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3 Must-Try Restaurants in Philly’s Chinatown


So you’re hungry and not sure exactly what you’re hungry for? You’ve come to the right place.

When you live at Crane, you have access to everything Chinatown has to offer, from culture to entertainment, it’s all here. But there’s one thing we all fall in love with in Chinatown and that’s the food. 

In fact, our neighborhood is a foodie destination. Here are three place you simply must try in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

Bai Wei

Noted in just about every best-of-food list in the region, Bai Wei is known for specializing in authentic Szechuan and Hunan cuisines, and Dim Sum.  

Regarded as having the best soups in town, Bai Wei’s Shanghai Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings are a must try. But if you’re visiting on the weekends, be sure to grab a table early as this place gets packed!

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.


Menu: Online Menu

David’s Mai Lai Wah

Have you ever wondered where all the chefs and bar teams go at closing time? The answer is David’s Mai Lai Wah. That’s right, when chefs shut down for the night and leave their kitchens behind, they head over to David’s for really, really good Chinese food.

Open from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. David’s Mai Lai Wah is where insomniacs and nightcrawlers gather for the best Chinese food in town when everything else is closed. 

But it isn’t just the fact that David’s is open late. In fact, many reviewers rave the restaurant’s pork dumplings with ginger scallion sauce are quite addicting. We’ll see you there for our next midnight snack!

Hours: 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.


Menu: Online Menu

Chinatown Square

Of course, if you’re looking for something for everyone, another great place to check out is Chinatown Square. Likely the most condensed food court in the city, Chinatown Square houses Khmer’s Grill (sausages and ice cream), Philly Poke, Kurry korner, The Bao Bar, Tea Us and more. 

Looking for more great restaurants in Chinatown? Check out Visit Philly’s list of the 25 greatest restaurants in Chinatown.

Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.