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Chef Yu

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(20 Reviews)

520 8th Ave Frnt H, New York, NY 10018

(212) 736-6150

Today: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Authentic Chinese Cuisine at Affordable Prices

General Info
Chef Yu serves up deliciously spicy dishes at his namesake restaurant in the Garment District. His specialties are the beef tendon and marinated beef with hot pepper sauce, but that doesn't mean all Yu's dishes aren't standouts! Not only are they delicious, but they are inexpensive. In fact, the lunch specials exceed fifteen meal options all under $6.99.
Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
* Corporate Catering Available * In/Out House Catering Call us today to help plan your party. Visit our web site to place an order or to view pictures of our restaurant.
Payment method
amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Midtown Manhattan, Garment District
Chinese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Take Out, Seafood, Chinese

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Parties

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice Place

Went to this place a few times. Very nice. Food is good and prices aren't bad.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Solid Lunch place

The options around here are pretty dreadful. This place has been a refuge for me. The food is fairly good for the price and the noodle soups are a savior in this weather.

Although I'm a fan of variety, I find myself here pretty frequently. The lunch special are good value here, the ambiance is not bad for a Chinese restaurant and the noodle soups are wonderful here.

Athena Chang


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Value for Lunch Special

Decent Chinese restaurant with fine decor and quick delivery/takeout. Their cuisine is Sichuan style so for spicy eaters, this is a good spot. Lunch special comes with a house salad with their special in-house spicy dressing.

I personally think their dishes are a little too greasy at times although the flavor is authentic and tasty. In the West 30s area, this is definitely still one of the best Chinese restaurants.



Provided by Citysearch - 
service charge for poor service

We were waiting for a table and the hostess offered us a table that was up against a coat rack. We said no to that table and said we would wait a bit longer for a suitable table. Then we were finally seated we saw that other people were being served that came after us and we hadn't even had our order taken. My date went to the bar and ordered drinks and tried to get service. Finally a waitress with a nasty attitude came after 20 minutes and asked if we were ready to order, imagine that. We couldn't even get a glass of water. The wait staff didn't even take away the dirty dishes from the appetizer when they brought the main course. The bill came and we noticed a service charge. We asked the waitress what that was and she said she didn't know and she came back with a waiter that asked us not so politely to pay the bill. We did pay the bill including the service charge and left. Needless to say we won't be back for poor service, nasty attitude and the surprise service charge on a dinner for two. I'd rather go elsewhere where they actually earn a tip by giving good service and are not expecting a service charge for poor service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The service stinks!!

My table and I waited over 30 minutes to get served...the staff at Chef Yu really needs to get a clue.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good atmosphere, average-ish food

I am Chinese who went to Chef Yu with a bunch of caucasian friends. We past by the place and thought it looked promising and priced reasonably. We ordered Mai Tai, and it was great! However, that was pricey...$9 (Aug 2008). I had the whole fish in hot bean sauce. It was below my expectation. The fish wasn't fresh and it taste like it had been fried a few days before. The sauce was alright but since the fish wasn't fresh, I didn't particularly enjoy it.

My friends separately ordered slices of beef in oyster sauce and slices of beef with green peppers. The former seems alright and my friend enjoyed it but the latter had a disproportionate amount of tofu in it. There was hardly any beef!

Anyhow, this place has a good atmosphere and we enjoyed the cosy background ambience that complimented the conversation. However, I wouldn't come here for the cuisine alone.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bad Attitudes!

This is a good place to go in a pinch for a quick business meeting or after work drinks. However, some of the staff at this spot have the worst attitudes I have ever encountered. They can be very nasty for no reason at all. They greet you so rudely and act as if they are doing you a favor for allowing you to eat in their establishment. I mean if you can ignore that, it?s a cool place. The food is pretty good and the prices are too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great chinese food in cosy ambience

We went for New York for a long weekend and wanted to have a nice dinner on Saturday. When we passed Chef Yu (corner of 8th Ave and 36street), it looked appealing. Very cosy, which is quite hard to find in New York, unless you want to spend big bucks.
And guess what? The food was GREAT and the prices very modest.

As a starter we had Shrimp Dumplings: 8 dumplings for the price of only $5.99 and springrolls around $2. The portion of the springrolls was very small, but then again, so was the price. The dumplings were really very tasty.
For main course we had Prawns with mango ($13.25) and Prawns with vegetables ($11.95). And it was full of prawn: 9 in each dish! Top that of with a nice Pinot Grigio of only $7 and a coke of $1.60. and we had a complete meal for a mere $45 dollars and it was very very nice.

So I recommend going to Chef Yu if you like good chinese food for affordable prices in a cosy atmosphere.



Great Takeout

Great for lunchtime take-out. Prices for happy hour and very good. Chef Yu has the best Young Chow Fried rice. My stop at least once a week.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food. Nice Atmosphere

I've been staying in NYC for a few weeks and Chef Yu is the only decent Chinese restaurant within walking distance from where I was staying. Luckily the food is pretty good. I ate there 3 times in 2 weeks. Decent service. Good Chinese food. I'd definitely recommend this place to people.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Drink, Good Food & Nice Staft

The best drink for cocktail only $3 cheat??? The second is food ""Soft Shell Crab"" exellent. The last is the nice staft, I am recommended this restaurant for the people like chinese food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
not that good

well i tried this place because all my friends talk about it. i personally did not find it good the service was verry verry slow as it took them 15 mins to seat us down. the food was average and i will deff not be going here anytime soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Place to go for Lunch!

I have been to Chef Yu twice and will be going again this afternoon with a group of 8. the first time
i been to this place I loved it. The decor is nice the food is great and they give you a nice amount to
feel full. The price is so reasonable for what you get. If you like Chineese then this is the place for you.

Chef Yu - keep up the good work!!




Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best

I am 2nd time in the restaurant to try the food is good, drink is the best (happy hour), service is good,
& the restaurant is beutiful & nice place can do the party, good restaurant.



Provided by Citysearch - 
pools of flavorless grease

I ordered the chicken with eggplant and received a flavorless glob of mushy eggplant swimming in a pool of grease. The chicken had some flavor but was also drenched in the grease. I estimate that the plate contained about 1/2 cup of pure oil. My dinner partner ordered a beef dish that was slightly less greasy. If you are planning for a heart-attack, this is the restaurant to help you get there.



Provided by Citysearch - 

The food is exellent and it's a great joint for a group of people.Give it a try!

God ,how much do i have to write?



Provided by Citysearch - 
good food and the place is great

This is a wonderful place for eating (lunch and/or dinner).
The food is good as well.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great drinks

The ambience is great; the food pretty good; the wait staff fantastic. I was truly surprized with find this on 8th Av. When I return to the city I'll dine there again with my friends. Another thing the drinks were pretty cheap because of the hour I had dinner.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average food, pretty expensive

Came here for dinner with a friend and was not too impressed with the food and more surprised at their prices. Descent place but would rather take train to Chinatown and get some authentic chinese.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Value!!

This is a real great place for a nice inexpenive Chinese meal. Its not your average hole in the wall chinese place either. Its actually very nice inside, two floors, modern unique decor and friendly service! Its really worth trying out, you'll love it!