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Taste of Northern China

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88 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002 40.713836 -73.99414
entrance on Forsyth St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-229-8107 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Daily, 11am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at East Broadway



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted


It’s not that Taste of Northern China is as hard to find as everyone says it is. It’s that after you’ve found it, you wish perhaps you hadn’t. When food bloggers describe the place as a hole-in-the-wall, holes-in-the-wall consider libel suits. To get in the door when there’s another customer inside, you have to do that thing you do to get out of your car when you’ve parked too close to somebody’s Nissan Armada. And the phrase “looks clean enough to eat off the floor” did not originate here. In short, it’s a dump, but a dump with soul and some cheap and wonderful food. Get the thick and chewy “cold skin” wheat noodles mingled with bits of wheat gluten in a vinegary sauce; a Chinese chopped-pork “burger”; and some skewers from a list of 34 — we recommend the lamb, the cauliflower, the hot dog, and especially the rice cakes. They’re all aggressively seasoned with cumin and chile powder and cooked over hardwood charcoal the way they do it on the street in Flushing.


$10 credit-card minimum.

Recommended Dishes
Cold-skin noodles, $5; chopped-pork burger, $3

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