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China Boy--Stunning Find in D.C. Chinatown

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China Boy--Stunning Find in D.C. Chinatown

Chandavkl | Jan 9, 2008 11:42 AM

As I have posted on several of the boards, Chinese food in Chinatowns lags badly behind Chinese food in suburban areas having a significant Chinese population (e.g., San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles). This is due to the fact that Chinatown restaurants typically have a tourist and lunch crowd which lowers the authenticity and hence the quality of the food. This trend is particularly the case in Washington DC given the large lunch crowd and the relatively small local Chinese population in Chinatown. Having run out of dining alternatives in D.C. Chinatown, I spied a restaurant called China Boy on 6th St. between H and I Streets in Chinatown, in the basement of what appears to be a residential building. At first I thought it was the remnants of a deceased restaurant and didn't even stop. However, going back this afternoon I spotted an "open" sign in the window and took a closer look. Even walking through the door I was still skeptical that there was an operating restaurant there because it there did not appear to be any kind of business open there, just supplies stacked against the wall in a small hallway. However making a right turn, there indeed was a small restaurant. I'm not sure what their business plan is--there were only two tables (one large and one small), and the menu on the wall only had four categories of food--chow fun, noodle soup, fried rice and rice noodle rolls. (Maybe they make it on take out, or maybe they wholesale some of their stuff.) However, the food there is terriffic. The beef rice noodle rolls (cheung fun) are excellent as is the beef noodle soup. I've only seen a brief mention of China Boy on this board, but despite its improbable setting I have to say it's rocketed to the top of my list of Chinatown eateries. Previous poster indicates that China Boy closes rather early, probably a wise decision based on the surroundings. Street address is 817 Sixth St.

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