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Chef Yu

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  • Chinese
  • 520 8th Ave, New York NY10018 40.753617 -73.991904
  • (At 36th St)
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  • (917) 717-5809
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User Ratings (Based on 74 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 4.0
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

(917) 717-5809
Place Order:
Order From Chef Yu for delivery & takeout
Free Delivery Take Out Catering Visa, MC, AmEx
Daily: 11am-11pm
Lunch, Dinner
Happy Hour, Delivery, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by TinyM on 12/25/2007

    What a Space!

    I live 5 blocks from this place and never noticed! My loss! Behind scaffolding on a decrepid stretch of 8th Ave., lies this unassuming Chinese Restaurant with above average, tasty food, real table linens! and el cheapo drinks, esp. during happy hour. Kudos to the architect that transformed this huge, 2 level (beautiful balcony) place into a relaxing, spacious dining room!! The menu is very large, w/alot of szechuan and cantonese faves. Our menu for 2: split a beer, wonton SOUP, DUMPLINGS in CHILI OIL(sublime, delicate,small, but (14 pcs.), in a peanut and hot chili oil which is a taste sensation),4.95!,appetizer portion of fabulous ROAST PORK (big enough for an entree, or appetizer for 3-4 people - $5.95!) , and SPICY BASIL CHICKEN ($8.75). Love! that chinese basil, w/ fresh cabbage and chestnuts (crunchy), silky chicken strips (a tad oily, but tasty). Great find in the middle of my slowly gentrifying neighborhood. Why eat fast food when shopping on 34th St., or staying near Penn station, when you can eat and relax HERE, and avoid the grimy fast food grease joints. My new Chinese fave. Ordering in next week! Our bill: 4 dishes and a beer: $26.00. Wow!

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by Cuisine Critic on 12/24/2007

    Chef Yu Must Have took the Night Off!!!

    My take out order was greasy and loaded with MSG beyong belief. I could not even eat it. there seems to be a big difference between dine-in and take out. The girl at the bar could have used an attitude adjustment as well. I don't understand. I came twice before and the food was so good. (The previous 2 visits were in the same day) I called the manager up to complain and he offered me a courtesy credit. We'll see what happens in the future. In the meanwhile, inspect the contents of your order, especially if it's takeout. Speak-up if it is not what you want. Happy holidays and a Happy New Year!

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by Lee on 12/10/2007


    my friend and I came to visit New York last summer and stumbled upon this place. We were surprised at how good the food was, and mostly the pricing. Ambiance is amazing. Very clean, very classy, and all at the very low prices. We loved it. This year we came back to NY with plan to dine at this amazing place. We didnt have luck finding it till the last day of our visit. We were determined to find it! We've spent the whole day walking up and down 7th avenue, and finally crossed over to the 8th. And there it was. Our last day in NY we've found what we've been waiting for for over a year. The food was excellent again! You can not get this anywhere in the city, and for that matter country! Thanks Chef Yu!

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by Rocky on 12/02/2007

    Worth the walk

    We have been looking for a Chinese Restaurant that is not on the extremes of the dining spectrum. NYC is full of the inexpensive, tasty yet usually oily Chinese fast food joints where you eat on paper plates. There are also many well reviewed, trendy $40+/person locations. Where is the restaurant that has good food for a reasonable price where I can sit down in a good atmosphere and have table service. This is it! Great menu, friendly service, and the food was excellent. We had Dumplings in Red Chili Sauce and Basil Chicken. All was perfect! Well worth the walk!

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2007

    Delicious and trendy

    Delicious and trendy (but not too trendy to be silly expensive and annoyinly packed) Chinese good for big or small parties.

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/24/2007

    Excellent Place

    The food in this place is just simply awesome. Everyone is incredibly nice. Its one of my favorite restaraunts in NYC. The place is incredibly good. I would give a strong thumbs up. Try the Spicy Basil Chicken and the Beef with Broccoli. Food is fresh and delicious.

  • Chef Yu

    Posted by Picky eater on 11/08/2007

    Big Surprise

    A friend and I stopped into Chef Yu's out of the blue. It looked so out of place! We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food - not too oily and great flavor. We were super surprised at the prices - under $50 total for 2 apps, 2 entries and a bottle of wine. I brought another very picky friend there a few weeks later. She loved it. When ever I crave Chinese I think of Chef Yu's. If only they had a location further uptown.

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