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Posted by P. Pennington on 10/03/2010
I ordered food for delivery. Was told it would be an hour and it has been 2 hours and still no food. I was told that it was on it's way 40 minutes ago . These people lie which is so unnecessary. I just called and now they say it was cancelled . Now they claim it will be on it's way in just a moment. I'd like to hear from others on a restaurant I can replace Chin Chin with!
Posted by Ed S. on 08/24/2010
My wife and our two boys ate at Chin Chin on August 16th. My wife and I found Chin Chin on our trip to NYC last year and wanted to bring the boys this time around. The food and service were excellent again. The shrimp dumpling appetizer was the best we have ever had. For dinner we had Sesame Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken and the Grand Marnier Shrimp. All were fabulous. We will gladly return anytime we are in NYC.
Posted by FoodieNYC on 04/18/2010
Ten years ago I remember a memorable late night at the office take out dinner from Chin Chin. In addition to a handsome menu with whimsical black and white photographs, memories of succulent prawns, freshest and interesting vegetables brought me back a decade later. You know when memories of a place, or in this case food, are rosier than the reality? Accompanied by a friend, we promptly arrived for our 6PM dinner reservation. Whimsical pictures like the ones on that menu years ago were on the walls, an initial warm sign until a waiter, who didn't even say welcome, gruffly brought us to a table in the far back next to the kitchen. He in turn introduced to another waiter (who would take our order), who in turn called another waiter (who poured the water) and then another (who brought the food); a total of four waitstaff tended to us! You'd think this would be a good thing but... In short here's what did and didn't happen: used chopsticks were on our table, the vegetable dumplings were cold, not just room temp cold but cold like they were once frozen. When I alerted one of the waiters of this he promptly shoveled five of the six remaining dumplings onto a plate, why he didn't take the sixth one I don't know, and after five minutes returned with four, one fewer(?!) AND they were the same exact dumplings, now gelatinous and inedible. Chicken satay was literally scraggly pieces of chicken-jerky topped with Skippy-peanut butter based sauce. The Buddhist Delight "mixed" vegetables was comprised of a few broccoli sprigs, maybe two mushrooms, an unmemorable sauce and one small strip of tofu. Perhaps Chin Chin was an innovative, homey, big deal when it first opened, but you can find much better Chinese food at the many dozens of even half-mediocre places in NYC and at a quarter of the price (and it would be free-range, organic, local and at least fresh). As a New York foodie and resident for twenty years, it's been exciting to see new and old places explore creative menus and stimulate curious palates. Chin Chin must have had its day; it's just not today. (I'd give Chin Chin half-a-star if I could).
Posted by Allison on 03/05/2010
I went with a friend to Chin Chin the other day. We had always heard that Chin Chin was the place for great chinese food. We had been to My Evergreen on 2nd Ave and S.Dynasty on Lexington Ave (inside the Marriott), China Moon, etc. typically midtown eateries, but wanted to try someplace more upscale and chi chi. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeting by the hostess who basically gave me an extremely hard time for not checking my coat, muttering to himself as we were being seated that "it is VERY hot in here". From there things just continued to go downhill. We were immediately brought out two small bowls, one with cauliflower and the other with raw bean sprouts - extremely bland tasteless and uninviting. I actually had the waitor remove them from our table. While we were deciding what to get, the wait staff lurked over us giving us cold stares and seemed to be annoyed that we were taking out time looking through the menu. Placing our order, we selected the cold noodles with hot sesame sauce - which was dull and flavorless to say the least. Not nearly worth the $11.50. And while I was still eating my noodles, the wait staff (who seemed to be hovering around our table the entire time, looking very annoyed - I think because I didn't check my coat!) pulled my unfinished plate of noodles away from me while I was still eating - fork in air! We were then delivered the 10 ingredient fried rice and shrimp in lobster sauce. The rice had this horrible burnt smell and taste to it, almost repulsive, while the jumbo prawns with lobster sauce was just "OK" but not nearly the worth the $23.50. The wait staff continued to seem annoyed by us the entire time.
Posted by ChunkyFunkyMan on 02/03/2010
Chin chin is numero uno. Best duck in the city hands down!
Posted by Althea on 01/29/2010
This is the BEST Chinese restaurant I have ever been to. The food & service is simply GREAT. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. I have been there soooo many times. I never get tired of great food & service at Chin Chin. Thanks to my great friend Roberta for recommending this restaurant to me.
Posted by Scott Lawrence on 12/07/2009
I went here on a recommendation by a close friend. To cut to the chase, this restaurant is top notch. If you like shrimp you will die for the Grand Marnier Shrimp. Have it as an appetizer and the move on to the sweet and sour pork. If you like something a little on the spicy side try the Mongolian beef. It is top notch. This is a must visit Chinese restaurant. I am going back again with some business associates for lunch this week. This is just 3 days after my dinner there. Oh yes, it is that good!