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Chinatown’s Best

In Food on August 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Fuleen Seafood Restaurant

Located off of East Broadway in Chinatown, Fuleen Seafood Restaurant is the definition of authentic Chinese food. A tank full of  live shrimp, dungeness crab, lobsters, and live black sea bass are showcased in the front window. I have been going to Fuleen for almost 6 years and the staff has never changed. They are always friendly and welcoming. As soon as  I am seated at one of the over-sized round tables, I am greeted with a bowl of salted, toasted peanuts and pickled vegetables. The Chinese oolong tea served is excellent. Once the tea is finished make sure you flip the lid and the waiter will come by to refill it.

The menu can be very intimidating but don’t be afraid to ask the waiter or waitress for some recommendations.  I highly suggest ordering the live steamed jumbo shrimp (a half pound for two people). A treat is that the waiter will bring the actual live shrimp to your table before it becomes your dinner. This is my definition of fresh seafood. These shrimp are steamed with their shell on and come out sweet and tender. Watch out for your fingers because these little suckers are always piping hot.

Another one of my favorite dishes with an overwhelming flavor is the clam soup. I always say that this soup can cure any ailment. It is garnished with ginger and scallion, which brings out the immense flavors of the soup. If you are looking for a more hearty, meaty dish definitely get the Peking duck. This is a famous dish that is considered one of China’s national foods. The duck is roasted and served with steamed pancakes, spring onions, and hoison sauce or sweet bean sauce. The thin, crispy skin of the duck is my favorite part, next to the garnish of Pringles. Yes, Pringles. An unexpected treat is when they bring you the remaining meat of the duck chopped up and served with vegetables. All in all this is a savory staple when ordering off the menu. Aside from the mentioned dishes, I also recommend getting the snails in black bean sauce, the seaweed sea bass rolls, razor clams (when they are in season), and the crispy fried squab. And for the vegetarians out there, don’t worry, you can enjoy the seasonal green vegetables such as the sauteed sugar snap peas or sauteed spinach with garlic. At the end of your feast your tablecloth will most likely be demolished but I would take that as a good sign. Just when you think you couldn’t eat another thing, they bring you sliced fruit, usually oranges or watermelon (depending on the season). There is no chocolate molten cake here but make sure you ask for the tapioca pudding. This tasty concoction is sweet and milky.

Trust me when I say you owe it to your belly to go to Fuleen restaurant. The food is full-on Cantonese and the prices are cheap. They are open till 2 am so this is a great choice after a night out in the city. If you want the ultimate Chinese experience don’t waste your time anywhere else.

11 Division St., New York, NY 10002
nr. Bowery  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
work 212-941-6888

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  1. sean took me here cuz he had such a good experience with you guys. i loved it too! tho i think we made some mistakes in ordering.. now i know what to get!

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