Charlie Mom

Fans of Chinese “can’t get enough of the steamed veggie dumplings” even if they do resemble something close to “tiny green whale turds.” Still, with a waiter that memorizes your order “with the efficiency of a nuclear physicist” and cold noodles that taste like they “were soaked in peanut butter since the Tsangstze dynasty,” this “quaint,” “quiet,” and “very inexpensive” East Side Chinese haunt is “the perfect place for a Jew looking for some shelter on Christmas Eve.” [JK]

1580 York Ave. (at 83rd St.)