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Posted by long time customer on 04/20/2010
I have been going to the Allen and Delancey st Congee for over five years. I have been going to Congee Bowery for the past two and the service is completely different. Not only were the waiters unhappy and rude at the bowery location, but the manager was even worse. I'll go there again and again because I stuff my face after bar hopping once a week there. If you are sober and can walk a few blocks away go to the Delancey and Allen location-much better service. It's your run of the mill chinese banquet restuarant. The food is trust worthy. It's not spectacular but its not greasy take out either. hope this helps.
Posted by BH on 09/26/2009
You don't go to an authentic Chinese banquet hall to eat Americanized dishes you would order from Panda Express. The food is amazing, as long as you steer clear from the American greasy standards (moo shu pork and general tso's etc)
Posted by anonymous on 09/16/2009
I have never eaten sesame chicken this bad in my life. it felt like the chicken was left over from a few days ago, really rough and hard to chew. Sauce was also far away from anything tasting like the sesame chicken souce. Sorry but would not feed my dog with it.
Posted by yummybanana.com on 11/19/2008
Congee is "A gruel of boiled rice and water, which serves as a background for a host of other foods including fish, shrimp, chicken, peanuts, sesame seed and eggs." according to Congee Village’s website. I tried the congee with mushrooms and chicken. It was very good. It had a soothing, comfort food kind of feeling to it. Warm, soft, mild and delicious. The added ingredients, in this case mushroom and chicken, are the prominent flavors but dont overpower the rice flavor. I’m guessing that if I had ordered the sliced fish and preserved egg congee or the pigs blood and sliced fish congee that maybe the balance of flavors would be tipped. The only way to find out is to try them. The list of different congees is endless. They range in price from $2 to $8. I also tried the shark fin soup with crabmeat. At first taste, I got the sensation of tasting horse hooves. It tasted like eating a gooey wet horse. After eating it some more, I started to enjoy it. An unexpected pleasure was fried bread! It sounded to me like a heart attack on a plate. When it was brought to the table, there were about 5 oblong pieces of lightly fried bread that resembled donuts. Thats exactly what they tasted like. Light, airy delicious donuts. Served with a side of condensed milk. You dip the bread into the gooey milk and eat. Really delicious. There is so much to try on the menu, it’s endless. There are many choices for the adventurous palatte. We are definately going to go back and try some more dishes.
Posted by LocalFav on 07/08/2008
The food served at Congee Bowery is authentic, fresh, and very delicious. I've always had the best dining experience here, and would recommend this place to anyone!! The congees are especially good, as well as the vegetables. So impressed. 5 Stars!!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2008
This place is great, cheap and clean. Food was a little oily but you get what you pay for. Great portions. I'm not sure where else you can get a sit down meal for $10, but they probably have a minimum for credit card use also.
Posted by Hedone on 01/24/2008
Excellent value for money. I'll be a regular from now on. To the <censored> who complained about their credit card policy. What kind of <censored> lives in New York and goes around with less than $10 in their pocket?