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Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill – Chinese Upper East Side New York – Plate Of The Day
Chinese Food Food Upper East Side

Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill – Chinese Upper East Side New York

July 25, 2007

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Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill – Chinese Upper East Side New York

1500 3rd Ave @ 85th
Tel 212 639 1313

Who says you can’t get great Chinese food north of Spring Street? Actually I did. But I correct myself, there’s a plenty of options spread across Manhattan on the East and West side. For example there is Cafe Swish up on 116th and Broadway where you can get lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny excellent hot pot and pan asian dishes including Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese. Then there’s Joe’s Shanghaiand Grand Sichuan that both serve great soup dumplings / xiao long bao. Recently a friend of a friend introduced us to Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill located on 3rd Ave between 84th and 85th. We were quite impressed by the menu. Lili’s Noodle Shop has a great selection of noodles of course such as the Niu Rou Mian 牛肉面 (The spicy level has been appropriately decreased for the clientele but you can ask to raise it lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny back up). The noodle dishes, by the way are enormous and can be split between 2 people. Lili’s also has fresh roast duck & soy sauce chicken (see them hanging off above the chopping blocks in the kitchen?), and a great selection of SiChuan/Northern dishes such as Lion’s Head Meatballs (狮子鋀 I think). Lion’s Head Meatballs is a great dish – the meatballs are made of marinated pork and fried with a light cornstarch batter to produce a crunchy lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny exterior skin and are served with bok choy. We didn’t order it here though cause it was like $12 vs. $7/$8 at Joe’s Shanghai Chinatown. Here’s a recipe from Habeas Brulee nevertheless. Finally, we ordered a plate of the Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao to compare and here the difference between authentic Chinatown dishes and Uptown restaurants comes into play. The dumplings were much smaller and not very fresh – I suspect they were previously frozen. Ok, so yes you can get great Chinese food outside of Chinatown. You’ll pay a little more and maybe not all the dishes are 100% authentic, but overall the convenience of the location makes up for that. Check out Lili’s Noodles!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Simon July 27, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Yeah the noodles here are pretty good

  • Reply Karen July 31, 2007 at 11:01 am

    check the Dept of Health for Lili’s health code violations… =P

  • Reply david January 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Eat at lili’s quite a bit due to its proximity to my apartment. 2 of 10 times there is a bug of some kind in the food. I’m sure its much more than that but I just don’t notice. Tonight we had the triple. 1)bug in the soup 2) hair in my wifes soup and 3) dirty silverware. We finally just got up and walked out. Way too high a price to pay for convenience!!

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