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"Monterey Park" Quality Food Found In NY Chinatown


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"Monterey Park" Quality Food Found In NY Chinatown

Chandavkl | Apr 22, 2004 08:12 PM

Monterey Park, CA near Los Angeles was the first suburban Chinatown established in the US and it continues to set the standard for Chinese food in this country. In my occasional visits to New York Chinatown I had unsuccessfully sought out Monterey Park quality Chinese food for over a decade. This is no knock on New York Chinatown, since even Los Angeles Chinatown and San Francisco Chinatown each have only one or two Monterey Park quality Chinese restaurants. However, I think I finally hit the jackpot in New York Chinatown this week in my visit to East Seafood, 17 Division St. Since I was limited to just two dishes, I'm hoping that other Chowhounds can confirm my conclusion. The two items I had there were seafood tofu soup, the best I've ever had, and the innocuous sounding beef with rice noodle casserole. Slightly spicy, this casserole was not only a culinary delight, but was also a visual treat. The rice noodles were tied up in a knot, creating a shape resembling an octopus with its tentacles hanging down. Anyway, I've returned home to Los Angeles with no prospect of going back to East Seafood for perhaps a year. Consequently, I would appreciate any other comments on this establishment.

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