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Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm in Chinatown.
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Where to Eat in Boston’s Chinatown

The neighborhood’s best restaurants for dumplings and dim sum and noodles and sushi and so much more

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Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm in Chinatown.
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Chinatown is, without a doubt, one of Boston’s best food neighborhoods. Want to eat the greatest dumplings in the city? Head to Chinatown. Dim sum? Check. Offal? Check. Peking duck? You got it. Chinatown has ramen; Chinatown has udon; Chinatown has sushi; Chinatown has pho; Chinatown has hot pot. Chinatown is where you bring your friend who’s visiting from out of town and wants to eat the best food the city has to offer.

It’s a dense, food-packed neighborhood to explore, but start with these 17 excellent options.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Q

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660 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 350-3968
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The menu at the Q is massive and offers diners a mix of Japanese and Chinese food, but the play here is the Mongolian hot pot. Get the spicy beef tallow broth, and pack it with noodles, vegetables, and protein.

A restaurant interior full of diners. The space features brick and bright red accents.
The Q in Chinatown.
The Q

2. Avana Sushi

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42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 818-7782
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This sushi spot lives inside a cramped food court on Beach Street and offers diners a ludicrously cheap ($8.95) lunch deal, which includes miso soup, one maki roll, and two sides. There’s also a larger location in the Financial District (58 Franklin St.) that opened more recently, but there’s something special about the weird little Beach Street location.

3. Taiwan Cafe

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34 Oxford St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-8181
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The Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings at Taiwan Cafe are the truth, but don’t shy away from dishes such as sauteed pickled mustard greens with pork intestines, sauteed blood pudding, or Sichuan-style white fish in a pot of bubbling chile oil.

Slices of a flaky white fish sit in a fiery red broth in a metal bowl over a flame. It’s on a table inside a busy, casual restaurant.
Sichuan fish at Taiwan Cafe.
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4. Gourmet Dumpling House

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52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-6223
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Guess what’s good here? Gourmet Dumpling House makes some of the city’s best pork soup dumplings. Order them, but also eat the ox tongue and tripe with chile sauce. Try the chilled spicy pork ears, too.

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House.
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5. Pho Pasteur

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682 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-7467
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This Vietnamese restaurant is a Chinatown staple. Pho Pasteur opened in 1991, and it has been serving an extensive menu of Vietnamese food — including, yes, some of the best pho in the city — ever since.

Exterior of Pho Pasteur Vietnamese restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown, with maroon signage and light pink paint.
Pho Pasteur.
Pho Pasteur

6. Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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685 Washington St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 451-6373
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The roti canai is a sort of crispy pancake served with curry chicken, and it — along with the nasi lemak, which is a coconut-flavored rice dish served with a chile- and anchovy-spiked curry chicken and a hard-boiled egg — is what you should order at Penang, one of the area’s only Malaysian restaurants. (There’s also a Waltham location.)

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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7. Empire Garden

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690 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-8898
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This eye-catching space was formerly a Vaudeville theater. (And no, it wasn’t a porn theater.) Peking duck is an option, making Empire Garden one of the very few restaurants in the city doing the dish.

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.
Empire Garden promises “exotic cocktails,” “Chinese delicacies,” and more.
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8. Hot Pot Buffet

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70 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-0808
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Hot Pot Buffet serves all-you-can-eat hot pot until late — what more does anyone need? Fans love the quick service and extensive menu.

Signage for Hot Pot Buffet in Boston’s Chinatown — red text on a white background, with an image of a cartoonish smiling bull giving a thumbs up
Hot Pot Buffet.
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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 is the spot for Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings and pork soup dumplings. Not to be missed, however, is the Taiwan-style eggplant, which is sweet and spicy and gooey and perfect. (Not in Chinatown but trying to satisfy a dumpling craving? Try Dumpling Cafe’s sibling restaurants Dumpling Kingdom and Dumpling Palace, located in Allston and Fenway, respectively.)

A wooden steamer holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings. The steamer sits on a round white plate on a wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe.
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10. Peach Farm

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4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-1116
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Peach Farm was a late-night favorite among restaurant industry types before the pandemic struck, but it doesn’t stay open quite as late anymore. Still, it’s worth a visit. Its menu is overwhelming — there are literally hundreds of options — but that’s part of the allure. One could eat food from Peach Farm every night for a year before trying everything on the menu, but start with seafood, especially the lobster with ginger and scallions. There’s also Peking duck, and — unlike other neighborhood destinations for it — you don’t have to order in advance.

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm.
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11. Shojo

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-7888
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This extraordinarily hip spot is known for its inspired cocktails, but don’t miss the sesame charred greens, the tiger-style ribs, the shadowless fries, and whatever bao options are currently on offer.

A burger served on a steamed bun and topped with a kimchi cheese and bacon
The “Shojonator” burger at Shojo.
Shojo

12. Hong Kong Eatery

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79 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-0838
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This Cantonese restaurant has been open since the 1980s and has since become a stalwart of Chinatown’s dining scene. The sauteed duck tongues in Maggi sauce are worth an order, as is anything made with XO sauce, which is a spicy, umami-rich fish sauce that originated in Hong Kong. (Note: As of this map’s November 2021 update, Hong Kong Eatery has still not resumed dine-in service; takeout and delivery are available.)

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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13. Winsor Dim Sum Cafe

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10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-1688
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Winsor Dim Sum Cafe’s dim sum menu is expansive. The restaurant also serves great congee, and its shredded pig ears in mala sauce are not to be missed.

A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor Dim Sum Cafe.
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14. New Jumbo Seafood

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5 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-2823
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New Jumbo Seafood obviously has its fair share of seafood options, but it also serves deep-fried quail, roasted pigeon, and Peking duck.

Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant.
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15. Irashai

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8 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 277-1443
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This Japanese spot has an extensive menu, including sushi, sashimi, maki, and a variety of teriyaki options. The pork katsu — which is fried pork cutlet — and some sushi is the play.

A plate of sushi, including pieces of salmon, a roll, and more
Sushi at Irashai.
Irashai

16. Shabu Zen

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16 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 292-8828
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Shabu Zen is one of the city’s best hot pot spots (there’s also a location in Allston), and it’s been around for almost 20 years. Splurge and get the prime ribeye, and pair it with the Mongolian-style spicy broth.

A bowl of clams in broth at a hot pot restaurant
Clams at Shabu Zen.
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17. Tora Japanese Restaurant

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20B Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-6688
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One of several excellent Japanese options in a neighborhood more focused around Chinese food, the subterranean Tora opened in late 2017, featuring kaisen don — rice bowls with sashimi — and describing itself as the first local restaurant to do so. There’s also makimono, poke, hot entrees (such as broiled teriyaki eel over rice), and more.

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.
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1. The Q

660 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
A restaurant interior full of diners. The space features brick and bright red accents.
The Q in Chinatown.
The Q

The menu at the Q is massive and offers diners a mix of Japanese and Chinese food, but the play here is the Mongolian hot pot. Get the spicy beef tallow broth, and pack it with noodles, vegetables, and protein.

660 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

2. Avana Sushi

42 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

This sushi spot lives inside a cramped food court on Beach Street and offers diners a ludicrously cheap ($8.95) lunch deal, which includes miso soup, one maki roll, and two sides. There’s also a larger location in the Financial District (58 Franklin St.) that opened more recently, but there’s something special about the weird little Beach Street location.

42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

3. Taiwan Cafe

34 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111
Slices of a flaky white fish sit in a fiery red broth in a metal bowl over a flame. It’s on a table inside a busy, casual restaurant.
Sichuan fish at Taiwan Cafe.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings at Taiwan Cafe are the truth, but don’t shy away from dishes such as sauteed pickled mustard greens with pork intestines, sauteed blood pudding, or Sichuan-style white fish in a pot of bubbling chile oil.

34 Oxford St
Boston, MA 02111

4. Gourmet Dumpling House

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

Guess what’s good here? Gourmet Dumpling House makes some of the city’s best pork soup dumplings. Order them, but also eat the ox tongue and tripe with chile sauce. Try the chilled spicy pork ears, too.

52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

5. Pho Pasteur

682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
Exterior of Pho Pasteur Vietnamese restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown, with maroon signage and light pink paint.
Pho Pasteur.
Pho Pasteur

This Vietnamese restaurant is a Chinatown staple. Pho Pasteur opened in 1991, and it has been serving an extensive menu of Vietnamese food — including, yes, some of the best pho in the city — ever since.

682 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

6. Penang Malaysian Cuisine

685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02116
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)

The roti canai is a sort of crispy pancake served with curry chicken, and it — along with the nasi lemak, which is a coconut-flavored rice dish served with a chile- and anchovy-spiked curry chicken and a hard-boiled egg — is what you should order at Penang, one of the area’s only Malaysian restaurants. (There’s also a Waltham location.)

685 Washington St
Boston, MA 02116

7. Empire Garden

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.
Empire Garden promises “exotic cocktails,” “Chinese delicacies,” and more.
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

This eye-catching space was formerly a Vaudeville theater. (And no, it wasn’t a porn theater.) Peking duck is an option, making Empire Garden one of the very few restaurants in the city doing the dish.

690 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Hot Pot Buffet

70 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Signage for Hot Pot Buffet in Boston’s Chinatown — red text on a white background, with an image of a cartoonish smiling bull giving a thumbs up
Hot Pot Buffet.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hot Pot Buffet serves all-you-can-eat hot pot until late — what more does anyone need? Fans love the quick service and extensive menu.

70 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

9. Dumpling Cafe

695 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
A wooden steamer holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings. The steamer sits on a round white plate on a wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Dumpling Cafe is the spot for Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings and pork soup dumplings. Not to be missed, however, is the Taiwan-style eggplant, which is sweet and spicy and gooey and perfect. (Not in Chinatown but trying to satisfy a dumpling craving? Try Dumpling Cafe’s sibling restaurants Dumpling Kingdom and Dumpling Palace, located in Allston and Fenway, respectively.)

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
Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Peach Farm was a late-night favorite among restaurant industry types before the pandemic struck, but it doesn’t stay open quite as late anymore. Still, it’s worth a visit. Its menu is overwhelming — there are literally hundreds of options — but that’s part of the allure. One could eat food from Peach Farm every night for a year before trying everything on the menu, but start with seafood, especially the lobster with ginger and scallions. There’s also Peking duck, and — unlike other neighborhood destinations for it — you don’t have to order in advance.

4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Shojo

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A burger served on a steamed bun and topped with a kimchi cheese and bacon
The “Shojonator” burger at Shojo.
Shojo

This extraordinarily hip spot is known for its inspired cocktails, but don’t miss the sesame charred greens, the tiger-style ribs, the shadowless fries, and whatever bao options are currently on offer.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

12. 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)

This Cantonese restaurant has been open since the 1980s and has since become a stalwart of Chinatown’s dining scene. The sauteed duck tongues in Maggi sauce are worth an order, as is anything made with XO sauce, which is a spicy, umami-rich fish sauce that originated in Hong Kong. (Note: As of this map’s November 2021 update, Hong Kong Eatery has still not resumed dine-in service; takeout and delivery are available.)

79 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

13. Winsor Dim Sum Cafe

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

Winsor Dim Sum Cafe’s dim sum menu is expansive. The restaurant also serves great congee, and its shredded pig ears in mala sauce are not to be missed.

10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

14. New Jumbo Seafood

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 Seafood Restaurant.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

New Jumbo Seafood obviously has its fair share of seafood options, but it also serves deep-fried quail, roasted pigeon, and Peking duck.

5 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111

15. Irashai

8 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
A plate of sushi, including pieces of salmon, a roll, and more
Sushi at Irashai.
Irashai

This Japanese spot has an extensive menu, including sushi, sashimi, maki, and a variety of teriyaki options. The pork katsu — which is fried pork cutlet — and some sushi is the play.

8 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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16. Shabu Zen

16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A bowl of clams in broth at a hot pot restaurant
Clams at Shabu Zen.
Korsha Wilson/Eater

Shabu Zen is one of the city’s best hot pot spots (there’s also a location in Allston), and it’s been around for almost 20 years. Splurge and get the prime ribeye, and pair it with the Mongolian-style spicy broth.

16 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

17. Tora Japanese Restaurant

20B Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
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

One of several excellent Japanese options in a neighborhood more focused around Chinese food, the subterranean Tora opened in late 2017, featuring kaisen don — rice bowls with sashimi — and describing itself as the first local restaurant to do so. There’s also makimono, poke, hot entrees (such as broiled teriyaki eel over rice), and more.

20B Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

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