Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House is a restaurant on West Broadway that specializes in Shanghainese style Chinese food. There is a decent amount of seating in the restaurant, but it can get pretty busy during peak meal times.
I came here for a quick lunch recently while I was working in the area. I was surprised that they had really disgusting tea since “Tea House” is in their name. I was expecting your standard Chinese black tea or jasmine tea, but their tea had a very bitter taste and kind of tasted like vegetables. I think something was wrong with it, but I was too lazy to complain so I just drank water.
The xiao long bao here are one of their signature dishes and they have won awards for them. These lived up to the hype for me and I thought they were very delicious. The dumplings were super juicy, even more so than other versions I have had and the dumpling skin had the perfect amount of thickness. These are definitely a must try if you come here.
I also had the vegetarian tan tan noodles. This bowl of noodles was massive and it could easily feed at least two people. The noodles were good and they were nice and chewy. I really liked the tan tan sauce that they used although it was pretty heavy and it started to be too much for me after eating half the bowl. The sauce was a bit spicy and it had a nutty taste from the peanuts and sesame oil.
I enjoyed my meal from Lin. Some of the other menu items looked less inspiring, but I would come back for noodles and dumplings. The prices are also really affordable and the service is quick, so it is a good place for lunch.
Yes, for good dumplings and noodles.