I live in the burbs, where the local Chinese restaurants are tasty but not really interesting (let's not even contemplate "authentic"). I may be in Chinatown on Christmas and would like a chance to try out something a bit more exciting, but I'll be in the company of a person who's been perfectly happy getting the same lemon chicken and pork lo mein at Wo Hop or Hop Kee for the last 40 years, and is a little (!) resistant to change.
Can anybody suggest a restaurant in Chinatown (pref. on the Mott St/Canal St side, to keep my friend on familiar turf) where she can find something familiar/old fashioned, but I can also have a bit more chow-houndish fun than the same old same old again?
17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013