Let’s face it: Sometimes all you want in life is some kung pao chicken and a mountain of fried rice. And while we fully support hitting up your local takeout spot for those needs (hey, it’s winter), there’s also a world of regional cuisines and incredible dishes in Chinatown, Flushing and beyond. Here are eight of our favorite places for a blowout Chinese meal. 

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Great NY Noodletown

This Chinatown institution is perpetually packed and chaotic—and 100 percent worth it. You can’t go wrong with Hong Kong-style noodle soups, wontons and congee.

28 Bowery (at Bayard St.); 212-349-0923

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East Harbor Seafood Palace

Is it a Sunday-morning dim sum spread you’re after? The bite-size delights at this Sunset Park eatery will feed your bao-loving heart. Don’t miss the crispy taro puffs and egg tarts.

714 65th St. (at Seventh Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-765-0098

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Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

It’s all right there in the name: You’ll find perfectly doughy noodles—both pulled and knife-cut—submerged in soul-warming soups topped with everything from lamb to eel.

1 Doyers St. (at Bowery); 212-791-1817 otastyhandpullednoodlesnyc.com

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Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian

Yep, you can get incredible dim sum with nary a shred of pork in sight. And the meat-free version is just as good as the original: You might not even notice the difference when you bite into “char siu” buns and “shrimp” har gow.

77 Mulberry St. (between Canal and Walker sts.); 212-233-2921 obuddhavegetarian.com

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Spicy Village

First off, the name conjures up an image of tiny huts thatched with chili peppers, which is great. And second, the “big tray chicken” is life-changing. Ask for it with a side of noodles and stretchy pants.

68 Forsyth St. (between Grand and Hester sts.); 212-625-8299 ospicyvillagenyc.com

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Han Dynasty

The family-style eats at this Szechuan spot don’t mess around with the chili peppers, but we’re more than happy to endure the mouth-numbing pain for dry-pepper chicken and dan dan noodles.

Two locations in Manhattan; handynasty.net

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Nothing says “feast” like a whole bird, and you can’t do better than the crispy-skinned Peking duck (with all the fixings) at RedFarm’s downstairs sibling.

529 ½ Hudson St. (at Charles St.); 212-691-9700 or decoynyc.com

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Imperial Palace

The Dungeness crab (or lobster) sticky rice at this Cantonese banquet hall is legendary, and for good reason. Round out the meal with sweet-and-sour pork chops and garlic pea shoots.

13613 37th Ave. (at Main St.), Queens; 718-939-3501

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