NYC Takeout Must-Haves: 3 Iconic Chinese Dishes & Where to Find Them

June 17, 2024

New York City is a melting pot of cultures, whether Italian, Western, Spanish, or Asian, you name it! That’s why the food scene here is also amazing. But navigating the seemingly endless takeout menus can be overwhelming. But don’t worry; in this guide, we’ll share the three iconic Chinese takeout dishes you can't miss and the perfect restaurants to find. Plus, we'll introduce a secret weapon for an elevated Asian dining experience at home – Gradito private chefs!

3 Must-Try Chinese Takeout Dishes in NYC

The Irresistible Dumpling

A staple of any Chinese takeout experience, dumplings offer flavor in every bite. Whether you crave the classic pork and cabbage or prefer adventurous fillings like shrimp and scallions, there's a dumpling to tantalize your taste buds.

Where to Find Them: Joe's Shanghai (Chinatown) This legendary institution is renowned for its juicy soup dumplings or Xiao Long Bao. The delicately steamed pockets burst with savory broth and tender pork filling – a true NYC culinary experience. 

The Comforting Classic

Kung Pao Chicken is a spicy stir-fry that is a crowd-pleaser. Tender chicken pieces are coated in a flavorful sauce, typically featuring peanuts, chili peppers, and vegetables like broccoli and carrots. The result? A perfect harmony of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors.

Where to Find It: Han Dynasty With several locations across NYC, Han Dynasty offers a reliable and delicious takeout option. Their Kung Pao Chicken stands out, featuring perfectly cooked chicken and a sauce that packs a punch (adjustable spice levels available!). 

The Satisfying Noodle Adventure

Chinese noodles come in various styles, offering endless flavor combinations. From the thin and springy wheat noodles in Dan Dan Mian to the wide and chewy hand-pulled noodles in Lanzhou Beef Noodles, there's a noodle dish for every preference.

Where to Find It: Xi'an Famous Foods (Multiple Locations) This popular chain serves up authentic Xi'an cuisine, known for its hand-ripped noodles. Their Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles are a must-try, with perfectly chewy noodles coated in a rich, flavorful sauce and tender lamb pieces. Spice lovers, rejoice! Link to Xi'an Famous Foods website

Pro Tip: When searching for "best Chinese takeout near me," don't be afraid to explore beyond familiar names. Look for restaurants specializing in regional Chinese cuisines for a unique and authentic experience.

Beyond Takeout: Elevate Your Asian Dining with Gradito Private Chefs

Craving a more personalized Asian culinary adventure? Look no further than Gradito private chefs! Unlike takeout, Gradito offers a unique in-home dining experience tailored to your preferences. Whether you're a die-hard Sichuan food enthusiast or yearning for a delicate dim sum feast, wherever you are in New York City, Gradito can connect you with an exceptional Asian cuisine specialist. Here’s one of our best chefs in Asian cuisine:

Chef Jerry

Chef Jerry is a culinary innovator with a deep appreciation for Asian cuisine, rooted in his Chinese heritage and travels across Asia. Since October 2022, he has been the Head Chef at Resident in New York, where he crafts unique dishes and collaborates on wine pairings. He also implemented comprehensive training programs for his kitchen staff.

As a Sous Chef at The Arch Café @ 550 Madison (June 2023 - January 2024), Jerry infused Asian influences into menus and maintained rigorous kitchen standards. At Bâtard (July 2022 - October 2022), he led the Garde Manger station and developed French recipes with a Michelin-starred chef.

Jerry's diverse experience also includes creating dynamic menu items at Sunday @ Smorgasburg Prospect Park, drawing from his knowledge of Asian street food. His technical background in project management adds a unique layer to his culinary expertise, making him a versatile and valuable asset in any kitchen.

Benefits of a Gradito Private Chef:

  • Asian Cuisine Expertise: Gradito chefs specialize in various Asian cuisines, including Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Korean. They can create a menu that reflects your favorite Asian culinary flavors.
  • Premium Ingredients: Your Gradito chef will source high-quality ingredients, ensuring a restaurant-worthy dining experience from the comfort of your home.
  • Unmatched Convenience: Skip the wait and hassle of takeout or crowded restaurants. Enjoy a stress-free, personalized dining experience in your own space.
  • Memorable Moments: Gradito private chef experiences are more than just a meal; they create lasting memories shared with loved ones.

Picture this: You gather around your table, enjoying a gourmet Asian feast prepared by a skilled chef who caters to all your dietary needs. The conversation flows effortlessly; your only worry is savoring the next delightful bite.

This is the magic of a Gradito private chef experience. It elevates your dining experience beyond the ordinary, turning it into a special occasion to remember.

Ready to Experience Asian Cuisine Like Never Before?

For an extraordinary Asian dining experience, consider Gradito's private chefs.  With their expertise, fresh ingredients, and personalized service, Gradito elevates your meal into a memorable event.

So, the next time you're in the mood for Asian food in NYC, remember—Gradito is here to help you experience it in a new way. Contact us today or visit our website to unlock a world of Asian culinary delights!

Sean Kommer
Founder of Gradito
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