following places for some of Chinatown's best dining...

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St. (btw. Mott St. and Elizabeth St.), 608-4170
M-F 11:30am-10:30pm, Sa-Su 11:30am-11pm
Try exotic tropical flavors that don't exist in everyday American stores. The Lychee flavor comes highly recommended.

House of Vegetarian ($15 and under)
68 Mott St. (btw. Bayard St. and Canal St.), 226-6572
M-Su 11am-11pm
Healthy vegetarian Chinese cuisine.

Kam Kuo Food Corporation
7 Mott St. (btw. Canal St. and Chatham Sq.), 349-3097
M-Su 8:30am-9:30pm
Combination Chinese supermarket and houseware store.

New Good Taste Restaurant
65 Bayard Street (btw. Mott St. & Elizabeth St.) 233-3233
Sun-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Superb Roast Duck and BBQ ribs. Unbeatable prices & taste for seafood. Jumbo Wonton Soup and all the usual favorites.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor ($4 average menu item)
13 Doyers St. (btw. Pell St. and Chatham Sq.), 962-6047
M-F 10am-8pm, Sa-Su 10am-6pm
Dim Sum tea parlor.

Peking Duck House ($31 and under)
22 Mott St. (@ Pell St.), 227-1810
M-Su 11:30am-10:30pm
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's favorite restaurant.

New Silver Palace Restaurant ($20 average entree)
52 Bowery St. (@ Canal St.), 964-1204
M-Su 8am-10pm
Cantonese Dim Sum heaven!

Vegetarian Paradise 3
33 - 35 Mott St. (@ Pell St.), 406-6988
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Su 11am-11pm
Heavenly Chinese vegetarian cuisine. Look for the lunch specials!