Finding good Chinese food in Chinatown always seems to be a problem, but my pal Ken Tanaka recently directed me to a pretty reliable joint. New Dragon on Hill has all the usual basic Chinese dishes, but they are done pretty well. Won ton soup with beef brisket has a rich beef broth and nicely chewy noodles. Eggplant with garlic sauce is a traditional dish done well, with nicely textured, not too mushy eggplant. Even the orange chicken was pretty good, less cloyingly sweet than the usual version. And after you enjoy your Chinese food, you can head across the street to LeBasse Gallery to see Ken's latest art show and buy a copy of his excellent children's book for adults Everybody Dies.
934 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012