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Boston has a few classic neighborhoods known for incredible food. The North End is a local institution renowned for its authentic Italian fare. The Seaport stands as an ideal representation of New England’s incomparable seafood scene. Brookline has a few top-of-the-line Jewish delis with all of the classic soups and sandwiches. In addition to those notable neighborhoods, Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood stands as a culinary destination in its own right.

While it is one of many bustling, authentic Chinatowns across America, Boston’s stands alone in terms of location — in the heart of Downtown, adjacent to the Boston Common and Emerson College. To provide prospective guests an idea of what’s going on, here are some of the best restaurants in Chinatown, Boston.

Pho Pasteur

A common Chinatown staple, the Vietnamese soup known as Pho is one of the most delicious and popular menu items in the neighborhood. Pho Pasteur on Washington Street is Boston’s premier Pho restaurant with a perfect broth, amazingly friendly staff and an excellent menu. Beyond Pho, this spot also serves up a spot-on selection of chow foons and spring rolls.

Pho Pasteur
682 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

The Best Little Restaurant

The Best Little Restaurant is arguably the most popular Chinatown destination in Boston. Located on Hudson Street in the heart of Chinatown, this spot has all of the variety and authenticity one hopes to find in the neighborhood. The restaurant’s most beloved dishes are the lettuce wraps with beef and the empress chicken. The ginger and scallion lobster dish is also phenomenal at one of the littlest (and one of the best) restaurants in Chinatown Boston).

The Best Little Restaurant
13 Hudson Street #A
Boston, MA 02111

Gourmet Dumpling House

Xiao Long Bao — or soup dumplings — are a quintessential element of every Chinatown and Boston’s go-to ‘XLB’ spot is Gourmet Dumpling House. The shop’s dumplings come in a great variety: Our best advice is to try as many kinds as possible. With steamed veggie dumplings, seafood dumplings, pork and crab dumplings, pork and chive dumplings, the options are seemingly endless and utterly delicious across the board. Like all other great Chinatown restaurants in Boston, Gourmet Dumpling House has a long list of mouth-watering options beyond its signature dishes.

Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach Street
Boston, MA 02111