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Posted by Anonymous on 05/24/2009
Agree with the poster named Delicious..I thought it was me! i took it personal...big noodle place across the street, the servers have been rude for years! charlies has the same old guys that will shake your hand when and greet you like family! the food is great..I take people there all the time...and recommend anyone i know who is visiting the west village...yeah the place on 7th in the 90's was the best..but anyone who wasnt there before would'nt know the difference and still think charlies is awesome..and and I still do.
Posted by UpperWestFoodie on 01/27/2009
Charlie Mom is good, tasty, basic Chinese. My wife and I have been ordering from Charlie Mom on and off for more than a decade, and we have found few places in the city that match Charlie Mom's quality and consistency. The chicken is white meat and fresh; the beef, not fatty; the sauces have distinct flavors. I order cashew chicken as my go-to Chinese meal and Charlie Mom's is among the best (Wu Liang Ye being my #1). My wife swears by the steamed vegetable dumplings as one of the best foods she's ever eaten. We moved to the Upper West Side two years ago, and I still get Charlie Mom delivery--it comes to my Flatiron office and I bring it uptown. This says as much about the bleak Chinese landscape on the UWS as it does about Charlie Mom, but if it's better after 30 minutes on the subway than every place north of 72nd Street, well.... Bonus points to the friendly older gentleman who is my regular delivery man and without a doubt one of the nicer and more personable deliverymen around.
Posted by Mitch on 08/10/2008
Read the sparkling reviews from others and don't see what the hype is about. Ordered takeout and found the lo mein to be tasteless, and the garlic chicken to be subpar. Very disappointing for what used to be a solid standby for decent Chinese food.
Posted by JamesBeardSnob on 03/18/2008
As somebody who has more food experience than most professional critics, I can say that NOTHING touches Charlie Mom's. Very unpretentious and old-school, every single thing I've had on their menu is either the best or in the top three I've ever had it. I would rather eat here than have a meal at any of the "celebrity hangout" chinese places that cost 10x as much. Everything on the "specials" part of the menu is divine, the fried chicken dishes (tso's or sesame chicken) are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender inside. The eggrolls are a meal in themselves and are the best I've had. The ribs are great, as is the house fried rice. Best Peking Duck in NYC, with an attached special that is a STEAL. I've been going here for 20 years now, and it hasn't changed. This place has a delivery EMPIRE. They deliver so fast you wonder how they cook the food in time (although it is always fresh, not pre-made) and you can tell that people like them because when you walk around the neighborhood, you see everybody throwing out their trash on the street in Charlie Mom bags. If they ever close, I'm chaining myself to the door like a redwood.
Posted by Big Fan on 02/01/2008
I absolutley love this place . The food and people are wonderful. I have been going for the last 15 years and now my kids love it and extended family keep up the good work guys - very nice people.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/06/2008
Im sick and tired if ethnic FUSION food. CharlieMOM is one of the last traditional american/chinese restaurants outside of china town. The Staff will treat you like family if you become a regular and theyre a bunch of wanna be actors looking for a passing job. Great warm gathring place with a group of people..call ahead! It is a simple atmosphere but it is CLEAN!!, warm and intimate. When you order your food they will bring it out nicely prepared in record time. Everything I have ordered is tasty and delicious. It just depends on your personal taste. They will do their best to make your food to order if you ask. Prepare dishes dishes in white or brown sauce...hold the egg..soy sauce ..whatever! Please support New York's NON CORPORATION OWNED restaurants that are truly wonderful. The food is excellent. I love this place an go at least once a week for for a treat after a long week of work. What a reward!
Posted by Long-time Fans of C.M.'s on 12/29/2007
We have been coming to NYC to eat at Charlie Mom's since the 90's. It was recommended to us, and we are still passing that along to others today. It is hard for us to try new restaurants because we just crave the veggie dumplings and freshly prepared dishes. So we plan our city days to land in the Village at mealtime.