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Big Wong King
Posted by notzagat on 01/02/2006
Big Wong was one of the early soup/congee parlors that still maintains quality. The prices are terrific, quantities huge and taste excellent. Standards such as beef chow fun or Singapore rice noodle are done here as well as anywhere. If you're squeamish about cleanliness or sharing tables, then avoid Chinatown. Takeouts were quick too. Yes, their roast pork is superb.
Posted by ken on 12/27/2005
This is basically among the last places in chinatown that serve authentic food. You see too many people here on MenuPages raving about places serving authentic food when they don't but trust me when i say this is as authentic as you'll get. A large majority of these dishes, you wont find in most restaurants because they cater more to the tourists and caucasian people while big wong caters more to the asian community - you wont find any of your normal take out dishes here! The portions are big, the prices are as low as you'll get, the good is great, and the service is fast. The only down side is that it's set up very close so you're always sitting next to strangers.
Posted by cartman on 12/05/2005
Big Wong has the best Congee ever! Their roast pork and duck is also to die for. Really addictive menu selection. I'll never have to eat anywhere else in Chinatown.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2005
They are famous for their roast pork and duck. We went there nearly every day last time we were in NYC....addicted. I love the Roast Pork Noodle Soup. It is crowded and sometimes you may have to share a table, but service was great and they get you in and out fast. The atmosphere, while not great, is part of the charm.
Posted by piscesbaby on 10/27/2004
I've been going to Big Wong since I was a kid and, don't get me wrong, I love the food, but cleanliness has never been the impression that I've been given. When I first took my boyfriend, now husband, for a meal here, he had to suspend his initial negativity because I told him how good the food was. Nowadays, we just order takeout, of which the roast pork and duck are excellent, and dine with our toddlers at home. We would never bring our young children here to eat. It's sad that it appears that most Chinatown-based restaurants don't put cleanliness first. Thanks for letting me vent. I felt I had to respond and let people know that this restaurant isn't all what that first reviewer stated.
Posted by Bill on 05/17/2004
The moment you walk into this chinese restaurant, you'll be greeted with a thunderous inquiry of "how many?" Be sure to give a quick response to the number in your group and you'll be whisked away to the next available table. Service is fast and the dishes are brought out with such a quickness that it might appear that the waiters are reading your thoughts before you order. The decor of the this place is cafeteria-like with sparse trimmings and adjustable tables to accommodate large or small groups of people. However, it's all about the food and the food here is excellent for people with a hearty appetite or a limited budget for chinese food. The menu is a plethora of chinese noodles, congee and rice dishes with choices of various toppings like wontons, shrimp dumplings or chinese style barbecued meats. My favorite dish is the "som bow fon" (roast pork, white chicken meat and fried egg over rice). My wife's favorite is the same except she prefers dark chicken meat. She loves this dish so much that she savored every last morsel until nothing was left on her plate. Do not be surprised if the check should come before your meal because this place can get packed at times and it's just a polite way of telling you to eat and shove off when you're done. Above all, don't be rude or inconsiderate like the couple I witnessed who ordered a ten dollar meal but hogged the table for hours on a busy night. The people waiting on line wanted to strangle them.
Posted by GloryToHypnoToad on 05/01/2004
The prices here really can't be beat, and the service is usually superb. The place gets rather crowded and loud at times, but it's part of the authentic atmosphere. Most of the patrons are Chinese themselves (which speaks volumes about the food). The noodle soups are some of the best around--I highly recommend the wanton noodle soup, with fun noodles (only $3). The wantons are fresh and authentic (usually shrimp). Despite its sparse decor, the restaurant is clean and the waiters are friendly. A good place to have a delicious, filling, and cheap lunch.