Ping's Seafood

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Ping's Seafood
Chinatown
The bank of fish tanks near the entrance suggests the category. Go for something you haven’t tried: Spiced baby silvery fish are bite-sized pieces of boneless smelt deep-fried to a golden yellow; ask for pepper salt (a mix of Szechuan peppercorns and salt) to boost the mild flavor. Big steamed oysters benefit from a splash of Ping’s famous homemade XO sauce—a spicy condiment made of dried shrimp, scallops and garlic. The sliced sautéed conch is set off by snappy snow peas and a tangy fermented shrimp sauce. Those exotic flavors, plus touches like tablecloths, justify prices that are a notch above the Chinatown norm.
Venue name: Ping's Seafood
Contact:
Address: 22 Mott St
New York
10013
Cross street: between Mosco and Pell Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10:30am–midnight; Sat, Sun 9am–11pm
Transport: Subway: J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average main course: $25. MC, V
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