DC’s Chinatown isn’t much of a Chinatown – while the city requires buildings to have Chinese characters on their signs, only about 2 blocks of the area actually have Chinese businesses — most of the rest are big national chains like Hooters and Fuddruckers.
However, there are some good actual Chinese places. One of my favorites of those is Chinatown Express, probably better known as “the noodle place” for their window facing the street where staff make and hang handmade noodles. I’m a fan of the big noodle bowls with veggies and meat, as well as the dumplings and the pork buns.
The food may or may not be authentic (who’s to say?), but those three dishes are fresh (especially the noodles,) tasty, and very inexpensive – $ 6.95 for a noodle bowl at dinner time, and even less at lunch. I’ve mostly stuck to those three on the menu, plus a pot of tea, and you may want extra napkins for the noodle bowl. It’s a great way to get warm on a chilly DC day.
It’s a small spot so it’s nice and cozy inside too, and there’s also a few tables on the sidewalk so you can eat outside and watch passersby.