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Posted by RCB on 04/23/2014
We tried it again but cannot understand the high reviews. The quarters are cramped, the food is fair (at best) the prices are too high and the service is rushed. We will not try again.
Posted by Sally on 02/25/2013
Poor service. Rude host/ess was just plain mean. Screwed up reservation and seating. Had to argue to get proper seating. Forgot drink orders. Food was decent but overpriced with small servings and improper serving utensils. Wont go back. Regular chinese restaurants have better service than this place. And there are plenty of better priced authentic sichuan places around.
Posted by Uncle parviz on 09/28/2012
In my 78 years of life, I have eaten all over the world, China, Egypt, Russia, Central Asia, Europe and USA. In my opinion, this place has one of the best foods- especially Sole, and Duck. The service is syperb- young pleasant professional servers. The owners are wonderful, cheerful and kind. The price is about 1/3 of the other Chinese places in the area. I have eaten there at least 50 times.
Posted by Chris & Barbara on 09/10/2012
If you're looking for authentic Chinese food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere, this is it. It's one of our favorite restaurants.
Posted by Jolie on 06/20/2012
The food at Cafe China is unique and delicious. Service is wacky. We were served our entrees before the appetizers. Otherwise, it's a very nice restaurant. The decor is right out of the Bette Davis movie "The Letter," very old Shanghai. I will definitely go back again. Favorite dish was the baby bok choy with garlic.
Posted by anonymous on 05/30/2012
I made reservations and picked a menu well in advance of an anticipated group of 50. Got the entire back room for ourselves. The owners were willing to do this on a Saturday night. The atomosphere was much nicer than a typical Chinese restaurant. More like a homey atmosphere that I wish I had available for a family gathering in NYC. It's easily accessible by public transportation and parking outside was free after 7 - a unexpected real plus compared with Chinatown. The food was excellent. A mixture of hot and not so hot food. One of the owners gave good advice about how to choose a mix of dishes to serve a mixed crowd. We had a number of vegatarians in the crowed and most of the dishes without meat could be made as vegetarian. There were rave reviews of the fragrant fish filet, mixed mushrooms, chinese greens, and ma po tofu. Even the people who normally don't eat Chinese food beacuse of the oil were happy eating several of the dishes (mixed mushrooms and greens, fish) served in broth sauces. The scallion pancakes were the hit of the appetizers and steamed vegetable dumplings came in a close second. They offered both white and brown rice and were willing to serve half and half to accomodate all of the people. They were also very flexible - asking when to bring food (as guests wandered in). The service was a bit confused at times. The package included house wine and beer on tap, but I'm still not sure guests got that message from anyone on the staff. On balance the wait staff was friendly and did a good job. There was no problem when we decided to add an a la carte dessert and cut portions in half to serve the group. In the end, although the group was a bit smaller than anticipated they only charged for the number of people who attended - wow. I can't wait to go back on my own to try more of their food. Only it will be hard to choose what to order - too hard to choose between the many dishes I want to try and those I already enjoyed. China Cafe was just what we were looking for - good food in a home-like casual atmosphere. We couldn't have asked for more. An excellent value for the money.
Posted by Susan on 05/29/2012
Chinese food, in the city of late, has turned so tarted up that anything natural-ie.flavor, texture, "good taste- " has definitely gone missing. So, it was with high hopes that we embarked to the unhappening nabe of 30's off Fifth. On a whim and a hunch we were hoping Cafe China would live up to the early yelps of mighty yummy food. Instead, what we found were some mention worthy hits alongside some definite dishes to avoid. The cyber babble about Dumplings in hot oil begged questions- our rating was that this was not the A+ dish we'd read about- but a solid B+. The dumps that came to us were a bit stingy on their inside porkfill, and their slippery texture from the oil made us think Big Business Slickster. The all touted Tea Smoked Duck came as a generous plate of Aflack pieces but showed a lack of restraint -heavy was the hand on the smoker. Green beans were crunchy perfection and Fish Fillets with a tot of ginger and heat tasted soothing rather than sublime. However, the real kicker was that this 7 month young newbie of a resto already has down the annoying seating habit of pushing the less desirable tables first. At 6:00 on a MONDAY night when we requested the back room we were told it was all full. Nosy parkers, we went for a look see and surprise! It actually was less than 30% occupied. C'mon people, there's no barrier of any kind that serves as an excuse for a lack of professional hospitality. Cafe China sits in an off the beaten track location with decor that's little more than a few old glam photos tacked onto the walls and some funky paint colors.Yes, it's better than the average asian joint, still, an eager to please attitude would mean a lot. For Cafe China to continue to serve up Lucky Rice it needs to lose the western attitude!