Pinch Chinese

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New York City's premier destination for Chinese comfort food, wine, and cocktails, located in SoHo.

Pinch Chinese, a 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand selection, serves traditional Chinese comfort food in the heart of SoHo. The restaurant reflects the neighborhood's vibrant feel, with a bar for your libationary needs, and a full dining room for filling up on soup dumplings and Peking duck. Charlie Chen, a former executive chef for Din Tai Fung, oversees a team of vets from some of China's finest kitchens. GM + Wine Director Miguel de Leon, an alum of Chez Panisse, Per Se, and Momofuku, has developed a thoughtful wine list of over 200 selections, following the Silk Road into Europe. And the bar team's playful cocktails feature traditional Chinese ingredients with a palette for the quintessential New Yorker. Go on, you're in good hands.

Please note, Peking duck reservations must be made directly to the restaurant. Please visit the Reservations page on our website for more information.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

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

T
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent. The place gets noisy though.

CG
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

MW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait even w rez but worth it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

LR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

JC
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Taiwanese food! LOVED IT!

YZ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese food in NYC.

R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

SN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

GM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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:)

S
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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. :(

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Don’t honor the table type reservations you make.

Also soup dumplings stick to the paper and rip open when you take them out.

RH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, was my second time. Everything is ok, but the lady at the door is a disaster. What a b*tch. We booked for 17.00, we had to wait outside, even when arriving at 16.55. (It was very hot, 32 degrees celsius). She behaved like she’s done with her job, so uninterested... And that’s harmful for the business, because everything after this gatekeeper is fantastic. Great price for value. Remy f/t Netherlands

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Came back after rating it 5 stars. Food wasn't as good, though I came for lunch on a Thursday instead of a weekend dinner this time, maybe the B-team was in the kitchen? Having brought a couple of friends along, it did not meet expectations and I felt a bit silly recommending it. It wasn't bad, but it was rather ordinary. Consistency matters. That said, good middle-tier Chinese food is hard to come by.

KH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My second visit and it's still delicious. My 15-year old and I hosted a mother/daughter duo visiting from out of town. The kids loved it too!

KH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved Pinch! We will return as a family and try the Peking Duck.

SC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Chinese meal we have ever had and had a lot of Chinese. The 3 cup chicken was the best Chinese dish I ever had. Dumplings and dan dan noodles were great as well.

OT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Xian long bags are the best

DS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and the service was great.

JB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Maitre d’ was unpleasant... she gave our table away after being 5 min late for reservation. We eventually sat down and food was excellent! Highly recommend the seafood fried rice!

MW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I go at least once a month to get my fill on their soup dumplings, mushroom dumplings, their appetizer ribs, pea shoots. I recently tried their short rib entree which was delicious.

SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would go back again... the food was sensational and so was the service

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. I never heard of the restaurant. A friend of friend recommended and it was an excellent choice. top quality. Good for vegetarians.

SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a mom and teen girls night out. We all enjoyed everything about the place. We plan to return so that we can order the Peking Duck in advance. Oh and the moms enjoyed the Captains Flight wine tasting

w
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

love the beef fried rice and the eggplant, and the soup dumplings.
plus wonderful waitress (female wait staff, "approaching adulthood")

ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant!!! Quality of food is superb, pure deliciousness. Pork soup dumplings are a must, so are the spicy wontons, and noodles.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff,helped us pick out some amazing dishes,with fast service and fun atmosphere will definitely come back.

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food but TOO LOUD!! Not sure why every restaurant has to turn the music up to levels where you can't talk to the people at your table.

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