Yunnan BBQ

Yunnan BBQ

(Now Closed)
Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Ina L.
    Ina LiDecember 12, 2015
    Best modern Chinese food in New York. Dishes are cooked in traditional ways but all with an American twist. Must try: chicken wings, pork ribs, duck breast and their cocktails (Azelea and Yunnan gold)
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJuly 10, 2012
    Everything we ate here was totally delicious. Potato balls are like fried heaven, and the spicy pork was great and not crazy spicy. Wine by the glass is on tap, which is eco-friendly and always fresh.
  • Celena C.
    Celena ChanAugust 16, 2015
    Ordered 3 small plates and 1 main for 2. More than enough food, the shrimp app and mushrooms were great. I loved how the goat mapo tofu had chunks of meat-- a nice surprise and hearty dish!
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessMarch 26, 2014
    The addictive Sichuan wings are lip numbingly spicy with a nice touch of chili sweetness. Make sure you save some mushroom rice cakes to cool your mouth down (and about a gallon of water)
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 30, 2013
    "A room full of owner Erika Chou’s overseas market finds set the stage for shared plates of celery and gingko; crisped shrimp with fried lime leaves; and charred eggplant with peanuts and chilies."
  • Cover
    CoverDecember 8, 2013
    Chinese small plates, come with a group and order everything. Chinese greens, rice cakes, lamb meatballs, & crispy whole prawns (you can eat the shell!). Pay with Cover and skip waiting for the check.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 16, 2012
    Looking for bite-size deftly meats? You've come to the right place. Try the lamb meatball skewers and the dried beef salad with chilies for the most unique chinese dining experience. Read more
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJune 4, 2013
    Start with stir-fried mushrooms at this brick-walled Chinese restaurant that imbues local produce with Yunnanese flavors. Other highlights: sausage fried rice, shredded chicken with taro.
  • Erin
    ErinJuly 10, 2012
    Mushroom rice cakes were not what we the best way possible. Try the tofu ribbon salad - super light. Wash down all of the spice with some draft wine (we had the syrah rose).
  • Shana C.
    Shana CarpAugust 16, 2012
    The tofu skin noodles are crazy yummy and unlike any other Asian fish I've had. On the other hand, the crispy skin chicken, while delicious, was so spicy that I lost feeling in my mouth.
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WolffSeptember 11, 2012
    Worlds removed from what we've gotten to acquaint with "Chinese for dinner", Yunnan Kitchen serves up a delicious menu of tasty, healthy and herby food from Asia. Budget: $20 max.
  • AW G.
    AW GFebruary 14, 2014
    really nice atmosphere and great cocktail selection. tapas style. definitely recommend the prawns, lamb meatballs, and mushroom dish. the charred eggplant was too cold and wet.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WahlinDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I've tried just about everything on the menu at this point. Favorites include: tofu ribbon salad and the mushroom rice cakes. Don't forget to pay with Cover.
  • Umi Hashitsume F.
    Umi Hashitsume FrancisSeptember 7, 2012
    Cold noodles and delicious and large - great for sharing! Rice cakes are generous, as well. Spicy pork skewers and delicious, along with the head on shrimp! Loved everything.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 14, 2012
    As China’s southernmost province, Yunnan cuisine draws influence from nearby Thailand & Vietnam. Chef Travis Post (late of Franny's) turns out the bright flavors of traditional Yunnan cuisine. Read more
  • Cameron A.
    Cameron AckroydJune 19, 2012
    The lamb meatballs--everyone says to get them. Everyone is correct. They're unreal good and the best value in the city. Also, the potato balls. Get those too. So tasty.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluJuly 11, 2015
    If you think you know Chinese cuisine, think again. Get the lamb shao kao, the fried rice, and the Pomelo salad. Get bunch of plates and share among friends.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListMay 12, 2012
    Look out for: Shared plates of celery, sweet lily bulbs, and gingko; crisped shrimp with fried lime leaves; and rice cakes tossed with ham, scallions, and tomatoes by chef Travis Post. Read more
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CheungNovember 3, 2012
    Some of the best and unique Chinese food I've tasted in NYC (and good Chinese food is rare). I recommend most things but I'd stay away from the grilled skewers.
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FryMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is amazing. Everything is good. It's about two plates per person and I recommend sharing. The cold noodles were a standout dish for me.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 10, 2014
    Village Voice is proud to welcome Yunnan Kitchen to the 2014 Choice Eats food fest! Inspired by cuisine from China's Yunnan Providence, they give a new meaning to Chinese food.
  • Janelle J.
    Janelle J.March 15, 2013
    Food is pretty salty, but yummy. The chrysanthemum salad is great. Lamb meatballs are amazing. I'd skip the fried pork belly though, it's good, but nothing surprising and unusual.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealyMay 11, 2014
    It's mostly small plates, so make sure to come with a bunch of people so you can try everything. Because everything is amazing.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Delicious, subtle and often surprising food of North Weat China, great ingredients and simple, spot-on cooking. Several healthy, vegetarian choices.
  • Kaitlin Y.
    Kaitlin YapchaianMay 26, 2012
    With six or more, for ordering efficiency, work backwards by choosing the few things as a group that you *don't* want. Potato balls are my favorite.
  • Rameycakes
    RameycakesMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ham rice cakes are not your mama's rice cake. Savory, saucy goodness. Tofu ribbon salad is a ribbon winner in my book. Crisp, fresh, yet spicy.
  • Chris
    ChrisDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The ham rice cakes are great. Check out the wings (with Sichuan peppercorns) and a Tsingtao. Don't forget to pay with Cover!
  • Cheap Best Hidden
    Cheap Best HiddenDecember 14, 2015
    If you're the kind of person that likes soy in their cocktails, Yunnan has dope street-inspired food, and a holiday cocktail called the Smooth Operator. Read more
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GrazianoSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My go-to designer Chinese place in the neighborhood. Can't go wrong with the goat mapo tofu and the duck fried rice.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanNovember 9, 2013
    Hit or miss. The lamb meatballs are amazing and packed with flavour. Chicken wings are great and spicy as hell. But both orders of our fried rice were too hard. And the pork belly was too salty.
  • Gina L.
    Gina LimonDecember 1, 2014
    I wanted to love this place. Enjoyed all the dishes, but wish their were heartier items on the menu. I didn't feel fully satisfied when I left!
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuMay 9, 2015
    The braised pork fried rice is the best fried rice I've had in the city, only wish it came in larger portions!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 18, 2013
    Yunnan Chinese cooking with modern sensibilities. Mostly shareable small plates with light, bright flavors.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinJuly 15, 2012
    If you like lamb, you'll love the lamb meatballs. If you don't like lamb, you'll still love the lamb meatballs.
  • Amber M.
    Amber MarlowJanuary 29, 2013
    We were two people and got two orders of rice cakes. This proved robe excessive. The mushroom rice cakes are the best.
  • Brandon Y.
    Brandon YnayanMarch 8, 2014
    Most innovative Chinese food I've had for a while. Must try: Lamb meatballs and the Chinese sausage fried rice.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMay 27, 2015
    Similar to Mission Chinese but not as crowded. Try the goat mapo tofu with rice.
  • Monisha
    MonishaOctober 7, 2013
    Lamb meatballs are to die for! Packed with flavor and juicy. I'd also recommend the Papaya salad.
  • The New Yorker M.
    The New Yorker ManagerSeptember 6, 2012
    "'s hard not to fall for the playful innovation of the menu, derived loosely from a food tour the owner and chef took through China" -Hannah Goldfield from the 9/10/12 issue:
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 9, 2016
    The meats here are tender and aggressively seasoned (in a good way). Good veggie apps. I didn't like the chicken wings: smoky and too much meat per skin.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BJuly 7, 2013
    Absolutely delicious, even for a vegetarian. Great flavors, atmosphere, service, and prices.
  • Emily
    EmilyAugust 30, 2012
    Come here hungry and ready to share. The lamb meatballs, shredded chicken and woodear mushrooms are TDF.
  • Christina X.
    Christina XuApril 4, 2013
    I'm going to buck the trend and say that the crispy chicken is WAY better than the lamb meatballs.
  • Emily T.
    Emily TaingJanuary 20, 2013
    Best papaya salad I've ever had... excluding my mom's. lamb meatballs and potato balls FTW.
  • DishEnvy
    DishEnvyOctober 2, 2012
    The shredded chicken with taro is unlike anything we've had before and is a definite must try.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SanchezSeptember 27, 2014
    Great ambience, awesome food (meatballs were so juicy), hipster. Strongly recommend.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonMay 6, 2012
    You need the Fried Potato Balls, they are incredibly light and the sauce works perfectly
  • Zach M.
    Zach MackJuly 10, 2012
    Mint salad, $8, plus marinated-tofu skewers, $5, plus ham rice cakes, $10."
  • David F.
    David FactorJune 12, 2013
    Cold noodles, ham rice cakes, tomato app, fried potato balls = awesome
  • Stylesight
    StylesightSeptember 4, 2012
    Delicious small plates of Asian food off the beaten path in the hip Lower East Side.
  • Megan G.
    Megan GemJune 11, 2012
    Get the scallion fried rice and lemongrass chicken! You'll never look at Chinese takeout the same after this!
  • DKNL
    DKNLDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best new Chinese restaurant in NYC! Much better than Mission Chinese down the street.
  • Apurva L.
    Apurva LimayeMarch 30, 2015
    Refreshing menu! The rice cakes and shredded chicken had so much flavor.
  • In NYC
    In NYCAugust 24, 2014
    Everything we had was amazing. Would go back anytime!
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaJanuary 9, 2014
    You must get the crispy prawns! Impeccable!
  • Dom G.
    Dom GoodrumNovember 21, 2012
    Green Papaya salad and spicy chicken rice. Tonight is my second meal here, third coming soon. Delicious.
  • Dom G.
    Dom GoodrumSeptember 27, 2012
    Lamb meatballs, tofu ribbon salad and Chinese sausage rice. And repeat.
  • Celena C.
    Celena ChanAugust 16, 2015
    Remember to order rice if you get the mapo tofu! It's very saucy.
  • Jee Hae L.
    Jee Hae LeeDecember 20, 2015
    the smooth operator cocktail was different but most importantly delicious
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Cumin beef stir fry & ma la fried chicken have great seasoning
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteSeptember 5, 2012
    LAMB. MEATBALLS. and the chinese greens. and mushroom rice cakes.
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimJuly 9, 2012
    Lots of hype that this place is awesome. Nothing on the menu is over $13.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 25, 2012
    Try the fried head-on shrimp. They crackle boldly with the spark of both lime juice and wild-lime leaves: Read more
  • Shane A.
    Shane AntonyAugust 17, 2013
    Not a huge fan of the potato balls. Definitely needs more flavor. Tofu salad was surprisingly good, though.
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.July 1, 2012
    Tofu Ribbon Salad, Lemongrass Chicken, Ham Rice Cakes.
  • Rameycakes
    RameycakesMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ham rice cake is not yo' mama's rice cake--savory, saucy goodness!
  • David H.
    David HuMay 21, 2013
    Get the fried potato balls. Hell, get two orders.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuOctober 14, 2013
    Balls! Of potato & lamb. Noodles! Cold, pork. Eggplant! Charred.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Very good but not amazing!
  • JnrlStr
    JnrlStrMay 28, 2012
    mmm. totally new with a great vibe. Can't wait for the liquor license!
  • Randall S.
    Randall StemplerNovember 1, 2014
    Great goat and fried chicken. Really spicy
  • David T.
    David TaylorMay 15, 2012
    Make sure you say "tap" water when they ask I you want "sparkling" or" still" -- both are $5 bottles.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniDecember 1, 2014
    The chicken wings, salads, and lamb meatballs
  • Andy ⚓.
    Andy ⚓October 21, 2013
    DONT GO HERE if you have a gluten allergy. Even tho they have a gluten free menu, they cross contaminate food. They asked if gluten free was an "allergy or a preference" - wtf is the difference to you
  • Mara L.
    Mara LecocqOctober 25, 2014
    Food was great and vibe was cool.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoFebruary 22, 2015
    Tea leaf smoked chicken was one of the best things I've ever eaten
  • Mark T.
    Mark TannoJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get all the mushroom dishes. They are super delicious.
  • Alison L.
    Alison LyttonJune 16, 2012
    The potato balls are pretty authentic and pretty delicious
  • Seine K.
    Seine KimAugust 28, 2012
    I still dream about the rice cakes with ham
  • Kalpana G.
    Kalpana GMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprise hit: tofu salad and mushrooms with fermented chilis
  • Sebastien P.
    Sebastien POctober 24, 2013
    Loved the roasted baby carrots cold salad.
  • Tim d.
    Tim de GierSeptember 23, 2012
    Chinese tapas. Nice food on the edge of Manhattan.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HoefenerMay 14, 2012
    cold chicken salad with taro root.... seriously best thing there
  • Wdychen N.
    Wdychen NYCSeptember 1, 2012
    The tofu salad is amazing.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JaccarinoJanuary 12, 2014
    Spicy fish filet is amazing
  • Muskan
    MuskanApril 11, 2015
    Absolute winner was the goat
  • Kaufman N.
    Kaufman NgOctober 7, 2012
    The best lamb meatballs ever
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchildtFebruary 26, 2013
    It's true what they say- chrysanthemum all the way.
  • Astru M.
    Astru MirkinNovember 15, 2015
    The duck is amazing
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa Basu GordonSeptember 20, 2012
    Duck Roll, yes!
  • Rameycakes
    RameycakesMay 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb meatballs. You want them.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GreenwoodOctober 26, 2015
    SHAO KAO SHANGRI LA was mind blowing.
  • Maneesh N.
    Maneesh NApril 14, 2013
    $4 Tsingtao bottles? Thank you sir, may I have another...
  • Caroline
    CarolineMarch 12, 2016
    Fresh local ingredients
  • Sonny K.
    Sonny KwokDecember 28, 2015
    came highly recommended, result: meh
  • Pete L.
    Pete LevinOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Jesus I could live in this bathroom! #classydump
  • Ilia P.
    Ilia PAugust 18, 2012
    Pork belly. Holy shit
  • Fanyi P.
    Fanyi PanJune 20, 2016
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MarikarSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fuck Mission Chinese. Go here.
  • Zhenshuo F.
    Zhenshuo FangAugust 2, 2015
    So so food, overpriced
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