(This venue is closed.) If you have a taste for it, you may as well get a good version of American Chinese.
This pan-Asian restaurant is the progeny of Ching's Table, which is well-regarded in New Canaan, Connecticut, but whose flavors are outshouted by many of New York's regional Chinese joints. In one important way, that's to Water Moon's credit: the sesame chicken and General Tso's chicken (above and below; lunch special, $6.50 each) don't come slathered in sweet sauce, and the sesame noodles ($5), the least Americanized of the bunch, aren't mired in peanut butter.
467 Columbus Ave. (82nd-83rd Sts.)