There are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than there are McDonald’s, but that doesn’t mean you should assume you’ve ever tasted anything like the fare served at Madame Zhu’s. This is the kind of cooking you’ll find only in the most accomplished restaurants in Beijing, Chongqing, and Shanghai….which makes sense since those are the cities where the proprietress opened her first (celebrated) establishments. Top dishes include a smoked sole that melds a campfire’s essence with soy sauce and ocean brine; the pleasingly sour and just fiery-enough fish stew; bacon siu mai dumplings; and the searing hot pot beef noodles. Madame Zhu’s is also prettier than your average Chinese food joint, with flowers on the marble-topped tables and a twinkly light sculpture over the long wooden communal table (it’s nice enough for a casual date night).
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
Hao Noodle and Tea by Madame Zhu’s Kitchen
401 Sixth Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Greenwich Village Hours Mon–Thurs 11:30am–2pm and 5:30–9pm, Fri-Sat noon–3pm and 5:30–10pm, Sun noon–3pm and 5:30–9pm Transportation Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th St. Phone 212/633-8900 Prices Main dishes $6–$26 Cuisine Type Chinese Web site Hao Noodle and Tea by Madame Zhu’s Kitchen