20 must-try restaurants in Chinatown, Boston



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Find dumplings, noodles, roast duck, and more in one of the most delicious pockets of the city.

Lamb plate at Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston
Lamb plate at Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

To say that Boston’s vibrant, ever-changing Chinatown has experienced hardships in the past couple of years is an understatement. In the early months of the pandemic, the neighborhood was the first to experience a rapid decline in clientele. Chinatown’s narrow streets prevented it from taking advantage of outdoor dining in a way that other neighborhoods had been able to, and a series of closures, including New Saigon Sandwich and China King, have considerably changed its landscape.

But the neighborhood is also incredibly resilient, and some of the city’s best meals can still be had here, at restaurants that shine a spotlight on fiery Szechuan noodles, sushi, hot pot, dim sum, bánh mì, pho, and more. Craving

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Bobby Flay opens a new restaurant, Buddy Valastro plans another

Cake Boss to open Boss Cafe

Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss” and operator of Buddy V’s Ristorante, Carlo’s Bakery and PizzaCake on the Strip, announced Wednesday that he’ll open Boss Cafe early next year at The Linq. The cafe, with fare inspired by the neighborhood delis and markets in New York and New Jersey familiar to Valastro and his family, will serve fresh breads, Italian sandwiches, pizzas, a mozzarella bar with the cheese made in-house, sweets and pastries.

El Luchador opens in Henderson

El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina has opened a second location, at 375 N. Stephanie St., at the corner of Warm Springs Road, in Henderson. Open daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner, it serves dishes such as tableside guacamole with house-made tortilla chips, the Triple Threat Chimichanga and taco varieties such as camaron chicharron, surf and turf and carnitas ala mandarin. Hours

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