Boston's 3 favorite spots to find budget-friendly Chinese eats

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe | Photo: Steven W./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 08, 2020.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Chinese fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Chinese restaurants around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.

1. Dolphin Bay

photo: kevin y./yelp

Topping the list is Dolphin Bay. Located at 72 Brighton Ave. (between Chester and Reedsdale streets) in Allston, the Taiwanese spot, which offers bubble tea and more, is the highest-rated cheap Chinese restaurant in Boston, boasting 4.5 stars out of 476 reviews on Yelp. 

Yelper William G., who reviewed Dolphin Bay on June 1, wrote, "I came to Dolphin Bay for a quick bite and was not disappointed. I ordered this veggie and pork noodle soup dish and was very homey and delicious."

Yelper Mishy K. wrote, "I love the family feel of the place and the decor is so neat. The food is super simple and so delicious."

2. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

Photo: stephanie c./Yelp

Next up is Downtown Crossing's Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, situated at 86 Bedford St. (between Kingston and Chauncy streets). With four stars out of 381 reviews on Yelp, the Chinese spot, which offers noodles and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option. 

Yelper Sophia S., who reviewed Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe on March 21, wrote, "So yummy. This hole-in-the-wall cozy establishment is a gem. We ordered the lamb skewers, hand-pulled noodles, and house noodle soup. Everything was delicious."

Yelper Huy-Alex N. wrote, "Gene's Flatbread is a little hole in the wall a short walk away from Downtown Crossing. It's a small restaurant with few tables and a small selection. The menu isn't expansive but we got the cumin lamb hand-pulled noodles, the hot and sour wonton soup, the pork flatbread and the house noodle soup."

3. Hong Kong 888 Cafe

Photo: alicia y./Yelp

Roslindale's Hong Kong 888 Cafe, located at 888 South St. (between Robert and Fletcher streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable Chinese spot four stars out of 119 reviews. 

Yelper Lisa B., who reviewed Hong Kong 888 Cafe on April 23, wrote "Very respectful of social distancing with a nice set up to get your food so that no close contact. Had full view of clean kitchen through the window. Food was delicious. Kung pao chicken was medium spicy and very tasty."

And Courtney L. wrote, "Phenomenal Chinese food top to bottom. I dream about it. Delicious. Delivered hot. Lots of options and staples."

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