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Pearls Chinese Restaurant

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796 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-5742
+1 212-749-0300
Today
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Upstate NY
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food. Nice staff. Tough parking unkess you know area. Chinese food downtown china town is the place to be.

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Thank Ken O
New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the years, I have had dinner at this Upper Westside Restaurant about a dozen times....it had been a while since my last visit but decided to go again. This time my dinner was very tasty, the service was quick and I enjoyed the complimentary white wine which is their "signature." I will return.

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Thank Trup
New York City, New York
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44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I've ordered from Pearl's a few times, but never eaten on site before. A friend suggested lunch there, and while the food was typical, the price was anything but. We had soup, choice of rice and entrée, and the bill was fifteen bucks. For both of us! There are plenty of inexpensive lunches in the neighborhood but I think this... More 

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Thank Manhattan T
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

Very nice Chinese food,well seasoned and made with fresh ingredients served quickly,piping hot and courteously. I tried the noodles,fish and beef creations and often took out food for friends or family. Lets face it,Upper West Side is not known for 5 stars Chinese food nor it is Chinatown either but some Amsterdam Ave. eateries are better than the Broadway ones.

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Thank louis phillippe d
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

I came here today for Vday dinner bc my husband chose the restaurant. I expected the worst when I went through reviews while waiting for my food to arrive. I'd say... Glad I came here!!! We were seated on the side which was a bit cramped because there was a baby seat behind me. Squishy. The waitress was very attentive... More 

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Thank Ikinkijnni
New York, NY
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

I reviewed this neighborhood Chinese restaurant in October and labeled the review "consistently decent, nothing to write home about." I went again with two friends visiting NY -- this time for lunch. The waiter was churlish, chiding my friend for sitting at a table other than the one he had suggested; I arrived just as he was giving her a... More 

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Thank Trup
New York, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014

I go to Pearls in my Upper Westside neighborhood about every six months or so. It's "signature" is a free carafe of wine with your meal --- not great wine but the gesture is appreciated. The other evening I ordered their beef and vegetables in brown sauce --- nothing outstanding but certainly a decent meal (I wouldn't have minded a... More 

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Widecombe in the Moor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

I visit this place with friends every time income to New York. It's really a place just for locals because it's definitely off the beaten track for tourists. It's pretty much standard stuff and oddly I always seem to enjoy the starters more than the mail course. Last night I had the fried pork dumplings at $5.95 and my friends... More 

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Thank Stew T
Hanover, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Pearls bills itself as Hunan and Szechuan, which I associate with strong/hot flavours. We ordered delivery and the food was fresh, abundant, but bland beyond bland. A Five Chinese Flavors eggplant, had hardly one flavor..... The Hot and Sour soup, again, nor sour nor hot. So a very average meal. Delivery was super efficient and courteous. Average seems the best... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

The food is really good, and delivery is really fast. The problem with Pearls is the inconsistency of portion size. Sometimes there are 6 prawns in my dinner, sometimes there are 3. For $13.95, that's a pretty expensive dish. We used to order from Pearls at least once a week, but then they started shorting us on ingredients. When I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:30
Monday
11:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 796 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-5742
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-749-0300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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