Fuleen Seafood Restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown is hands down my favorite Chinese restaurant in the city. Located on 11 Division Street deep in the heart of Chinatown, it’s an unassuming place that you wouldn’t think twice to stop at. You could easily walk on by and not even know you missed one of the better spots in Chinatown.
Now Fuleen isn’t a fancy restaurant. You go there for the food and not for the atmosphere. The wait staff is super friendly and helpful, but 9 times out of 10 there may be a bit of a language barrier. I’m super confident that you’ll easily get what you want since the menu is in English, but if you want to have something done a certain way, there may be some communication issues. Hey, if you’re like me, just enjoy the process and be sure to order some ice cold Tsingtao beers like we did below.
Now by far my favorite thing on the menu is their fresh lobster. “But isn’t lobster super expensive?”, you’re thinking. Well, at most American restaurants yes, but in Chinatown where there’s a ton of great, fresh fish, you’d be surprised at how well priced their fresh lobster is. But just don’t get the lobster prepared in any old way. No, no, no! This isn’t your bland and serve it with butter type of lobster. You gotta get it sautéed in XO sauce. So simply ask for fresh lobster with XO sauce. Usually one lobster is enough for 2-3 people to share, but if you’d like a bit more, get two just to be safe.
How good does that look?!! Yep, it was amazing, as always. Some of my other favorite things to order are their baked scallops, their salt n pepper pork chops, their butterflied prawns or any of their fresh fish from the tanks in the front of the restaurant steamed and served with a side of veggies or fried rice.
Can I tell you that dinner for 4 people, with several rounds of beers and at least 5 dishes will usually come out to around $75 – $85 bucks?! That’s crazy right?! Yeah, that’s why I love this place. I also love it because there’s not a lot of tourists or people that just want the latest thing. This is a classic no-frills joint that keeps on making awesome food for those willing to go off the beaten path. They also have a great lunch special where you can get several items for just $6 bucks I believe which is a steal!
So the next time you find yourself in Manhattan’s Chinatown, be sure to swing by Fuleen Seafood Restaurant. The more people you bring, the more great dishes you can try, so don’t be shy!
BTW, do you have your favorite NYC Chinatown restaurant? If so, let us know in the comments!