David's Mai Lai Wah Chinese

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, Philadelphia
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  • Quynh-Mai N.
    "The ginger sauce that comes w/the fried dumplings is amazing."(7 Tips)
    Platypus J.
    "Must try salt and pepper chicken wings...change to life!"(7 Tips)
    Djaniella D.
    "I'd recommend the beef chow fun as well!"(4 Tips)
    Danny R.
    "The Salt and Pepper Squid is to die for!"(2 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2012
    David's is the late-night spot for industry folk, and offer some of Chinatown's best eats. Don't sleep on the house noodle soup or the salt and pepper chicken wings. [Eater 38 Member]
  • @LaurenceTom
    @LaurenceTomDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The classic after hours spot in Chinatown especially after a show at the Troc. The rice and noodle dishes on the menu are also old Chinatown classics. See if you can spot QuestLove ;)
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 10, 2014
    The servers can be rude, but the food makes up for that. They make the best dumplings. Order the fried and steamed for the full experience. Both are 6 for $6.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KimAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best: salt&pepper wings/squid, beef chow fun w/choy sum&gravy, fried/steamed dumplings w/GINGER SAUCE, any dish over rice, pork casserole, hot&sour soup, wonton noodle soup, clam w/blk bean,HOT SAUCE!
  • Isaiah Melvin F.
    Isaiah Melvin FabianDecember 10, 2010
    and of course fried dumplings for appetizer Salty fish fried rice w/ chicken, Striped Sea Bass w/ Black Bean Sauce, Sizzling Spare Ribs, General Tso's Chicken, Salt and Pepper Fried Squid im droolin a
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.July 14, 2015
    I've tried all the salt and pepper dishes and the squid and shrimp triumphs! Delicious! I'd recommend the beef chow fun as well!
  • Kirsten M.
    Kirsten MoyDecember 15, 2012
    The ginger dumpling sauce is so good! I crave these dumplings year-round. I've watched them get put together- incredible dexterity and speed!
  • Johnson v.
    Johnson von WongJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Salt and pepper seafood, hong kong style wonton and chicken chow fun (dry style) is a must!
  • Vicki P.
    Vicki ParaskeviNovember 1, 2012
    I don't know what you're all smoking, but you need to give me some.. This place is a dump! From the godawful 1972 yellowed wallpaper to the hostess-station sized bar. It attracts the weirdest people.
  • Theresa J.
    Theresa JoniecAugust 20, 2010
    If ever there was a place to stop while in Chinatown, this is it. Dont take offense to the sometimes rude waiter. He does love you, but doesnt love his job all the time. Great food good price.
  • Victor P.
    Victor PomalesApril 24, 2015
    Walnut shrimp with cream sauce & Mongolian beef are my favorites
  • Victor P.
    Victor PomalesApril 24, 2015
    Love everything, the service isn't great but the food is super worth it
  • Moon Reflects S.
    Sautéed spinach, chicken and broccoli, spring rolls and the hot tea all were delicious
  • Josh K.
    Josh KinneyJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    the sweet and sour sauce is literally crack cocaine. You will leave this place overdosed on MSG resulting in hallucinations of dragons. Beware of Darth Waiter
  • Teenie G.
    Teenie GumpperSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get what you like. Everything is good here. From the spring rolls, to the soup, to the chicken with broccoli.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGinnisMarch 26, 2011
    Salt-and-pepper wings/shrimp/squid is the way to go. Also, the fried dumplings with ginger sauce are very good.
  • trishylicious g.
    trishylicious gJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want soup, ask for the noodles menu. It has a lot more soup options than the regular menu. All the dumpling soups are good. They stay open pretty late on weekends too!
  • kira c.
    kira corbinJuly 17, 2016
    The steamed pork dumplings are excellent. Extra fresh wontons and tender, not overworked pork filling with minced ginger sauce. Other food was fairly mediocre.
  • cupkeyk
    cupkeykDecember 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried or steamed dumplings. Garlic crabs. Crispy beef noodles. Late night food.
  • Dong-Hyuk K.
    Dong-Hyuk KimFebruary 11, 2015
    Amazing duck and salted chicken. Kind staffs and seasonal food 'Hongchoi'
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 12, 2011
    This place should have a warning posted on the door: "Pork dumplings may spark serious addiction." That, and the fact that they stay open till 3 a.m.! Read more
  • Concierge
    ConciergeNovember 24, 2011
    Just getting takeout? They have another entrance on 10th closer to Spring St. Get some Peking duck with rice! Nom nom. Nom
  • DK D.
    DK DavisNovember 1, 2011
    Overall good "standard" Chinese restaurant. Steamed or fried dumplings w/ginger sauce (they serve it on the side).
  • Merv J.
    Merv JersakJuly 29, 2013
    Get the won ton soup. Huge dumplings and generous helping.
  • Quynh-Mai N.
    Quynh-Mai NguyenNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The ginger sauce that comes w/the fried dumplings is amazing.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DunawayMarch 8, 2016
    Love the fried dumplings and the salt & pepper shrimp.
  • Platypus J.
    Platypus JJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Must try salt and pepper chicken wings...change to life!
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdFebruary 28, 2015
    Love the salt and pepper wings. Avoid the hot and sour soup.
  • Eric
    EricSeptember 5, 2013
    If you like being ignored, this is the place for you. The customer service has gotten worse and worse by Day. You WILL wait 1/2 an hour to an hour for your dish. No one to greet you in the front.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DelligattiJuly 28, 2013
    Best spot for late night Chinese hands down.
  • Nanoo T.
    Nanoo TippavongseMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I usually like this place BUT BE LOCK THE DOOR AND WON'T LET ANYONE IN. At 2am so messed up. I am sad.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LippiAugust 1, 2012
    The walnut shrimp is like candy. Not on the menu.
  • Al D.
    Al DuqueSeptember 30, 2016
    Try the fried noodle dishes, they're great!!
  • .Alex
    .AlexFebruary 13, 2015
    place gets crazy after 2am...it's the dank though
  • Lindsey E.
    Lindsey Epps-TuckerSeptember 17, 2013
    The salt & pepper chicken & shrimp is to die for
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jennifer Carroll, chef of Concrete Blonde (coming soon), eats here on her nights off. She loves the Steamed & fried dumplings. Read more
  • Erica
    EricaJuly 15, 2012
    really bad service when we went on a Sunday night. they were really busy and people kept leaving. waited 30 minutes to order & had food thrown at us. didn't think the food was anything special really
  • Kim B.
    Kim B.March 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Always look for the thinner lainated menu...the menu there is cheaper. And please stay away from the "Darth Waiter."
  • Oriel A.
    Oriel AverionDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    ROAST DUCK ROAST PORK WONTON NOODLE SOUP
  • Marc D.
    Duck with bkl bean sause And salt and pepper chicken
  • John
    JohnJune 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pan fried dumplings and seafood beancurd soup.... must have for starters!
  • Leah T.
    Shrimp rolls, soup, fried rice
  • Natalie
    NatalieJuly 19, 2010
    salt and pepper squid blows any italian restaurants fried calamari away....by far!
  • MARY R.
    MARY REYNOLDSFebruary 20, 2012
    Very American friendly...for those intimidated.
  • Bobby
    BobbyMarch 4, 2012
    The house special soup is great
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NghiemAugust 18, 2011
    Salt and Pepper Chicken is a must when ordering.
  • Monique G.
    Monique GrossJune 14, 2016
    Better get in where you fit in.
  • David R.
    David RosenbloomNovember 23, 2014
    Dumplings dumplings dumplings
  • Jason T.
    Jason TraviesoFebruary 29, 2012
    The mustard >>> i wasnt ready !! Put that on everything !!
  • Michelle
    MichelleJanuary 7, 2012
    Best lemon chicken I've ever had!
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerJune 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Salt & pepper chicken wings. Enough said.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KongOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Beef chow fun is legit Cantonese.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GearyMay 5, 2013
    Try the shrimp and broccoli.
  • Alex Y.
    Alex YamamotoSeptember 15, 2014
    Definitely not a "quick bite" Chinese place, so expect to wait for your food.
  • Kern H.
    Kern HFebruary 11, 2012
    Salt and pepper chicken is BUMPIN like curling irons
  • Alex H.
    Alex HOctober 9, 2013
    Snails in lemon sauce 👍
  • Toshihiko K.
    Toshihiko KidaJanuary 18, 2010
    Steamed dumplings is great! Try with Ginger dip.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BloreNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There are 8 people here. One waiter is just standing there. Only the gods know why I'm not being served.
  • Amy C.
    The noodles were pretty good drunk.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SalasOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always hits the spot and open late
  • sean m.
    sean manzanoApril 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Four words: roast duck oyer rice (sic, per menu)
  • KK
    KKDecember 24, 2012
    Animal cruelty with the aquatic animals in the tank...it's disgusting
  • Bari G.
    Bari GreenidgeSeptember 7, 2011
    Definitely order off laminated menu...
  • Jen T.
    Jen TophamFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pineapple chicken is amazing.
  • Daniel
    DanielMay 11, 2011
    Wonton mein and beef chow fun.
  • DJ I.
    DJ IngramJanuary 20
    Salt and pepper anything
  • Danny R.
    Danny RonsayroDecember 26, 2009
    The Salt and Pepper Squid is to die for!
  • G
    GMay 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Use the hot sauce on everything!
  • Troy B.
    Troy BugarinFebruary 17, 2013
    Great food but some of the waiters are rude.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KinneyOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the free tea!
  • David K.
    David King SrApril 13, 2014
    Late night hunger this is your place
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.September 9, 2010
    Kind of like the Wo Hop of Philly Chinatown... Except not nearly as good...
  • Diligent
    DiligentFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    in a jam? need beer? package goods at David's to the rescue.
  • Angela G.
    Angela GalzeranoMarch 5, 2013
    Customers are too white
  • Benny K.
    Benny K.December 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy good food!
  • Sergio L.
    Sergio Lavilla-AlonsoMarch 12, 2016
    Slow and rude personnel. Mediocre food. Not worth a visit
  • Frank P.
    Frank PangAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow this place looks different in daylight!
  • Cory T.
    Cory TownesApril 24, 2011
    I found a baby roach in my food last night. Never again.
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