Pinch Chinese

4.7
99 Reviews
$31 to $50
Chinese

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Pinch Chinese, a 2020 Michelin Bib Gourmand selection, is New York City's premier destination for Chinese comfort food, wine, and cocktails, located in SoHo.

For the safety and healthy of our team and guests, we will close in-restaurant dining beginning Monday, March 16. We will still offer pickup and delivery orders. Please visit our website for more information.

Please take care during this uncertain time. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Agiepoo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love the food here so we will put up with the noise.

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vipMogsob
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pinch has to be the best Chinese restaurant in the City. Totally authentic--no NY Chinese food here. Incredible dumplings (especially the chicken soup dumplings, which are in my view as good as any dumplings I had in China). The duck is among the best as well (although a notch below Decoy).

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vipdfcov
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dumplings amazing! Service amazing.

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vipOpenTableReviewer
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We celebrated Chinese New Year and it was fun. The restaurant was packed. There was a table of more than 20 girls in their teens for a birthday party so the restaurant was extra festive. The food is good. I recommend the pork dumplings and the pork belly. We also had the spicy halibut. It was a bit too spicy of me but friends loved it.

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ThomasN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is our fourth time coming to Pinch. So we really like it. The Peking duck is outstanding. We ALWAYS get it with the eggplant and the pork belly. We want to try the dumplings, which we hear rave reviews on, but we have become creatures of habit and order the same thing each time. One day we will switch it up but we are in no hurry. Pinch is a great spot. If I have one negative it has to do with the seating. If you are only a party of two and in the main dining area it can get very, very cramped as the tables are literally an inch apart from each other, which doesn't leave a lot of room. To get up from the table both you and your company have to stand up and move the table itself. But I digress. The food is fantastic and never fails. In the end I guess that is all that counts.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was attentive.

Seating was a bit crowded.

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viptravelbaker
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Lackluster service but good dumplings in convenient Soho location. Noise level of music way too loud and unfortunate song selection

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JamesW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Atmosphere is very intense. Space was so hot from the kitchen. And the receiving area / entrance is barricaded by diners waiting to be seated. The sommelier was awesome! But we were confused because he was pouring wines on all the tables like a server. The prestigious sommelier title evaporated when he did that. Food is always good.

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vipTommyM
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Great spot in SOHO - neighborhood gem. Outstanding looking food. BUT, after finally getting seated at the bar, we found out that they use a “little” MSG in their cooking. My wife is allergic to MSG and we had to leave which was very disappointing. In most restaurants that use MSG, you can tell them you don’t want it and they will leave it out of your dish. But for some reason here, they CANNOT cook without it. Bummer - the looked awesom

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FalynnN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! The service was fantastic and their Somm is very knowledgeable and super accommodating to what type of wine we wanted!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese restaurant in the city

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Terrible service, rude and unprofessional staff (manager dresses in hoodie) but great food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All great. But despite the booking, we had to wait more than 30 minutes to sit in.

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vipGina
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Energetic eatery - go with friends so you can try many dishes. Excellent drinks and food. Fair prices. Recommend the cumin ribs; I could've eaten the appetizer plate by myself. Tip: order an extra, just in case.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The bartender failed to inform us of expensive drinks that was completely ynprofessional. Definitely ask!! Good food. But beware of drink prices!

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vipTory
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Peking Duck and service. Somewhat expensive for the Duck but it has become our go to place for it in NYC

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vipalina
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing restaurant. Our waiter was very good and recommended things we were not thinking of ordering and were amazing. The bed part about the whole experience was the mean hostess. I was coming from work to meet a friend for OUR birthdays and called in advance that I was stuck in traffic and was running 15 minutes late when she told me I lost my table in the dining room and had to sit at the lounge. When I got there I had to wait 15 minutes in line just to speak to the hostess who was not nice at all and rolling her eyes at us. I was hoping to come back with my husband, but not sure I want that kind of service.

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vipAgiepoo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent. The place gets noisy though.

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vipCG88
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Nice place, good service , average food. Expensive for what it is

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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Egwong2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Best Peking duck ever. They do want to charge 25.00 to serve your bday cake that you bring in though.

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vipMichelleW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pork soup dumplings, mushroom truffle dumplings, cumin ribs, peashoot sides are my favorite dishes. The other entrees (fish, lobster noodles, dan dan mien) are just OK in comparison to how good the soup dumplings are. The entrees taste overly americanized. Service is great and restaurant decor is modern and clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to wait even w rez but worth it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. Dumplings were amazing. Everything was seasoned to perfection. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLilRedCM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal here. Highly recommend the chicken soup dumplings and snow crab glass noddles. The peking duck is our favorite to share with a group if friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Victoria was the most kind server!! The Peking duck could have used a grease blotting before carving, but still solid. No complaints.

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richhh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great restaurant all in all, but the place my wife and I sat at was quite loud (near the front of the restaurant by the window). We were trying to celebrate a special occasion, and unfortunately it did not turn out as well as planned. That said, incredible food and service.

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vipJenC
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Taiwanese food! LOVED IT!

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YingkaiZ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Peking duck, which is great. We also liked all other ordered dishes, including pork soup dumplings, cumin pork, octopus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We’ve eaten here before and liked the food, but this time the hostess was so surly that we did not stay. Sorry to have had to miss it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese food in NYC.

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vipGreg
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese food preparations I have ever seen in NY. Dumplings were exceptionally fresh and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely dinner at the bar which helps with the noise level. It’s a little pricey because you need a few dishes between two people but we were good with one appetizer, the eggplant, and the seafood fried rice. Super delicious and a really cute place with the small details. Second time here and I’m sure I’ll be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Used to love this place... But the service has gone down big time with too much attitude from manager and hostess. They think they are Le Bernadin or some other restaurant with 3 stars. Stay away! There are so many other new Chinese restaurants now offering amazing food.

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SusanN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were a table of four and had a wide sampling of Pinch's offerings. All were excellent - fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented. My only menu criticism is that there are no vegetarian offerings in either the "Classics" or "Rice & Noodles" sections of the menu. Towards the end of our meal, a couple of large parties were seated and the noise level became quite uncomfortable.

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vipGigiM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!!! One of the best pork soup dumplings I’ve had, and I’ve had many. Mapo tofu another must have for me. We dine there once a week regularly. But it’s noisy when full, so we try to go during off hours, then it’s the best experience to be had:)

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Sedde
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The peking duck was terrible. Hard to say so because we read all bunch of good articles about it. We even got sick after that. :(

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JeffP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dumplings... all of them! Wine list is amazing, well thought out and perfect for the food. Also... dumplings!!!!!!!!!

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Kitty
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I first discovered Pinch's great happy hour where I tried the Cumin Rubbed Ribs. Superb flavor! Next I had the opportunity to try Pinch for dinner and realized why Pinch is both a popular neighborhood restaurant and take-out place. I saw a lot of families ordering the Peking Duck which they carve table side. Definitely want to order that the next time I'm there. But in the meantime we enjoyed the Steak and fried rice, pork soup dumplings, Eggplant side dish which is AMAZING and the Peking Duck Ragu with noodles. You really can't go wrong with any dish. Guaranteed you'll be back for more.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pinch Chinese using the Order Online button. Pinch Chinese also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Pinch Chinese also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 328-7880.

Pinch Chinese is rated 4.7 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.