New Dragon Seafood Restaurant
934 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
It's a tiny hole in the wall; actually down a short hallway off of Hill Street in Chinatown. Was with some friends originally from Taiwan and we stopped in Chinatown for quick shopping and late lunch before heading to Burbank airport. Checked Sam Woos and it was a "B" rating and the menu didn't impress them. Next door was nice, but really expensive, Ocean Seafood. So, we let Fangshou loose and she walked down the street looking until she found New Dragon. It's kind of hard to find and not real fancy inside. But, the food quality and preparation and service was excellent. It is not Americanized Chinese, but some familiar dishes.
I ordered safe and asked for broccoli beef. It was fresh, light and tasty; best I have had in a long time. But, my friends ordered a bunch of stuff and let me taste. Soup was a broth with stomach lining (not tripe - it was soft) and a little bacon. Very tasty despite the sound of ingredients. And, you put red vinegar in it if you want. It's really good. I actually don't know what it was called because they ordered everything. Fresh fish prepared skin on; white fish, not tilapia, but they have a steamed tilapia dish also. Fresh live crab prepared to order. Hot pot of fish with veggies. They ordered more, but I had no guts to try some of the dishes this time.
Not such a great descriptive review, sorry. But, this place is really authentic Chinese and very good. Menu is in Chinese and English and if you want "safe" dish like chicken asparagus or broccoli beef, its there. But, some items I had never heard of (and kind of scared me at first) were very favorable for my friends. I want to go back and try more.
If anyone else knows this place and can describe better, please help me out. But, if you are looking for a great place to eat in Chinatown, this is it. We were there about 4:30PM Sunday and by 5:30PM is was getting real crowded. All ages, nationalities, wardrobe.
I am putting New Dragon on my list of really great Chinese.