Dumpling House, Cambridge
From the owners of the beloved, now-closed gourmet Dumpling House in Chinatown, Cambridge’s Dumpling House offers an extensive menu of hand-made dumplings, Szechuan dishes and live lobster tank shellfish offers.
950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, dumpling house ma.com; 617-661-8066
People line up at this bustling Japanese restaurant for authentic handmade tabletop hotpot dishes. At Shabu Zen, a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables are cooked to order at your table.
16 Tyler Street, Boston, Shabusen.com; 617-292-8828
Chinese pearl, Quincy
The downtown Boston location is currently closed for renovations, but those who want to eat China Pearl dim sum can find it in Quincy. China Pearl is known for its wide range of dim sum options and traditional dishes.
237 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, chinapearlrestaurants.com617-773-9838
Taiwanese cafe in Chinatown
In 2004, Grove praised the restaurant’s “fun” atmosphere and wide variety of dishes, including simple plates of edamame, takana and tofu.
34 Oxford Street, Boston. ordertaiwancafe.com617-426-8181
Double Chin, Chinatown
Try modern take on traditional Chinese dishes such as sriracha honey chicken and kimchi waffle fries. Bubble tea, smoothies, sake and beer are also served at this lime-colored café.
86 Harrison Avenue, Boston, doublechinbos.com, 617-482-0682
chili garden, medford
This Sichuan culinary paradise has a menu packed with spices and smokes, Grove wrote in 2006.
41 Riverside Avenue; chiligardenonline.com781-396-8488
Berners, Chestnut Hill
In 2012, former Red Sox chairman Larry Laccino told The Globe that the fine dining restaurant was “the best Chinese restaurant in town in Chestnut Hill.”
57 Boylston Street; bernardschestnuthill.com; 617-738-3388
CK Shanghai, Wellesley
In 2005, The Globe called the restaurant a hub for “real” Chinese cuisine, with exceptionally good vegetarian dishes.
15 Washington Street; ckshanghai.com781-237-7500
Travel & Leisure once named this suburban spot one of the best Chinese restaurants in the United States. Thanks to its classic dishes and its more adventurous dishes. Think pork intestine casserole or turnip cake.
211 Massachusetts Avenue. Taipei Gourmet.com781-541-6999
Blossom Bar, Brookline
The Blossom Bar in Sichuan Gardens in Brookline Village is owned by Ran Duan, the restaurateur behind the Baldwin Bar in Sichuan Gardens and the Baldwin & Sons Trading Company in Woburn. Try one of the restaurant’s classic tropical his drinks, such as Bacardi Carta Blanca, a bocadillo sour made with guava paste, lime and mint.
295 Washington Street, Brookline, Blossombarbrookline.com617-734-1870