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Robert Sietsema's Off the Beaten Track Chinatown

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Besides Calvin Trillin and maybe Jenny 8 Lee there are few writers in New York who write about and obsess over Chinese food the way Voice critic Robert Sietsema does. He knows him his Chinatowns and has been exploring the dumpling shops and Fujianese noodle holes in Manhattan, the mall food courts of Queens, the dim sum parlors of Brooklyn, and everything in between for decades. And lucky for us, he agreed to take Eater on a Sunday afternoon tour of Manhattan's Chinatown, where he singled out some of his favorite off the beaten track and/or cheap Chinese picks, from obscure food vendors to food hall dim sum spots and dirt cheap vegetable markets.

The following guide doesn't exhaust the options of the neighborhood, but perhaps it offers some surprises for those who have already tried to obvious go-tos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sun Light Bakery Corp.

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160 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

2. Forsyth Vegetable Market

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Canal St & Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002

3. Kebab Street Vendor

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Forsyth St & Division St
New York, NY 10002

4. Fish Ball Street Vendor

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45 Division St
New York, NY 10002

5. Oriental Garden

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14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013

6. Royal Seafood Restaurant

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103 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

7. Natalie Bakery

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271 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

8. Wah Fung #1 Fast Food

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1. Sun Light Bakery Corp.

160 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

160 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

2. Forsyth Vegetable Market

Canal St & Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

Canal St & Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002

3. Kebab Street Vendor

Forsyth St & Division St, New York, NY 10002

Forsyth St & Division St
New York, NY 10002

4. Fish Ball Street Vendor

45 Division St, New York, NY 10002

45 Division St
New York, NY 10002

5. Oriental Garden

14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013

6. Royal Seafood Restaurant

103 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

103 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

7. Natalie Bakery

271 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

271 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

8. Wah Fung #1 Fast Food

79 Chrystie St # A New York, NY 10002-5014 (212) 925-5175

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