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Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2008
Chef Ho's is a great find here in the E 80/90's. The classic take out Chinese food dishes have not let us down. My favorite is the Peking Duck, be aware for 2 people only order half. My husband and I ordered the whole and had way too much food. The staff is great, yes as one reviewer stated they are a bit dated, but it feels like a family run place. The owner/chef (not sure what he is) takes control of the room and we've never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. We sometimes make reservations. They are absolutely packed on Thurs - Sun nights, which is a great sign. I can't think of any other neighborhood Chinese restaurant that is always booked. That speaks for itself! I've also tried the Ginger Duck entree which is very good and my husband loves the classic Beef w/ Broccoli. Yes, this place could use a decor update, but it doesn't effect the dining experience in my opinion. Delivery is also quick and good from the orders we've placed so far. I highly recommend!
Posted by The best anything?? on 04/01/2008
I took my girlfriend to Chef Ho's for the famous Peking Duck they claim to provide and it was a bad night for me. First off, the place is grotty. It's dirty in there and needs a serious renovation. Then the staff, the greeter comes after we're standing there for 10 minutes and says nothing. I ask where can we sit and he waves the dirty towel he's carry in the general direction of the left side of the restuarant. Take our seats. It's not too busy. Then another 10 minutes passes before we get a menu. Then this scary looking waitress with the worst retro hair-do I've seen in years barks at us to make our order. We order. 15 minutes later we get tow glasses of water. No sign of the drinks we ordered - again the place is still not that busy and there are three or four floor staff floating around or chatting at the back. Our appetizers arrived charred, I mean burnt beyond edible. We look at the waitress - is she joking? No she walks off. We call her back, she ignores us. Some other guy comes over and we explain. He looks at it and walks off. We wait another 10 minutes, then we get up and walk out. This place should be closed, cleaned, hire new staff - chefs and waiters - then try again - reopen with someone who can cook and someone when can wait the tables. It was a very bad dinner and we never darken their doors or order delivery from them again. Rude and hopeless. Give it a miss.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2008
A great place to dine with the family or with that special someone.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/09/2008
Get the Peking duck here! It's not the best Cantonese/Schezuan food you'll find, but it's better than most of the places outside of Chinatown. The service is good and the staff generally friendly, but otherwise, it's charm is dependent on its UES location, convenient for those looking to order in or craving good Chinese not too far from home. The other dish to order here is the Peacock Fantasy (two types of chicken & veggies).
Posted by UES local on 02/08/2008
My husband and I are both chinese and were stunned to come across such amazing Peking Duck. We ordered a whole duck for delivery and it came with ample sides (hoisen sauce, wraps, green onions, cucumbers). The duck was moist and flavorful (even our 4 year old daughter was devouring it) and the skin reminded us of the duck we had several years ago at a legendary restaurant in Beijing- a quarter inch layer of buttery fat with crackling crispy skin on the outside. Unbelievable! We are completely hooked. We also ordered a side of chinese broccoli that was quite tasty- steamed, greaseless, great flavor. These guys know what they're doing!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/21/2008
I am from San Francisco and have been hunting for good chinese food since I moved out here 8 months ago. Every few months I get a craving for some, and I haven't really been blown away yet. I tried Chef Ho's tonight, and felt compelled to write it up. Its still not traditional chinese food like I used to, but it was very very good. The egg roles are bigger and thicker than I am used to, but these were delicious. The sweet and sour chicken was great! It wasn't too greasy and the veggies were perfectly cooked. I ordered chicken chow mein, (this was the first time I have seen it on a menu in NY) but it was different than what I was used to. They use soba noodles and its more soupy rather than fried. It was still very good though. I highly recommend this place. I got delivery and it was here in less than 30 mins and still steaming on a very cold day!
Posted by Mark on 12/16/2007
Chef Ho's has been a staple in excellent Chinese dining in the upper East side (their original location was 86 St. on 3rd) for many years. The prices are more than reasonable and the menu items, though the names may sound familiar, are NOT your typical greasy, fast food turn around take-out kitchens. I strongly recommend: Hunan Dumplings (spicey). Fried Dumplings. Pork Lo Mein. Shredded Pork in Garlic sauce.