Where to go for lunch in Los Angeles' Chinatown?
March 10, 2017 7:21 AM   Subscribe

I'll be downtown near L.A.s Chinatown tomorrow at lunchtime, and so want to go there for lunch. When I eat there I usual go to the $1-a-plate sort of place where the food is served off of steam trays. Which I love. But: Tomorrow I want to eat Chinese food at a notch or two fancier sit-down type restaurant. Where should I go?
posted by bertran to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Do you want American style chinese, or more authentic cuisine? 'Cause that's gonna make a huge difference.
posted by ApathyGirl at 7:51 AM on March 10, 2017

Response by poster: Authentic, preferably. Unless the American style is just superb for it's kind.

So I suppose I'm open to suggestions for either.
posted by bertran at 8:34 AM on March 10, 2017

I'd go to PokPok, but it's Thai, not Chinese.
Jonathan Gold 2015 story in LAT
posted by Ideefixe at 9:15 AM on March 10, 2017

I was also going to say PokPok, in addition to the following:
Lao Tao (not fancier, but worth it.) don't let the crazy-ass line in the Far East Plaza scare you, it's for Howlin' Ray's.
I'll add more as my friends reply back at me.
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:27 AM on March 10, 2017

The Empress, for sure.
They serve dim sum from carts.
There is no chow mein or orange chicken to be had for love nor money.
I think you can order from a menu, too, but we never have.
It's the only place we go in Chinatown.
posted by SLC Mom at 10:47 AM on March 10, 2017

Every time I've recommended Roy Choi's Chego, people have loved it.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:55 AM on March 12, 2017

Response by poster: Dim sum sounded good, but The Empress has become 100% weddings and receptions, so I went to Ocean Seafood, which is apparently owned by the same person as the Empress. It was okay; I wouldn't say great.

I'll try your other suggestions in subsequent visits. Thank you for them, and thanks, Ideefixe, for the link to the article. Looks like 'Chinatown' doesn't necessarily mean Chinese food anymore.
posted by bertran at 9:58 AM on March 12, 2017

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