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A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles and lamb skewer from Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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Where to Eat Chinese Food in Boston

From Sichuan to dim sum to Cantonese to Chinese-American

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Hand-pulled noodles and lamb skewer from Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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Boston’s Chinatown is one of the best places to eat in the country, but it’s not the only neighborhood with good Chinese food in the city. Eaters can find great hand-pulled noodles, for example — both Xi’an-style biang biang noodles and the kind typical of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China — in Allston, Brighton, a mall food court in Downtown Crossing, and a hospital food court in Longwood. There’s excellent Chinese-American food near Fenway; there’s Chinese-inspired fusion in the tragically hip South End. Chinatown is of course still the hub — but the spokes aren’t half bad, either.

This map includes food from a variety of regions in China, with an emphasis on Sichuan and Cantonese. It also includes several restaurants that specialize in Taiwanese cuisine but also offer foods from various regions in China. (Taiwan is an island state located to China’s east. Taiwan and China have a long and fraught relationship, due in large part to China’s history of colonialist rule over Taiwan and its unwillingness to recognize Taiwan as a free and sovereign nation. The U.N. also does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty. This puts Taiwan in a precarious position politically and societally.)

Here are 22 of the best restaurants in Boston that serve Chinese food. (Note: This map includes restaurants only within Boston proper; Boston-area cities like Quincy, Cambridge, and beyond have their own excellent Chinese options, which will be highlighted in a future map.)

Please note that a number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Xi'an Rougamo

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417 Washington St
Boston, MA 02110

Mall food courts are mostly filled with heart palpitation-inducing grease bombs. The food court at the Corner Mall in Downtown Crossing breaks that mold a bit. Go to Xi’an Rougamo for its eponymous treat — a burger-like sandwich, the English transliteration of which is rougamo, served on flaky, layered flatbread and packed with stewed meat. Also worth your coins: the garlicky hand-pulled noodles.

Xi’an Rougamo is open for takeout and delivery.

Chopsticks lift a thick hand-pulled noodle from a plastic bowl full of noodles, chili flakes, garlic, and vegetables
Mall food court delights
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2. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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86 Bedford St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-1888
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Gene’s is the OG player in Boston’s nascent (but growing) hand-pulled noodle scene. Order the hand-pulled noodles in chile oil; order the hand-pulled noodles with cumin-spiked lamb; order some lamb skewers; order everything.

Gene’s is open for takeout and delivery via Caviar and Grubhub.

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Gene’s was at the vanguard of Boston’s hand-pulled noodle scene
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

3. Mala Restaurant

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129 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-1839
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Mala is the hot spot for hot (as in spicy) food in Allston. The following dishes are compulsory: fresh whole fish with Sichuan hot and spicy sauce; dan dan noodles; mapo tofu; dry stir-fried chicken with spicy capsicum; chile and cumin dry lamb; stir-fried string beans; tiger skin stir-fried peppers. This is good — no, great — beer-drinking food. Wash it all down with so many Tsingtaos (or another cold, crisp lager of your choice).

Mala is open for indoor dining and takeout.

View of a casual restaurant interior with no people. A spread of the restaurant’s dishes are displayed on a large wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Mala in Allston
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4. Silk Road Express

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1 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 987-0121

Silk Road Express (sibling to Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine in Cambridge) is serving some of the best hand-pulled noodles in Greater Boston, and it’s the only restaurant serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston proper. Get the hand-pulled, dry-fried noodles with beef.

(Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group from Eastern and Central Asia, live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Uyghur cuisine is influenced by parts of China and Central Asia and is typically halal. Over the past several years, the Chinese government has created a series of prison camps, where it has detained as many as one million Muslims, including Uyghurs.)

Silk Road Express is open for takeout and delivery.

A takeout container of dry-fried noodles with beef at Silk Road Express in Allston, served on a striped wooden table with a pair of chopsticks
Silk Road Express is the rare shop serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston
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5. Taiwan Cafe

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34 Oxford St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-8181
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This Chinatown mainstay is one of the neighborhood’s best for Taiwanese food. Order the sauteed pork liver, the duck and cold beef over rice, the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, and the Taiwan-style pan-fried noodles. Taiwan Cafe also offers a small selection of Sichuan cuisine; the Sichuan-style white fish, steeped in chile oil, is a top pick.

Taiwan Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A yellow plate is covered with cooked clams and greens
Taiwan Cafe
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6. Gourmet Dumpling House

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52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-6223
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Order the thing that’s in the name: dumplings. The Sandong-style pan-fried dumplings are especially good. And don’t miss the ox tongue and tripe in chile sauce.

Gourmet Dumpling House is open for takeout and delivery.

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings from Gourmet Dumpling House
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7. Five Spices House

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58 Beach St #2017
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 574-8888
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The menu at this Sichuan spot is vast and therefore a little overwhelming. But you should definitely order the duck tongues with spicy green peppers, the hot and spicy pig intestines, the crispy beef, and the foil-wrapped lamb. And some dumplings. And the string beans. And the Chinese watercress. On the other side of the river? There’s a sibling spot in Cambridge’s Central Square.

Five Spices House is open for takeout.

8. Empire Garden Restaurant

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690 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-8898
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Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater, but now the impressive room serves as one of the city’s best spots for dim sum. It’s also on the short list of restaurants offering Peking duck.

Empire Garden is open for indoor dining and takeout.

The facade of Empire Garden restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The sign is red with yellow lettering. The building looks like an old theater, because it was once a theater.
The Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater
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9. Dumpling Cafe

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695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-8859
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Dumpling Cafe’s menu features cuisines from a number of regions and cities in China, and Taiwanese food features heavily too. Again, go for the thing that’s in the name — and specifically the mini juicy buns with pork, which are the best in the city. Don’t miss the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, the sweet and spicy Taiwan-style eggplant, or the rice cakes with pork and mustard greens, either.

Dumpling Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

A plate of sauteed string beans sits beside a plate of spicy eggplant. They are accompanied by two bowls of rice and various sauces.
The sauteed string beans and the Taiwan-style spicy eggplant are among Boston’s best bites
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10. Peach Farm

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4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-1116
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Before the pandemic, Peach Farm was a late-night favorite for restaurant industry types. It’s the spot for seafood — especially the the lobster with ginger and scallions.

Peach Farm is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
The lobster is the order at Peach Farm
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11. Hei La Moon

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88 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-8813

This dim sum joint is located just across the street from the Chinatown gate, in Boston’s Leather District. The barbecue pork buns, or char siu bao, are compulsory here.

Hei La Moon is open for indoor dining and takeout.

A large room with wood flooring and white tablecloth-adorned tables has red walls and a central chandelier
Hei La Moon
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12. China Pearl

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-4338

China Pearl is perhaps the most popular spot for dim sum in the city. Walking up the stairs and into this incredible room is a trip — the stairway is lined with a series of mirrors that makes one feel as though they are in a carnival attraction (or an acid trip). Dim sum is king here, but China Pearl also offers Peking duck.

China Pearl is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

The sign at China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. It is yellow with red accents and black font.
Iconic sign, iconic mirrored stairway, iconic dim sum
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13. Hong Kong Eatery

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79 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-0838
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Hong Kong Eatery is an old-school spot for Cantonese food. Order the sautéed duck tongues in Maggi sauce or anything with XO sauce, a spicy fish sauce from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Eatery is open for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with a blue floral pattern around the edge holds a Chinese beef and rice dish
Beef in Beijing sauce at Hong Kong Eatery
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14. Winsor Dim Sum Café

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10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-1688
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Hit this spot for a dim sum lunch — order anything from pan-fried white turnip cakes, red bean cakes, deep-fried pork dumplings, sticky rice rolls, and fried and stuffed bean curd with oyster sauce — and be sure to get an order of congee.

Winsor Dim Sum Café is open for takeout and delivery.

A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor
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15. New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

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5 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-2823
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New Jumbo is also among the very few restaurants that offer Peking duck, but it’s all about seafood here. The Sichuan-style spicy scallops, clams cooked in black bean sauce, and seafood in XO sauce are good places to start.

New Jumbo Seafood is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo is one of the best spots for seafood in Chinatown
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16. Clay Pot Cafe

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74 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 357-5262

Clay Pot Cafe specializes in food prepared in clay pots, which is typical of Cantonese cuisine and popular in cities such as Hong Kong. The play here: the minced beef and egg clay pot.

Clay Pot Cafe is open for takeout.

17. Shanghai Gate

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204 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 566-7344
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This longtime Allston eatery is a bit of a hidden gem, but it shouldn’t be. Its take on dry hot chicken, which it calls paradise mountain chicken, is one of the best things to eat in Greater Boston/anywhere. The lion’s head meatballs are worth a try, too.

Shanghai Gate is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A Chinese fried chicken dish sits on a white doily in a basket
Paradise mountain chicken at Shanghai Gate
Shanghai Gate/Official Site

18. MDM Noodles

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351 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 208-8663

MDM is another part of the small but growing cadre of hand-pulled noodle shops in and around Boston serving Xi’an-style biang biang noodles. Order one of each of the following: hand-pulled noodles with beef and scallions; hand-pulled noodles with scrambled eggs and tomatoes; and spicy hand-pulled noodles with boiled lamb.

MDM Noodles is open for takeout and delivery.

The facade of MDM Noodles in Brighton. An orange sign is adorned with white type and sits above two glass doors and two windows.
MDM Noodles is worth a ride on the Green Line
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19. Mei Mei

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506 Park Dr
Boston, MA 02215
(857) 250-4959
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Mei Mei chef and operator Irene Li serves diners a delicious — and affordable — fusion of Chinese-American food. Not to be missed is the iconic Double Awesome, which comes with two oozy eggs, cheddar, and greens served between scallion pancakes. The house-made dumplings are also necessary.

Mei Mei is open for takeout and delivery.

A casual restaurant interior with sunlight streaming in. There are light wooden surfaces, an open kitchen, and yellow and white metal chairs.
Mei Mei
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20. Myers + Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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Open for over a decade, this South End restaurant has a menu inspired by a variety of Asian cuisines, including Chinese. (The food is “‘Asian-ish,’ if you need a label,” according to the restaurant.) If it’s currently on the menu, try the wild boar dan dan noodles, and don’t miss the classic Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings.

Myers + Chang is open for takeout.

A brightly lit restaurant interior with a high-top table and some standard tables, all with white chairs. The sun-lit window is decorated by a large red and yellow dragon.
Myers + Chang
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21. Noodles King

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400 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Did you think you’d find a restaurant located inside a hospital food court on this map? Probably not, right? Well, think again. Noodles King serves some of the very best hand-pulled noodles in the city. Order them with spicy chile oil and vegetables.

Noodles King is open for takeout.

A white plastic bowl, sitting on a purple table, is filled with hand-pulled noodles, bok choy, chile flakes, and bean sprouts. A plastic Coke bottle appears to the side.
Hospital food courts don’t have to mean a trip to McDonald’s — sometimes they’ve got exceptional hand-pulled noodles
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1. Xi'an Rougamo

417 Washington St, Boston, MA 02110
Chopsticks lift a thick hand-pulled noodle from a plastic bowl full of noodles, chili flakes, garlic, and vegetables
Mall food court delights
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Mall food courts are mostly filled with heart palpitation-inducing grease bombs. The food court at the Corner Mall in Downtown Crossing breaks that mold a bit. Go to Xi’an Rougamo for its eponymous treat — a burger-like sandwich, the English transliteration of which is rougamo, served on flaky, layered flatbread and packed with stewed meat. Also worth your coins: the garlicky hand-pulled noodles.

Xi’an Rougamo is open for takeout and delivery.

417 Washington St
Boston, MA 02110

2. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

86 Bedford St, Boston, MA 02111
A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Gene’s was at the vanguard of Boston’s hand-pulled noodle scene
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Gene’s is the OG player in Boston’s nascent (but growing) hand-pulled noodle scene. Order the hand-pulled noodles in chile oil; order the hand-pulled noodles with cumin-spiked lamb; order some lamb skewers; order everything.

Gene’s is open for takeout and delivery via Caviar and Grubhub.

86 Bedford St
Boston, MA 02111

3. Mala Restaurant

129 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
View of a casual restaurant interior with no people. A spread of the restaurant’s dishes are displayed on a large wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Mala in Allston
Mala/Official Site

Mala is the hot spot for hot (as in spicy) food in Allston. The following dishes are compulsory: fresh whole fish with Sichuan hot and spicy sauce; dan dan noodles; mapo tofu; dry stir-fried chicken with spicy capsicum; chile and cumin dry lamb; stir-fried string beans; tiger skin stir-fried peppers. This is good — no, great — beer-drinking food. Wash it all down with so many Tsingtaos (or another cold, crisp lager of your choice).

Mala is open for indoor dining and takeout.

129 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

4. Silk Road Express

1 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
A takeout container of dry-fried noodles with beef at Silk Road Express in Allston, served on a striped wooden table with a pair of chopsticks
Silk Road Express is the rare shop serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Silk Road Express (sibling to Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine in Cambridge) is serving some of the best hand-pulled noodles in Greater Boston, and it’s the only restaurant serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston proper. Get the hand-pulled, dry-fried noodles with beef.

(Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group from Eastern and Central Asia, live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Uyghur cuisine is influenced by parts of China and Central Asia and is typically halal. Over the past several years, the Chinese government has created a series of prison camps, where it has detained as many as one million Muslims, including Uyghurs.)

Silk Road Express is open for takeout and delivery.

1 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

5. Taiwan Cafe

34 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111
A yellow plate is covered with cooked clams and greens
Taiwan Cafe
Jinjian Liang/Flickr (Creative Commons)

This Chinatown mainstay is one of the neighborhood’s best for Taiwanese food. Order the sauteed pork liver, the duck and cold beef over rice, the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, and the Taiwan-style pan-fried noodles. Taiwan Cafe also offers a small selection of Sichuan cuisine; the Sichuan-style white fish, steeped in chile oil, is a top pick.

Taiwan Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

34 Oxford St
Boston, MA 02111

6. Gourmet Dumpling House

52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings from Gourmet Dumpling House
WordRidden/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Order the thing that’s in the name: dumplings. The Sandong-style pan-fried dumplings are especially good. And don’t miss the ox tongue and tripe in chile sauce.

Gourmet Dumpling House is open for takeout and delivery.

52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

7. Five Spices House

58 Beach St #2017, Boston, MA 02111

The menu at this Sichuan spot is vast and therefore a little overwhelming. But you should definitely order the duck tongues with spicy green peppers, the hot and spicy pig intestines, the crispy beef, and the foil-wrapped lamb. And some dumplings. And the string beans. And the Chinese watercress. On the other side of the river? There’s a sibling spot in Cambridge’s Central Square.

Five Spices House is open for takeout.

58 Beach St #2017
Boston, MA 02111

8. Empire Garden Restaurant

690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
The facade of Empire Garden restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The sign is red with yellow lettering. The building looks like an old theater, because it was once a theater.
The Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater, but now the impressive room serves as one of the city’s best spots for dim sum. It’s also on the short list of restaurants offering Peking duck.

Empire Garden is open for indoor dining and takeout.

690 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

9. Dumpling Cafe

695 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
A plate of sauteed string beans sits beside a plate of spicy eggplant. They are accompanied by two bowls of rice and various sauces.
The sauteed string beans and the Taiwan-style spicy eggplant are among Boston’s best bites
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Dumpling Cafe’s menu features cuisines from a number of regions and cities in China, and Taiwanese food features heavily too. Again, go for the thing that’s in the name — and specifically the mini juicy buns with pork, which are the best in the city. Don’t miss the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, the sweet and spicy Taiwan-style eggplant, or the rice cakes with pork and mustard greens, either.

Dumpling Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

10. Peach Farm

4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
The lobster is the order at Peach Farm
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Before the pandemic, Peach Farm was a late-night favorite for restaurant industry types. It’s the spot for seafood — especially the the lobster with ginger and scallions.

Peach Farm is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Hei La Moon

88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A large room with wood flooring and white tablecloth-adorned tables has red walls and a central chandelier
Hei La Moon
Hei La Moon/Official Site

This dim sum joint is located just across the street from the Chinatown gate, in Boston’s Leather District. The barbecue pork buns, or char siu bao, are compulsory here.

Hei La Moon is open for indoor dining and takeout.

88 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

12. China Pearl

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
The sign at China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. It is yellow with red accents and black font.
Iconic sign, iconic mirrored stairway, iconic dim sum
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

China Pearl is perhaps the most popular spot for dim sum in the city. Walking up the stairs and into this incredible room is a trip — the stairway is lined with a series of mirrors that makes one feel as though they are in a carnival attraction (or an acid trip). Dim sum is king here, but China Pearl also offers Peking duck.

China Pearl is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

13. Hong Kong Eatery

79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
A white plate with a blue floral pattern around the edge holds a Chinese beef and rice dish
Beef in Beijing sauce at Hong Kong Eatery
Herman Saksono/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Hong Kong Eatery is an old-school spot for Cantonese food. Order the sautéed duck tongues in Maggi sauce or anything with XO sauce, a spicy fish sauce from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Eatery is open for takeout and delivery.

79 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

14. Winsor Dim Sum Café

10 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor
Sang-Min Yoon/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Hit this spot for a dim sum lunch — order anything from pan-fried white turnip cakes, red bean cakes, deep-fried pork dumplings, sticky rice rolls, and fried and stuffed bean curd with oyster sauce — and be sure to get an order of congee.

Winsor Dim Sum Café is open for takeout and delivery.

10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

15. New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

5 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111
Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo is one of the best spots for seafood in Chinatown
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

New Jumbo is also among the very few restaurants that offer Peking duck, but it’s all about seafood here. The Sichuan-style spicy scallops, clams cooked in black bean sauce, and seafood in XO sauce are good places to start.

New Jumbo Seafood is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

5 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111

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16. Clay Pot Cafe

74 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

Clay Pot Cafe specializes in food prepared in clay pots, which is typical of Cantonese cuisine and popular in cities such as Hong Kong. The play here: the minced beef and egg clay pot.

Clay Pot Cafe is open for takeout.

74 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

17. Shanghai Gate

204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
A Chinese fried chicken dish sits on a white doily in a basket
Paradise mountain chicken at Shanghai Gate
Shanghai Gate/Official Site

This longtime Allston eatery is a bit of a hidden gem, but it shouldn’t be. Its take on dry hot chicken, which it calls paradise mountain chicken, is one of the best things to eat in Greater Boston/anywhere. The lion’s head meatballs are worth a try, too.

Shanghai Gate is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

204 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134

18. MDM Noodles

351 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135
The facade of MDM Noodles in Brighton. An orange sign is adorned with white type and sits above two glass doors and two windows.
MDM Noodles is worth a ride on the Green Line
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

MDM is another part of the small but growing cadre of hand-pulled noodle shops in and around Boston serving Xi’an-style biang biang noodles. Order one of each of the following: hand-pulled noodles with beef and scallions; hand-pulled noodles with scrambled eggs and tomatoes; and spicy hand-pulled noodles with boiled lamb.

MDM Noodles is open for takeout and delivery.

351 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135

19. Mei Mei

506 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215
A casual restaurant interior with sunlight streaming in. There are light wooden surfaces, an open kitchen, and yellow and white metal chairs.
Mei Mei
Meg Jones Wall/Eater

Mei Mei chef and operator Irene Li serves diners a delicious — and affordable — fusion of Chinese-American food. Not to be missed is the iconic Double Awesome, which comes with two oozy eggs, cheddar, and greens served between scallion pancakes. The house-made dumplings are also necessary.

Mei Mei is open for takeout and delivery.

506 Park Dr
Boston, MA 02215

20. Myers + Chang

1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
A brightly lit restaurant interior with a high-top table and some standard tables, all with white chairs. The sun-lit window is decorated by a large red and yellow dragon.
Myers + Chang
Cal Bingham/Eater

Open for over a decade, this South End restaurant has a menu inspired by a variety of Asian cuisines, including Chinese. (The food is “‘Asian-ish,’ if you need a label,” according to the restaurant.) If it’s currently on the menu, try the wild boar dan dan noodles, and don’t miss the classic Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings.

Myers + Chang is open for takeout.

1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

21. Noodles King

400 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215
A white plastic bowl, sitting on a purple table, is filled with hand-pulled noodles, bok choy, chile flakes, and bean sprouts. A plastic Coke bottle appears to the side.
Hospital food courts don’t have to mean a trip to McDonald’s — sometimes they’ve got exceptional hand-pulled noodles
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Did you think you’d find a restaurant located inside a hospital food court on this map? Probably not, right? Well, think again. Noodles King serves some of the very best hand-pulled noodles in the city. Order them with spicy chile oil and vegetables.

Noodles King is open for takeout.

400 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

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