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Apollo Chinese Restaurant

407 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Once called Hong Kong and then Peace Restaurant, Apollo is one of those eateries renamed largely for preferable GrubHub or Yellow Pages placement. They offer freshly prepared food delivered, carried out, or eaten at their no-frills tables, but the bulk of Apollo's business is from their steam table of prepared dishes. It's all pretty good, though sometimes isn't quite hot. The spicy steamed fish really is.

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Capital Corner Restaurant

118 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-7350

This new establishment where Asiatic Garden lived for decades has a lot to live up to, and is off to a very good start. We were impressed that our egg rolls came out of the kitchen almost as soon as we’d ordered them, hot and fresh. The steamed dumplings appetizer didn’t arrive in quite as timely a fashion, coming after the first of two entrees. Our beef satay, with chunks of fresh tomato, was a pleasant surprise, and the sesame chicken (a Chinese restaurant staple) was good. They have affordable combo dinners and lunch specials, and deliver free with an order of $8 or more.

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Hai Hong Chinese Restaurant

208 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-1668

A top-notch Chinese restaurant in Collegetown, this eatery moved up the hill from Ithaca's west end about five years ago. It's easy enough to stick to typical Chinese fare at Hai Hong, like sesame chicken or shrimp lo mein, and Hai Hong does them well, but it's worth stretching out and trying some new things. I'm a big fan of the roast duck appetizer, or when it's cold out share one of the soups... like the salted egg with mustard greens and sliced pork. Save room for the fried ice cream. 

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Jade Garden

113 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-8880

Jade Garden offers a small but well-stocked Chinese lunch and dinner buffet right off the Commons, plus tasty food prepared to order for dining in or carry-out service. They also deliver, with online ordering via GrubHub. The restaurant is clean and casual, and while they don’t compare to the sheer variety at the larger buffets in town, they don’t seem to have to.

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Ling Ling

222 Elmira Road
Ithaca Shopping Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-0718

Ling Ling, a pair of carry-out or eat-in Chinese restaurants, offers quick and inexpensive and tasty Chinese food. They offer a surprising variety of Szechuan, Hunan, and Cantonese cooking a la carte, with several options available as combo dinners ($7-8 or so for entree plus fried rice and egg roll), and a couple dozen lunch special possibilities, where $5 or so gets you an entree with fried rice, plus soup or an egg roll. The expanded East Hill location offers bottles of beer and fancier seating.

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Ling Ling Garden

East Hill Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-1668

Ling Ling, a pair of carry-out or eat-in Chinese restaurants, offers quick and inexpensive and tasty Chinese food. They offer a surprising variety of Szechuan, Hunan, and Cantonese cooking a la carte, with several options available as combo dinners ($7-8 or so for entree plus fried rice and egg roll), and a couple dozen lunch special possibilities, where $5 or so gets you an entree with fried rice, plus soup or an egg roll. The expanded East Hill location offers bottles of beer and fancier seating.

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Main Moon Buffet

401 Elmira Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-3399

Ithaca’s original "Chinese Buffet," Main Moon has expanded in response to the arrival of competing buffets in town. They’ve added sushi and a more complete salad bar, in addition to the wide array of Chinese food and such kid-friendly offerings as chicken wings and french fries. There are always vegetarian dishes on the buffet.

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335 Elmira Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-7017

This new eatery in Ithaca's southwest, offering both Chinese and Japanese dishes, is in the former home of C.T. Bento and Smart Monkey Cafe. We hear they have good Szechuan food and a limited sushi selection.

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Wok Village

23 Cinema Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-8881

Closed so the family could open Saigon Kitchen. This attractive and casual Chinese restaurant offers lunchtime dim sum on the weekends, a plentiful and ever-changing weekday lunch buffet, and nice dinners consisting of traditional Cantonese, Hunan, and Szechuan Chinese dishes, plus an array of Vietnamese specialties. An $11 "chef's special" lets you turn nearly any entree into a meal with soup, egg roll, and ice cream, and discounted lunch and dinner combos are available.

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