219 N 11th St.

215/925-7266

Hours:

Tues-Sun 11:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.

This is the archetypal family-owned Chinese restaurant. It’s small and unassuming, and serves signature favorites like salt-baked squid, hot-and-sour soup, Singapore noodles, and abalone and duck soup. Zagat’s calls the fare “some of Chinatown’s finest…everything on the extensive menu is unbelievably great.” A lot of what you’ll find on the menu can’t be had at any other restaurant in town. BYOB. After dinner, visit their Zen Tea House down the street.