The Briefly for Christmas, 2018 – The "Chinese Food and Movies" Edition

Government offices, schools, courts, and the DMV are closed today. There's no mail delivery no alternate side parking, no meters, no garbage or recycling pickup, the libraries are closed, and the Staten Island Ferry's only running every 30 minutes from 7am to midnight. the subways and buses are a mess. Merry Christmas.

What's the best Chinese food in NYC? Let's take a look at the lists.

Time Out's 26 best Chinese restaurants list is numbered, featuring Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Grand Sichuan in the first and second spots.

Eater's 26 terrific NYC Chinese restaurants isn't ranked, but 108 Food- Dried Hot Pot and Grain House are the highest rated of what's on the list.

Serious Eats' where to eat Chinese food in New York City is broken out into sit-down restaurants, dumplings, noodles, dim sum, hot pot, and snacks, sweets and drinks.

Grub Street declared the absolute best Chinese restaurants in New York with Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen and Mission Chinese topping the list.

Thrillist doesn't list the top, but breaks out the best Chinese restaurants in 32 different neighborhoods.

Vogue has ten suggestions on where to eat right now, which was back in January.

Zagat has something to say on the topic, of course, listing their best Chinese restaurants, with Decoy and Pacificana topping their list.

What goes together like Chinese restaurants and Christmas? New York City and Christmas movies. Let's take a look at some of the city's iconic locations from Christmas movies.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York taught us the height of luxury is The Plaza, a limo, and our very own cheese pizza.

Elf showed us on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel is seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, and the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops.

When Harry Met Sally made one specific table at Katz' Deli famous.

Your own personal hell might be a sewer grate under Trump Tower, if Scrooged is to be believed.

No list of movies is complete without Nicolas Cage. Yes, here are the filming locations for that INSTANT classic, The Family Man.

Want to avoid a takeover by Vigo the Carpathian? As Ghostbusters 2 showed us, drop that negativity attitude and sing hand in hand with your fellow New Yorker. Yes, it was technically New Year's Eve, but this is our list.

It would a crime to leave Miracle on 34th St off the list.

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