Miami isn’t known as one of the country’s premier dining destinations for Chinese food—the best Chinese restaurants in America tend to cluster around the West Coast and in the North East. But if you know where to look, top-tier dim sum and peking duck can found in Magic City, along with some excellent Chinese delivery. You just need to know where to find the best Chinese food Miami has to offer. When a craving for lo mein strikes, these top Chinese restaurants from Coral Gables to South Beach and beyond have you covered. For the best Chinese food in Miami, look no further.
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Best Chinese food in Miami
It’s not always easy to find decent Chinese food in this city, but follow local Chinese-American families south and you’ll discover some in a plain-looking strip mall. This is the place for Hong Kong-style Chinese food, and the best dim sum in the area. Seven days a week, lunchtime means roving dim sum carts teeming with fried dishes, steamer crates and even desserts—don't miss the doughy sesame balls.
Chinese food in Miami is what you used to crave after a night of heavy drinking, but then Komodo came along and turned this favorite hangover cure into something of a counterpart for a night of partying. In part, because this new upscale Asian restaurant and lounge is the result of a partnership between restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow and nightlife impresario David Grutman, best known for Miami Beach’s LIV and Story nightclubs. That’s not to say food takes a backseat here—the menu is filled with traditional Chinese dishes such as dim sum and Peking duck (which hang roasted by the entrance). Happy hour (Mon–Fri 4–7pm) brings the opportunity to try some more innovative options, like the pastrami egg roll, as well as discounted cocktails.
Before moving to Flagler Street, Gourmet Gourmet was Coral Gables’ go-to takeout spot—providing the business district with many, well, gourmet desk lunches. Years later, the restaurant's midday popularity has waned but its dinnertime crowds have grown to busy-dial-tone proportions, in part for its generous portions and all-natural flavors. Takeout and delivery remain the bulk of the business (there’s barely room to sit) as do dishes like Mongolian beef, Szechuan chicken and pork fried rice.
As its name implies, Da Tang’s menu is inspired by dishes first prepared during the Tang Dynasty more than 5,000 years ago. Guizhou fish, popular in China, is one of the more traditional items on the menu while new interpretations like the pork belly with blueberry sauce cater to more palates. Drinks straddle the line between old and new, with an innovative cocktail menu that highlight spirits such as baijiu, an emperor favorite made with fermented sorghum.
On the heels of his successful Korean concept Sakaya Kitchen, chef Richard Hales opened Blackbrick, the now two-year-old Chinese restaurant in the same Midtown Miami neighborhood as its forerunner. Here he specializes in modern Chinese Sichuan cuisine with a few, crowd-pleasing American Chinese dishes sprinkled in for good measure—though these are made with mostly exotic proteins such as rabbit, duck and oxtail. Chef Hales and his team use all seasonal vegetables and hand-make noodles for dishes, including the popular dandan mian made with Sichuan pork sauce. Unlike most Chinese restaurants, the fresh noodles are intended for dining in rather than takeout.
As if dining at the Fontainebleau weren’t already a first-class outing, in 2009 the legendary hotel welcomed the first American edition of the even more legendary London eatery. Dining here is for high rollers only, as even a handful of appetizers comes with a $100-plus price tag. Still, reservations are tough to get hold of. But if you can afford the splurge, you won’t regret it. Behind the scenes, chef de cuisine Jian Heng Loo utilizes the restaurant’s $1 million kitchen (yes, really) to perfection, churning out perfectly executed Cantonese classics, including crispy duck salad and jasmine tea-smoked ribs. Weekends bring a traditional dim sum lunch, with dumplings ranging from steamed squid ink har gau with caviar to wok-fried soft shell crabs.
Newcomers may find themselves puzzled by the decor (the abundance of white tablecloths translate more to a banquet hall), but a survey of the restaurant will tell you’ve come to the right place for Cantonese cuisine. Absence of Chinese tchotchkes notwithstanding, the place is 100 percent authentic and the menu strictly traditional—though several Americanized standards like General Tso chicken remain. Peking duck, served whole, is, of course, superb, as is the dim sum and the dynasty fish, a lightly fried fish in the chef’s special sweet-and-sour sauce—supposedly Ching dynasty emperor Chien-Long's number one dish in the world.
It’s not much of a looker, but how can you go wrong with authentic dim sum at under $15? Try shrimp dumplings, sticky rice, lotus buns and the like by the dozen, which you’ll chose from a lengthy paper menu rather than pointing at on a cart filled with small plates as is common. For hearty hearty entree, choose from the typical lo mein, chop suey and fried rice dishes.
A dining staple among celebs, this international upscale chain is perhaps more notable for its glitterati crowds and over-the-top decor than its food. The eponymous Chow, a fascinating man-about-town and an interior decorator by trade, is partly responsible. However, much is still said about Mr Chow’s signature chicken satay, hand-pulled Singapore-style noodles and crispy duck, which are flavorful, delicately portioned and accompanied by a hefty price tag.
It makes sense that this family-owned restaurant (sister restaurant to the city’s other Cantons and numerous Sushi Makis) is a favorite among generations of locals, who’ve been dining at this Coral Gables institution with their families for decades. Its straightforward menu satisfies the urge for traditional Chinese cooking (honey chicken is a winner here), while the addition of fresh sushi rolls and fried cream desserts keeps the younger crowds satiated. Service is attentive and friendly, and not just to regulars.