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The Tokyo don, plus extra salmon, at Tora Japanese Restaurant in Chinatown
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12 Excellent Chinatown and Leather District Restaurants That Deliver

Kaisen don, Chinese barbecue skewers, ramen-crusted fried chicken, and more

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The Tokyo don, plus extra salmon, at Tora Japanese Restaurant in Chinatown
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Here are 12 excellent restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown and Leather District neighborhoods that are offering delivery during the ongoing pandemic. Stay tuned for curated picks for other neighborhoods in and around Boston.

Note: To best support restaurants — and they really need support right now — order directly from a restaurant’s own website or phone number, if possible, rather than via third-party apps, which typically take a large cut of each order.

For a broader look at delivery options in Boston and beyond — and takeout options, too — check this list. For all Eater Boston coverage about COVID-19, check here.

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Asian Garden Restaurant

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Asian Garden serves a large menu that runs the gamut from Hong Kong-style tea and coffee with various toasts to Cantonese-style lobster to hot pots and sizzling hot plates to porridges. There are even lobster set menus for eight or 10 people. The best way to order from Asian Garden is via phone as the market specials (a lot of seafood dishes, especially) are not available for online ordering. Note that the delivery minimum is $100 (plus a $10 fee), and the radius includes most of Boston.

Order: (617) 695-1646 / Official Site

Friendship BBQ Boston

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With locations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Illinois, Friendship BBQ came to Boston in early 2020, serving Chinese barbecue with a focus on meat and seafood skewers. Delivery is available for lunch and dinner daily.

Order: Chowbus / Grubhub / Ricepo / Uber Eats

Seasoned meat on bamboo skewers
Skewers at Friendship BBQ
Friendship BBQ/Official Site

Gourmet Dumpling House

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One of several popular soup dumpling destinations in Chinatown, Gourmet Dumpling House is currently operating under slightly reduced hours (no late-night dumplings for now) and delivering a limited menu that fortunately includes the soup dumplings. (They’re listed as mini juicy dumplings with pork on the menu.) Also available: Sichuan-style sliced fish, cumin lamb, braised eggplant with basil, and more.

Order: Uber Eats

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House
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Spicy World

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Spicy World — which has a Malden offshoot in addition to this Chinatown location — is best known for its Sichuan-style skewer pots, which let the customer choose a spice level, rice and noodle components, and skewer components (various vegetables, fungi, meats, and more). Delivering lunch and dinner daily, with an abbreviated lunch menu that focuses on the skewer pot and noodle soups.

Order: Grubhub / Uber Eats

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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One of Boston’s only sources of Malaysian food, Penang is delivering lunch and dinner daily: nasi lemak, fish head soup with rice noodles, curry beef brisket casserole, roti canai, and more.

Order: Grubhub

A Malaysian fish — curry chicken, rice, and a hard-boiled egg — on a banana leaf on a blue plate
Nasi lemak at Penang
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Hong Kong Eatery

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A Cantonese mainstay, around since the 1980s. Try the sauteed duck tongues in XO sauce. Hong Kong eatery is delivering lunch and dinner daily.

Order: Grubhub

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)

Royaltea

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Cheese teas, milk teas, and fruit teas in a variety of flavors.

Order: Chowbus / Ricepo / Uber Eats

Royaltea
Teas from Royaltea
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Double Chin

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Looking for over-the-top Hong Kong-style French toast, pork mapo tofu nachos, ramen-crusted fried chicken, scallion pancake sandwiches, and other comfort food? This is your spot. Open late.

Order: DoorDash / Grubhub / Ricepo / Uber Eats

Cube Toast is a doughy exterior stuffed with several scoops of ice cream, candy pouring out, Pocky sticks, and chocolate syrup
Double Chin’s cube toast
Double Chin [Official Photo]

Tora Japanese Restaurant

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Tora serves a range of excellent Japanese food, with a focus on kaisen don — rice bowls topped with sashimi. Delivery is available for lunch and dinner daily.

Order: DoorDash / Grubhub

A bowl of raw seafood, including salmon and salmon roe, on rice, served on a wooden tray with miso soup
The Tokyo don, plus extra salmon, at Tora Japanese Restaurant in Chinatown
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Crave - Mad for Chicken

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As the name suggests, this restaurant is all about chicken — Korean-style fried wings and drums, chicken and waffles, and more. But that’s not all; there’s also a lot of sushi and sashimi, as well as some Korean entrees. Lunch and dinner available daily.

Order: Official Site

A couple metal trays of saucy chicken wings
Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken
Crave - Mad for Chicken/Official Site

APM Coffee

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APM Coffee is open from morning until late afternoon, delivering smoothies and smoothie bowls, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, pancakes, avocado toast, tea and coffee drinks, and more.

Order: Caviar / DoorDash / Grubhub / Uber Eats

Double berry pancakes at APM Coffee
Double berry pancakes at APM Coffee
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South Street Diner

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The Leather District’s 24-hour diner remains open for all your 3 a.m. frappe, burger, or mozzarella stick needs.

Order: Uber Eats

A patron at South Street Diner cuts into food on a plate, with a pile of fries in the foreground
Food at South Street Diner
Nick DiNatale/Eater

Asian Garden Restaurant

Asian Garden serves a large menu that runs the gamut from Hong Kong-style tea and coffee with various toasts to Cantonese-style lobster to hot pots and sizzling hot plates to porridges. There are even lobster set menus for eight or 10 people. The best way to order from Asian Garden is via phone as the market specials (a lot of seafood dishes, especially) are not available for online ordering. Note that the delivery minimum is $100 (plus a $10 fee), and the radius includes most of Boston.

Order: (617) 695-1646 / Official Site

Friendship BBQ Boston

With locations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Illinois, Friendship BBQ came to Boston in early 2020, serving Chinese barbecue with a focus on meat and seafood skewers. Delivery is available for lunch and dinner daily.

Order: Chowbus / Grubhub / Ricepo / Uber Eats

Seasoned meat on bamboo skewers
Skewers at Friendship BBQ
Friendship BBQ/Official Site

Gourmet Dumpling House

One of several popular soup dumpling destinations in Chinatown, Gourmet Dumpling House is currently operating under slightly reduced hours (no late-night dumplings for now) and delivering a limited menu that fortunately includes the soup dumplings. (They’re listed as mini juicy dumplings with pork on the menu.) Also available: Sichuan-style sliced fish, cumin lamb, braised eggplant with basil, and more.

Order: Uber Eats

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House
WordRidden/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Spicy World

Spicy World — which has a Malden offshoot in addition to this Chinatown location — is best known for its Sichuan-style skewer pots, which let the customer choose a spice level, rice and noodle components, and skewer components (various vegetables, fungi, meats, and more). Delivering lunch and dinner daily, with an abbreviated lunch menu that focuses on the skewer pot and noodle soups.

Order: Grubhub / Uber Eats

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

One of Boston’s only sources of Malaysian food, Penang is delivering lunch and dinner daily: nasi lemak, fish head soup with rice noodles, curry beef brisket casserole, roti canai, and more.

Order: Grubhub

A Malaysian fish — curry chicken, rice, and a hard-boiled egg — on a banana leaf on a blue plate
Nasi lemak at Penang
Dippy_Duck/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Hong Kong Eatery

A Cantonese mainstay, around since the 1980s. Try the sauteed duck tongues in XO sauce. Hong Kong eatery is delivering lunch and dinner daily.

Order: Grubhub

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)

Royaltea

Cheese teas, milk teas, and fruit teas in a variety of flavors.

Order: Chowbus / Ricepo / Uber Eats

Royaltea
Teas from Royaltea
Royaltea/Facebook

Double Chin

Looking for over-the-top Hong Kong-style French toast, pork mapo tofu nachos, ramen-crusted fried chicken, scallion pancake sandwiches, and other comfort food? This is your spot. Open late.

Order: DoorDash / Grubhub / Ricepo / Uber Eats

Cube Toast is a doughy exterior stuffed with several scoops of ice cream, candy pouring out, Pocky sticks, and chocolate syrup
Double Chin’s cube toast
Double Chin [Official Photo]

Tora Japanese Restaurant

Tora serves a range of excellent Japanese food, with a focus on kaisen don — rice bowls topped with sashimi. Delivery is available for lunch and dinner daily.

Order: DoorDash / Grubhub

A bowl of raw seafood, including salmon and salmon roe, on rice, served on a wooden tray with miso soup
The Tokyo don, plus extra salmon, at Tora Japanese Restaurant in Chinatown
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Crave - Mad for Chicken

As the name suggests, this restaurant is all about chicken — Korean-style fried wings and drums, chicken and waffles, and more. But that’s not all; there’s also a lot of sushi and sashimi, as well as some Korean entrees. Lunch and dinner available daily.

Order: Official Site

A couple metal trays of saucy chicken wings
Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken
Crave - Mad for Chicken/Official Site

APM Coffee

APM Coffee is open from morning until late afternoon, delivering smoothies and smoothie bowls, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, pancakes, avocado toast, tea and coffee drinks, and more.

Order: Caviar / DoorDash / Grubhub / Uber Eats

Double berry pancakes at APM Coffee
Double berry pancakes at APM Coffee
APM Coffee/Instagram

South Street Diner

The Leather District’s 24-hour diner remains open for all your 3 a.m. frappe, burger, or mozzarella stick needs.

Order: Uber Eats

A patron at South Street Diner cuts into food on a plate, with a pile of fries in the foreground
Food at South Street Diner
Nick DiNatale/Eater

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